5.0/10
835
22 user 20 critic

Death Before Dishonor (1987)

Gunnery Sergeant Burns reports for duty to an American Embassy in the Middle East. However due to the 'enlightened' views of the Ambassador, the marine security detachment he is in charge ... See full summary »

Director:

Terry Leonard

Writer:

John Gatliff
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Dryer ... Gunnery Sgt. Burns
Joseph Gian ... Sgt. Manuel Ramirez (as Joey Gian)
Sasha Mitchell ... Ruggieri
Peter Parros ... James
Brian Keith ... Col. Halloran
Paul Winfield ... Ambassador
Joanna Pacula ... Elli
Rockne Tarkington ... Jihad
Daniel Chodos Daniel Chodos ... Amin
Mohammad Bakri ... Gavril (as Mohammed Bakri)
Chaim Jeraffi Chaim Jeraffi ... Zabib (as Haim Gerafi)
Tuvia Tavi Tuvia Tavi ... Elias
Yossi Ashdot Yossi Ashdot ... Hamed
Yossi Virginsky Yossi Virginsky ... Attache
Yossi Virzansky Yossi Virzansky ... Attache
Edit

Storyline

Gunnery Sergeant Burns reports for duty to an American Embassy in the Middle East. However due to the 'enlightened' views of the Ambassador, the marine security detachment he is in charge of is severely restricted in their functions and presence to avoid upsetting the host government. As a result, when terrorists attack the compound, they are able to kidnap hostages and escape with little opposition. Burns ignores the Ambassador's restrictions, and throws the rule books out the window, as he becomes a one man army in an attempt to rescue the hostages, and wipe out the terrorists. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In a world of compromise, he wouldn't! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The US Embassy in Beirut was bombed in April 1983, six months before the Marine Barrack, not Army barracks, were bombed. Death Before Dishonor uses these incidents in the same manner the Heartbreak Ridge used the invasion of Grenada. See more »

Goofs

Brian Keith's character is tortured with a power drill, the drill bit being driven through the back of his hand. When he and Fred Dryer ride off into the sunset, shortly after the torture, there's no wound on either hand. See more »

Quotes

Gunnery Sgt. Burns: Both sides of those rocks.
Ruggieri: Why we got to paint both sides of the rocks?
James: I don't know.
Gunnery Sgt. Burns: You boys ever heard of Korea?
James: Yes sir, Gunny.
Gunnery Sgt. Burns: Well then you are probably very familar with the conflict at Hill 442. Is that right?
Ruggieri: Yes sir. Everyone has heard of that battle.
Gunnery Sgt. Burns: And did you know your Colonel is personally responsible for pulling 52 marines off that hill? Alive.
Gunnery Sgt. Burns: So don't you think the Colonel deserves to have his rocks painted tops and bottoms?
Gunnery Sgt. Burns: Good; paint the rocks.
See more »

Alternate Versions

UK video versions were cut by 9 secs by the BBFC to edit shots of Halloran's hand being pierced with a power drill. The 2008 Anchor Bay DVD is uncut. See more »

User Reviews

 
Feature length enlistment infomercial
20 May 2003 | by BuzzardHawkSee all my reviews

This was typical of the one-sided, unintentionally funny, and jingoistic action movies that came out during the Reagan Administration, and as such, clearly shows its age.

See Edward Zwick's "The Siege" instead.


5 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Before Dishonor See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,847,950, 22 February 1987

Gross USA:

$4,546,244

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,546,244
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed