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

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DVD Available, but not USA!
4 December 2013 | by jrude-520-299544See all my reviews

This film is available as DVD at amazon.uk, and amazon.de, United Kingdom and Germany. Unfortunately not in USA except very high cost VHS version. The German disc (also the provider for UK) has English & German audio tracks. It's a shame no one USA provides this as a DVD version. I saw this when it first came out as a TV movie. It's incredible. An almost forgotten war now except those who participated or were effected in other ways. It's the story of all wars. Waste, horror and unintended consequences. Sad. It continues today in Afghanistan. Friendly Fire, Fratricide. Sometimes they are seen as Heroes. Mostly they are victims as are all the dead of The Extreme Form of Politics, War. Carol Burnett's performance is just heartbreaking. It is hard to get an off Region DVD legally. Surely amazon.com could offer this in a Region 1 DVD. There's a market. Please fill it. It's available on amazon Prime to view. That's like watching pictures of kittens but unable to touch them.


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