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Good Guys Wear Black (1978)

PG | | Action | June 1978 (USA)
An ex-US Army commando must find the reason why his comrades from his unit are being systematically murdered before he is next.


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Bruce Cohn (screenplay), Mark Medoff (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Norris ... John T. Booker
Anne Archer ... Margaret
James Franciscus ... Conrad Morgan
Lloyd Haynes ... Murray Saunders
Dana Andrews ... Edgar Harolds
Jim Backus ... Doorman
Lawrence P. Casey ... Mike Potter - The Black Tigers (as Larry Casey)
Anthony Mannino Anthony Mannino ... Gordie Jones - The Black Tigers (as Tony Mannino)
Soon-Tek Oh ... Mjr. Mhin Van Thieu - The Black Tigers (as Soon-Teck Oh)
Joe Bennett Joe Bennett ... Lou Goldberg - The Black Tigers
Jerry Douglas ... Joe Walker - The Black Tigers
Stack Pierce Stack Pierce ... Holly Washington - The Black Tigers
Michael Payne Michael Payne ... Mitch - The Black Tigers
David Starwalt David Starwalt ... Steagle - The Black Tigers
Aaron Norris ... Al - The Black Tigers


The former leader of a commando rescue attempt into Vietnam tries to discover why his squad members are being murdered, one-by-one, after the war is over. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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Chuck Norris is John T. Booker and Booker is fighting back. See more »




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Lloyd Haynes' final feature film. See more »


When the Black Tiger commandos get in the helicopter at the beginning of the mission, Major Booker (Chuck Norris) enters the front of the helicopter and sits in the right hand seat. US military helicopter pilot in command fly from the right hand seat. If Major Booker had sat in the front of the helicopter he would have sat in the left hand seat however, sitting in the front seat would not allow an easy tactical egress at the Landing Zone so he probably would have sat in the rear with his squad. See more »


Gordie Jones - The Black Tigers: I like choppers, they're like birds.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 7 secs by the BBFC to remove an ear clap and a shot of a guard being killed with a throwing star. See more »


Referenced in Kung Tai Ted: Ninja Death III (2010) See more »

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Not Bad...
26 February 2003 | by b-man-1See all my reviews

Good Guys Wear Black (1978) was one of Chuck Norris's first starring roles. Norris plays John T. Booker, a C.I.A. who is sent on a mission to rescue American P.O.W.s in Vietnam, but during the mission, he and his men are attacked and find that no Americans were at the Vietnamese camp. After Booker and the remaining soldiers just barely escape, they find out that their team, The Black Tigers, were set up. After a long walk home, the C.I.A.s are turning up dead and John T. Booker is the last one alive, and no one can help him but a lawyer named Margret. This film was made in 1977, but wasn't released until a year or two later. The action is decent, espiecially two scenes, one that takes place at a ski resort, and another at an airport where Chuck Norris fights this Japanese assassin. Overall, a decent 1970's action movie with bad acting and a really bad 70's sounding soundtrack.

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June 1978 (USA) See more »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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