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The Siege of Firebase Gloria

Category: 13
All Genres: Action, Drama, War
Release Year: 1989
Country: Australia, Philippines
Runtime: 96
Rating: (0)
Languages: English, Vietnamese
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Sound: Mono

  • Against all odds they went to hell and back.

  • Writing by: William L. Nagle – (writer) (as William Nagle)
    Tony Johnston – (writer)

    Produced by: Rod S.M. Confesor – producer
    Ana Maria Dans – associate producer
    Michael Fuller – associate producer (as Mike Fuller)
    Antony I. Ginnane – executive producer
    D. Howard Grigsby – producer (as Howard Grigsby)
    Marilyn Ong – executive producer (as Marilyn G. Ong)

    Cast: Wings Hauser – Cpl. Joseph L. 'Nard' DiNardo
    R. Lee Ermey – Sgt. Maj. Bill Hafner / Narrator
    Robert Arevalo – NVA Col. Cao Van
    Mark Neely – Pvt. Murphy
    Gary Hershberger – Capt. A.J. 'Bugs' Moran (chopper pilot)
    Clyde Jones – Pvt. 'Shortwave' Coates (as Clyde R. Jones)
    Margi Gerard – Capt. Kathy Flanagan, MD
    Richard Kuhlman – Ghost
    John Calvin – Capt. Williams (CO)
    Albert Popwell – 1st Sgt. Jones
    Michael Cruz – Vietnamese Child

    Music: Paul Schutze
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    Plot Outline: 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.
    Plot: 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.

    Movie Quotes: Hafner: Crap's gonna hit the fan Jones, and this place ain't prepared for shit!
    Jones: This firebase can't be defended.
    Hafner: How many men you got out there that ain't brain dead?
    Jones: I've got nobody willing to trip over his own guts for the Vietnamese way of life.
    Hafner: I got no delusions about you or your mens democracy Jones. We are gonna refortify this shit hole and protect it like it was your daughter's cherry. I don't know about you, but I ain't gonna die here.

    Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    After the introductory credits the following can be found: 'for L.B. who might have smiled'

    Goofs: We know about 1 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Crew or equipment visible: Director/actor Charles Lane giving directions to the other actors in the film.

    Trivia: There are 1 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • The explosions that follow as Di Nardo returns to the fire base saying, “Fuck your password,” after the commando raid are actually fireworks.

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