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Fireball Forward (1972)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, War | TV Movie 5 March 1972
A hard-nose general takes over a division with a bad combat record.


Marvin J. Chomsky


Edmund H. North
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Gazzara ... Maj. Gen. Joe Barrett
Ricardo Montalban ... Jean Duval
Anne Francis ... Helen Sawyer
Dana Elcar ... Col. Talbot
Edward Binns ... Corps Commander
Morgan Paull ... Sgt. Andrew Collins
Curt Lowens ... Capt. Bauer
L.Q. Jones ... Maj. Larkin
Eddie Albert ... Col. Douglas Graham
Robert Patten ... Col. Avery
Richard Yniguez ... Capt. Tony Sanchez
Kenneth Tobey ... Gen. Dawson
Don Eitner ... Sgt. Brock
John Gruber John Gruber ... Doctor
Stanley Beck Stanley Beck ... MP sergeant


A hard-nose general takes over a division with a bad combat record.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Action | Drama | War


Not Rated






Release Date:

5 March 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Division Headquarters See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This utilises footage from "Patton". See more »


Scenes showing tanks switch between contemporary and M4 Shermans dating the movie to a period when realism was not as important, and functioning period vehicles were considered less important, and available. See more »


GI #2: Give 'em hell, General.
Maj. Gen. Joe Barrett: You got the rifle, YOU give 'em hell.
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Edited from Patton (1970) See more »


Patton March
from Patton (1970)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
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Performances over Action
8 March 2017 | by gary-64659See all my reviews

I can't remember having seen this wartime mystery thriller since the Seventies, but I loved having the great performances throughout recalled to me as I just rewatched it yesterday on Youtube. It's one great result they have obtained here, the level of drama not limited at all by the TV-level budget. Naturally the special effects are at a minimum and I value it all the more for that.

Ben Gazzara is tops in the kind of authoritative role he was best at -- a dogface who made it up tomajor general through field promotions -- adding charismatic color andnever falling into the trap of leaning back on their laurels as the likes of staple character stars Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan or Carroll O'Connor sometimes did in "bigger" war movies of the day. Eddie Albert is good as always in an ambiguous role, Ricardo Montalban very good, along with Dana Elcar, L.Q. Jones and others in what must be called an ensemble effort. Even Morgan Paull, a lesser-known juvenile second lead of the day, added to the whole as a shell-shocked corporal. For this, a theme too deep for today's TV-watchers, and the excellent pacing and plot, I give it an unreserved 9/10 as an absorbing way to pass an hour and a half.

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