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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 »

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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


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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Australia | Philippines


English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Obliehanie základne Glória See more »

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Box Office


AUD 1,600,000 (estimated)
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Color (partly: Black & White)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 "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]
Captain Flanagan: What the hell are you doing? Leave him alone!
DiNardo: Look lady, this is called "extracting infromation". Do you understand that?
Captain Flanagan: So we torture prisoners now, do we?
DiNardo: You're goddamn right! This ain't Nebraska, lady.
Captain Flanagan: Well you don't do it in my hospital!
DiNardo: Oh no?
[continues hitting the wounded prisoner]
DiNardo: Chot lai! Talk to me!
Captain Flanagan: What kind of animal are you?
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References The Mighty Mouse Playhouse (1955) See more »

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A good war movie
23 November 2002 | by KnuckleSee all my reviews

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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