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Death Before Dishonor (1987)

Gunnery Sergeant Burns reports for duty to an American Embassy in the Middle East. However due to the 'enlightened' views of the Ambassador, the marine security detachment he is in charge ... See full summary »

Director:

Terry Leonard

Writer:

John Gatliff
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Dryer ... Gunnery Sgt. Burns
Joseph Gian ... Sgt. Manuel Ramirez (as Joey Gian)
Sasha Mitchell ... Ruggieri
Peter Parros ... James
Brian Keith ... Col. Halloran
Paul Winfield ... Ambassador
Joanna Pacula ... Elli
Rockne Tarkington ... Jihad
Daniel Chodos Daniel Chodos ... Amin
Mohammad Bakri ... Gavril (as Mohammed Bakri)
Chaim Jeraffi Chaim Jeraffi ... Zabib (as Haim Gerafi)
Tuvia Tavi Tuvia Tavi ... Elias
Yossi Ashdot Yossi Ashdot ... Hamed
Yossi Virginsky Yossi Virginsky ... Attache
Yossi Virzansky Yossi Virzansky ... Attache
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Gunnery Sergeant Burns reports for duty to an American Embassy in the Middle East. However due to the 'enlightened' views of the Ambassador, the marine security detachment he is in charge of is severely restricted in their functions and presence to avoid upsetting the host government. As a result, when terrorists attack the compound, they are able to kidnap hostages and escape with little opposition. Burns ignores the Ambassador's restrictions, and throws the rule books out the window, as he becomes a one man army in an attempt to rescue the hostages, and wipe out the terrorists. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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It's not just a job. It's a vendetta! See more »

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The US Embassy in Beirut was bombed in April 1983, six months before the Marine Barrack, not Army barracks, were bombed. Death Before Dishonor uses these incidents in the same manner the Heartbreak Ridge used the invasion of Grenada. See more »

Quotes

Gunnery Sgt. Burns: Both sides of those rocks.
Ruggieri: Why we got to paint both sides of the rocks?
James: I don't know.
Gunnery Sgt. Burns: You boys ever heard of Korea?
James: Yes sir, Gunny.
Gunnery Sgt. Burns: Well then you are probably very familar with the conflict at Hill 442. Is that right?
Ruggieri: Yes sir. Everyone has heard of that battle.
Gunnery Sgt. Burns: And did you know your Colonel is personally responsible for pulling 52 marines off that hill? Alive.
Gunnery Sgt. Burns: So don't you think the Colonel deserves to have his rocks painted tops and bottoms?
Gunnery Sgt. Burns: Good; paint the rocks.
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Alternate Versions

UK video versions were cut by 9 secs by the BBFC to edit shots of Halloran's hand being pierced with a power drill. The 2008 Anchor Bay DVD is uncut. See more »

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Honor this not bad action piece
21 January 2013 | by PeterMitchell-506-564364See all my reviews

Death Before Dishonor takes itself too seriously, and in this case it's a plus. Though it's lead isn't the best actor in the world, it's good to see someone different beside the Chuckies and Stallones. It's actually a really put together film, that I wouldn't call spectacular, but it treads the thin line between fair and good, where it's closer to good. It has a different setting too, the middle east. Sergeant Gunnery Burns (Dryer is caught in an ambush, his marines slaughtered, his commanding officer (Brian "Family Affair" Keith) is kidnapped along with two escorting marines, by merciless terrorists, who's ways of getting answers are brutal. One marine's hand takes a hell of a drilling from a Mackita, at a terrorists/bitch's hand. A nasty piece of role. When they go for the leg next, he folds, against that ever existing rule, as well as his shamed C.O, Death Before Dishonor. A great title. The ambush sequence is fantastically shot, where at the end of it, Dryer yells s..t after jumping from a bridge, into a gully, his jeep, he evacuates, prior, exploding. There's some other good action pieces too, that makes great use of location. Some of the violence is raw, but this is one of those better action pieces, a two week runner, that's not that far fetched as you would think. Joanna Pacula, (remember her) co stars, as a bold photographer who first gets on Dryer's bad side, a side you don't want to be on. We too see the loyalty of terrorists, one driving his van straight into the embassy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Israel

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,847,950, 22 February 1987

Gross USA:

$4,546,244

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,546,244
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1.85 : 1
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