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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 (based on the book by), Fay Kanin (written for television by)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Burnett ... Peg Mullen
Ned Beatty ... Gene Mullen
Dennis Erdman Dennis Erdman ... Michael E. Mullen
Sherry Hursey ... Patricia Mullen
Timothy Hutton ... John Mullen
Fanny Spiess Fanny Spiess ... Mary Mullen
Steve Bonino Steve Bonino ... Cactus
Henry Brown
Cosie Costa Cosie Costa
Hilly Hicks ... Willis Huddleston
John Hillner
Kevin Hooks ... Polk
David Keith ... Leroy Hamilton
Mark Montgomery Mark Montgomery
Dan Shor ... Prince
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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

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Carol Burnett dyed her trademark red hair brown for the role of Peg Mullen. See more »

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period piece doesn't lose anything with passage of time
4 June 2010 | by johnp234See all my reviews

Like other reviewers, I was reminded of the "heroic" death of Pat Tillman. The misguided attempts of some in the armed forces to console the families, friends and country about the loss of a favorite son resonate deeply into the heartland.

Seeing this movie made in 1979 showcases how little we have learned from the lessons of Vietnam, or the Colin Powell doctrine (if you don't know it, Google it). What a rich and fortunate country we are that we can afford to throw away our best young men, over and over and over.

I lost 6 men from my squadron on February 11, 1971. Non-combat related, but dead just the same. Years later, Clyde's heartbroken daughter asked me why he had died. I had no answer for her, just as the Sam Waterston character has no answer for the Mullens. I still don't know. At the time, I didn't even know why I survived. I since have learned that lesson. It's so I can keep the memory of those 6 men alive, and remind others that they once walked among us, and are still loved by those who knew them.

Friendly Fire is not perfect, but it's good enough. See it. Reflect on it. Go out and change the world.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1979 (USA) See more »

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A Bala Traiçoeira See more »

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1.33 : 1
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