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. In the second part, the strange sense of humor of the soldiers is shown while they are fighting the chaos and tragedy of the war. The split psyche protagonist(s) approach ala Anthony Mann is used pretty well here as a "professional" soldier embodied by Ermey's Sgt.
Lee Ermey is good but in this one, he is FANTASTIC; Wings Hauser also turns in a superb job as his close friend and is very believable, for a civilian (meaning non-military), and the clown who plays the chopper pilot is so REAL, I couldn't believe that he WASN'T a 'Nam pilot! The movie is about a paraplegic veteran who tries to re-adjust to civilian life while finding comfort with the wife of another soldier. A movie that was able to humanize Vietnam veterans returning home from the war. Forget what the nay-sayers write about this movie. I didn't even know of it until recently and it's well worth its praise. Tags: None. I was an 8 yr old wanna be marine in 1968, having grown up on a steady diet of books about the Marine's island-hopping campaign during WWII and shows like "Combat! "The people were friendly.
Any Alamo movie. A classic war film which follows the true story for quite a bit, shame it wanders off at the end. Based on the true story, this film follows the struggle of a group of brave marines as they attempt to defend Firebase Gloria during the Tet Offensive, even though they are greatly outnumbered. Tells the story of the battle for Ia Drang, with Mel Gibson playing the legendary commander Hal Moore. Much like the movie "Zulu" with Micaael Caine, "The Siege of Firebase Gloria" is about an isolated outpost threatened by overwhelming numbers. In the first half, the recruits are seen training to be the part of Marine Corps and ends with a private murdering a staff sergeant and then committing suicide.
It's a just darned good action film. It is hard not to love this little flick.
And true to form, in Firebase Gloria the perma-enraged sergeant regularly unleashes an ungodly amount of guttural insults at decibel-shattering volume. R. Lee Ermey gives a truly sympathetic and tough-as-nails performance. 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. But by and large I thought that the movie worked in all departments. The Siege of Firebase Gloria In my quest to discern the 100 Best War Movies, I am working my way through Military History Magazine’s 100 Greatest War Movies list. There are many comments already about this movie but as a vet and been there I consider this as many of the other vets have said in their comments...a super great and realistic movie.
well, i sponsored this film to be put in the database... very good despite some subpar dialogue & acting, The most honest and gritty Hollywood look at the Vietnam. It features R. Lee Ermey (who seems born to portray all-American soldiers) as a right-wing commander, and Wings Hauser, who plays a relentless but tender-hearted commando. Certainly NOT...for children! Do me a favour!!! It's NOT being picky to point out two of the most glaring errors: The VC did NOT shoot their way into the US Embassy and start killing secretaries and staff; nineteen sappers broke into the embassy compound and all were killed outside on the grounds. Join Date: 03 Sep 03; Posts: 17987; Share Tweet #2. Never released in UK, it's a great, easy to watch. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Next time you have a thought about actual combat, "forget it." Not sure if they are referring to the Tet Offensive in general, or a more specific incident. I bought this one to replace an old copy which I had recorded from television.
An excellent film but you have to be aware that it is very violent, bloody and with a lot of bad language. The action scenes are top-notch (and who would expect anything less from Ozploitation director Brian Trenchard-Smith?) R Lee Ermey as a Marine Sergeant (He actually was, and in Vietnam). Talk:The Siege of Firebase Gloria. There is a very watchable film. However, the story of a Marine Recon patrol plays out properly. I spent 16 months over there and was on many Firebases, and was overrun many times and this film over the ensuing years has caused me many flashbacks, but it's so great, I can't help re-watching it again and again - I just don't plan on getting much sleep that night. Not only the battle but also the situation at home and the treatment of the veterans has the focus in this film. With Wings Hauser, R. Lee Ermey, Robert Arevalo, Mark Neely.
Carring your dead out can't be put into words.
Stone was also nominated for best director.. Based on the actual events of the incident on Hill 192 in 1966, we follow Michael J. With one of the best performances by Robert De Niro along with the realistic approach towards the effect of war on young soldiers, The Deer Hunter managed to scramble five well-deserved Oscars and made tons on box office. 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. Enjoy, I did!! Ignoring that, it is still the best and most truthfull depiction of what it was really like.
See also "We Were Soldiers" for a lot of similar scenes. For all the endless meaningless films that are transferred to DVD why has this great film been passed over?
An impressive, insightful movie on the Vietnam War, Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2020. As a former Vietnam Vet, I related to this film, though it was a little too much Hollywood. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. First off.
The first part of a trilogy and said to be the inspiration of Full Metal Jacket it was one of the first Vietnam War films to be published. Carring an AK 47 on patrol to fool the enemy is real. But it gets even better. It almost cuts the top of the heads off in so many scenes, and it always feels like it's 'in your face'.
Brian Trenchard-Smith is a classic director in this genre, far more interesting than Oliver Stone and his ideological vomit. The action sequences are plentiful, and nicely staged. Apparently, neither have Leonard Maltin, Roger Ebert, or the editors of the "VideoHound Golden Movie Retriever." ), too much needless full-auto fire, not enough use of M18 Claymore mines, etc. In this case, not Zulu warriors, but thousands of Viet Cong, during the grisly Tet Offensive. Not for the squimish but if you want to see what it really was like..this is the movie for you. There is some heavy insight on both sides that only could be appreciated by a REAL combat veteran. True, there were some cliched moments like when the character Murphy started going on about his girl back home, you just knew that he was going to `buy the farm', and when we found out that Short-Wave only had a matter of weeks left of his tour, we knew that he was history as well. Lee Ermey, bless him, delivers his usual almost-over-the-top performance without even acting. Believe me, it is the real deal. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 17, 2020, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 28, 2014. Antecedents: "Beau Geste". I was there - This is like a 'Nam Vet's 2 hour home movie. If you haven't seen it- Do so! The movie follows the life and experience of three young friends who went to fight in the Vietnam War. It was like being back there again! Because of this, you're also missing a lot of the actual cinematography (background and foreground) that went into making this film. It's a war movie for God's sake!!! This is a movie not a documentary. The Siege of Firebase Gloria is a gritty, relatively low budget Vietnam era film. Out. The movie follows five soldiers from boot camp all through their tour of duty in Vietnam. Fox as Private First Class Max Eriksson who relives his Vietnam war experiences through flashbacks. I speak as a former Marine Tet Vet (got my own Purple Heart at Hill 34). Coming towards the back-end of the 80s, where Vietnam war films populate from the well-produced Hollywood productions to the low-grade, but gung-ho b-films; "The Siege at Firebase Gloria (1989)" turned out to be quite a powerful, little low-budget enterprise which balanced it's raw brutality with a humane side.
Perhaps the last few sentences stated by the North Vietnamese Commander says it all of the Tet offensive Strategy: 1) Demoralize the USA public into correctly thinking that this was a war of attrition that the USA was not willing to pay; 2) the secondary purpose was to kill off the South Vietnamese VC as a viable military force, since when the North Vietnamese finally came. It almost seems petty to pick on the few technical errors: Ermey at one point refers to himself as being on a LRRP mission (the Army's recon team) when he's Marine Recon, and the magazines on the M-16 rifles seem to hold thousands of rounds...no one ever seems to need to reload. Hal Ashby directed the film that was nominated for best picture. The story line is great (and supposedly based on a true story) and in my opinion, it's one of the best Vietnam war movies out there, and deserves a quality rendition on disc. Based on the true story, this film follows the struggle of a group of brave marines as they attempt to defend Firebase Gloria during the Tet Offensive, even though they are greatly outnumbered. In the comments about the movie on Amazon.com, someone claims this movie was based on a true incident.
Spectacular. I agree with the other VN vets...only those who were not there would pick it apart for tech details and acting abilities. This a great movie, and it deserves so much better! It features R. Lee Ermey (who seems born to portray all-American soldiers) as a right-wing commander, and Wings Hauser, who plays a relentless but tender-hearted commando. and Playboy's place in maintaining morale of the troops. Some tactical mistakes, such as too many US soldiers and Maries needlessly exposing their toros's to an onslaught of enemy fire (Keep your head down, weapon up! The story line is great (and supposedly based on a true story) and in my opinion, it's one of the best Vietnam war movies out there, and deserves a quality rendition on disc. Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2018. The courage of your enemy does you honor." Finding a POW holding compound in a stream ravine is "real." Although I was only an Army Ranger (5th Group) for 18 months, I was on 7 LZ' and was in 49 firefights and got into this film from the first minute-I got it only a few weeks ago on video, but have seen it on cable dozens of times and will catch it EVERY time it's on! In the process, I am also looking at movies that could potentially crack the top 100. 01 Mar 06,, 05:00. "The Siege of Firebase Gloria" is a really graphic flick about a squirmish at an American base called Firebase Gloria in Vietnam. When the squad is being sent to Tigerland, a U.S. Army training camp during part of the Vietnam War Bozz turns out to be a good leader. Just watched this again after several years, and frankly, there isn't much I can add to the many reviews already posted except to agree: SOFG is one of the very best films produced on the Viet Nam war. Being attacked by a Battalion ( on May 1,1970 ) by the NVA, and being on your own is real. Gets more and more captivating the longer you watch. Overall, the treatment of the war is fair, without the preachy BS common in some war films.
We work hard to protect your security and privacy. I was in Americal in '69 and '70, A 3/21 196th, and can't put into words how lucky I was. " After a few scenes with these two guys you realize they are the most bughouse psychos ever unleashed as leaders on an unsuspecting war-movie platoon. 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. If you enjoy a good "battle" movie, be sure to catch this one--you won't be disappointed. A lot of the picture has been cut off the top and bottom which kind of ruins it for me, and it's as though you're watching the movie while using the extreme Zoom feature on your screen, and I never could get comfortable with that.
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