The title refers to the U.S. Army's former "MOS" (job code) for a combat cameraman. The story follows a unit of American G.I.s in Vietnam, all with different backgrounds and motives for being there, through the lens of his camera.
Patrick Sheane Duncan
The film's thin veneer of social propriety (the story of how the VietCong came under Hanoi's control) is merely a cover for a rolicking old-time battle tale, complete with a hard-tack sergeant, his rebellious sidekick, and a demoralized base that needs to be whipped into shape before the VietCong attack.Written by
R. Lee Ermey, who plays Sgt. Maj. Hafner, really is a former US Marine and veteran of the Vietnam War. See more »
The "air cavalry" pilot consistently has his helmet microphone several inches away from his mouth. Because of the noise levels in Hueys, pilots kept their microphones touching their upper lip for best results. See more »
[DiNardo is beating and torturing a wounded Viet Cong prisoner]
What the hell are you doing? Leave him alone!
Look lady, this is called "extracting infromation". Do you understand that?
So we torture prisoners now, do we?
You're goddamn right! This ain't Nebraska, lady.
Well you don't do it in my hospital!
[continues hitting the wounded prisoner]
Chot lai! Talk to me!
What kind of animal are you?
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The Siege of Firebase Gloria is a rare movie in that it manages to show a conflict from both points of view (much like another war movie classic, The Longest Day.) While the director takes certain liberties with details (guns are fired for too long without reloading, for example) the action sweeps you up so that unless you are really looking for it, you won't notice it, and I am curious to know who actually counts rounds in combat.
The VC are portrayed as human beings with their own motivations and desires, just as the marines are. Soldiers on neither side are wanting to die, but they are willing to; the Vietnamese to liberate their country and the marines for each other.
There is a plot point with a small kid that doesn't quite work, but doesn't detract from the rest of the movie at all.
All in all, an excellent movie and one well worth watching.
8 out of 10.
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