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
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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
The explosions that follow as Di Nardo returns to the fire base saying, "Fuck your password," after the commando raid are actually fireworks. 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 »
A little religious communication might not be a bad idea at this stage of the game. Now myself, I don't take any chances, I talk to Mohammed, Buddha, Mr. Jesus H. Christ Himself and any other religious honchos I can come up with.
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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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