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The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989)

A tough sergeant and his sidekick roll into a demoralized firebase and proceed to rebuild morale and fortifications in advance of the climactic battle with the VietCong.

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William L. Nagle (as William Nagle), Tony Johnston | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wings Hauser ... Cpl. Joseph L. DiNardo
R. Lee Ermey ... Bill Hafner
Robert Arevalo Robert Arevalo ... Cao Van
Mark Neely ... Murphy
Gary Hershberger ... Moran
Clyde Risley Jones ... Coates (as Clyde R. Jones)
Margaret Gerard Margaret Gerard ... Flanagan (as Margi Gerard)
Richard Kuhlman ... Ghost
John Calvin ... C.O. Williams
Albert Popwell ... Jones
Michael Cruz Michael Cruz ... Vietnamese Child
Erich Hauser ... Patrol Member (as Eric Hauser)
Miguel Romero Miguel Romero ... Patrol Member (as Guel Romero)
Don Wilson ... Patrol Member (as Donald Wilson)
Nick Nicholson Nick Nicholson ... Photographer
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Storyline

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 Binyamin Appelbaum

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Taglines:

Against all odds they went to hell and back.

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia | Philippines

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Obliehanie základne Glória See more »

Filming Locations:

Philippines

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Budget:

AUD 1,600,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (partly: Black & White)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer William Nagle was an Australian S.A.S. soldier who served tours of Vietnam between 1965 and 1969. See more »

Goofs

Boom mic shadow visible during the last scene in which Haffner and the rest of the Americans pursue the attacking Vietcong out of the Firebase. See more »

Quotes

Hafner: [narrating, as they enter the village that's been massacred, dead bodies and carnage everywhere about them] No amount of training can prepare you for an experience like this. Shortwave said he'd seen worse on the streets of Detroit. But that's the kind of bullshit you use to keep from going crazy. Murphy was the one it hit the hardest. He was a green college kid from Indiana. The closest he'd been to death was his granddad's funeral.
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The most honest and gritty Hollywood look at the Vietnam
10 September 2001 | by videobob-3See all my reviews

If you are tired of all of the Hollywood films that disparage the military in general and dedicated soldiers, sailor and airmen specifically, this is your movie. This also is not a gung-ho armed services recruiting film, because of its very real depiction of the horors of war, it received a well deserved "R" rating.


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