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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.


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




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 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


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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Against all odds they went to hell and back.


Action | Drama | War


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Did You Know?


R. Lee Ermey, who plays Sgt. Maj. Hafner, really is a former US Marine and veteran of the Vietnam War. See more »


The Texas license plates hanging in the command bunker were not issued until 1975. See more »


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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well, i sponsored this film to be put in the database...
2 August 1999 | by dana-27See all my reviews

i had bragged on this film so much over the last year that i finally pleaded with IMDB to include it, and they did (thank you).

i finally got home from a contract and found several folks had put in comments ahead of me. i respect these opinions expressed and am pleased that the film got such an immediate group of comments.

this movie is a shocker, and much of what it says is too painful to be accepted by most folks. i am not going to defend it... it is worthy of standing alone. but if you watched it and found it another RAH-RAH WE ARE AMERICANS film, a john wayne we win in the end shootem-up, then consider watching it again, but pretend you come from america, home of the north viet nam peoples and the round eyes are the invaders from a place far away and unimportant.... then see if you can count the autocracies committed in the name of their backward, wrong country. no, this is not a routine movie, not by any sense of the word.

by the way, Lee Ermey is a genuine, real live viet nam war hero, multiple tours, a leader of men... his performance is over the top for those of you who weren't there, but for us guys who had 3 feet of piled dirt between us and 500 of them at one time or the other, nothing sounded so good as a gruff old man saying that if we did as we were told, we would live to see morning.

catch Lee in 'purple hearts'

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Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA) See more »

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AUD1,600,000 (estimated)
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