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Friendly Fire (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Movie 22 April 1979
When they try to learn how how their son died in Vietnam, the Mullens meet lies and evasion on all sides.

Director:

David Greene

Writers:

C.D.B. Bryan (book), Fay Kanin
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Burnett ... Peg Mullen
Ned Beatty ... Gene Mullen
Sam Waterston ... C.D.B. Bryan
Dennis Erdman Dennis Erdman ... Michael E. Mullen
Timothy Hutton ... John Mullen
Fanny Spiess Fanny Spiess ... Mary Mullen
Sherry Hursey ... Patricia Mullen
Michael Flanagan Michael Flanagan ... Father Shimon
Hilly Hicks ... Willis Huddleston
William Jordan William Jordan ... Col. Byron Schindler
Vernon Weddle Vernon Weddle ... Col. Georgi
Jack Rader ... Sgt. Fitzgerald
Robert Wahler Robert Wahler ... Alan Hulting
David Keith ... Leroy Hamilton
Bernard Behrens ... Dietrich
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Storyline

In March 1970, a U.S. Army officer arrived at the Iowa farm of Peg and Gene Mullen and informed them that their son Michael had been killed in Vietnam by "friendly fire." Their determined attempts to learn more about the circumstances of their son's death are the subject of this true account film. Written by alfiehitchie

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The true story of the anguish and courage of one American family.

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Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bala Traiçoeira See more »

Filming Locations:

Stockton, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

On a second tour of duty in Vietnam in 1970, Lieutenant-Colonel Norman Schwarzkopf, 37, was heading the Americal Division's 1st. Battalion, 6th Infantry, 198th Brigade, when a section of its company became trapped in a mine field. Schwarzkopf was the first to arrive at the scene in a helicopter and oversaw the immediate evacuation of the wounded. The factual events that unfold in this telefeature are based on the book by C.D.B. Bryan. Schwarzkopf's pseudonymous character, Col. Byron Schindler, is portrayed here by William Jordan. See more »

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" When one lies, it's bad, but when the Army Lies, it becomes the Official Record "
10 July 2010 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

The Unites States Army has a history dating back to 1776. In it's archives are stories of great courage and heroism. Citizens, ranging from school Children to civic patriots who erect statues and monuments to those great men have come to believe in their heroes. It is difficult then to discover that the very people who are entrusted with telling the truth of the fallen have decided to lie to Americans. This movie is called " Friendly Fire " a difficult misnomer if ever there was one. The most famous casualty of friendly fire (accidently killing our own soldiers) was Pat Tillman a courageous man who gave up a lucrative football career to serve his country. However, the U.S Army dishonored his sacrifice and fabricated his death. In this story, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Mullen (Ned Beatty and Carol Burnett, Great acting.) play an Iowa couple who proudly see their son Michael march off to war. Unfortunately, the military replays their trust by first pretending to not knowing the details of their son's death and then later trying to destroy their credibility by not answering their inquisitive questions, spying on them, tapping their phones and finally trying to discredit them as Americans and their tireless efforts to learn the real story behind their son's death. Director David Greene and writer Courtlandt Bryan provide's amply foundation for the Mullen's desperate plea for understanding and final resolution. Sam Waterston plays C.D. Bryan a very sympathetic writer who finally helps them to find a simple peace. One which America still waits on the fifth Tillman investigation. ****


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