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Good Guys Wear Black (1978)

PG | | Action | June 1978 (USA)
An ex-US Army commando must find the reason why his comrades from his unit are being systematically murdered before he is next.

Director:

Ted Post

Writers:

Bruce Cohn (screenplay), Mark Medoff (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Norris ... John T. Booker
Anne Archer ... Margaret
James Franciscus ... Conrad Morgan
Lloyd Haynes ... Murray Saunders
Dana Andrews ... Edgar Harolds
Jim Backus ... Doorman
Lawrence P. Casey ... Mike Potter - The Black Tigers (as Larry Casey)
Anthony Mannino Anthony Mannino ... Gordie Jones - The Black Tigers (as Tony Mannino)
Soon-Tek Oh ... Mjr. Mhin Van Thieu - The Black Tigers (as Soon-Teck Oh)
Joe Bennett Joe Bennett ... Lou Goldberg - The Black Tigers
Jerry Douglas ... Joe Walker - The Black Tigers
Stack Pierce Stack Pierce ... Holly Washington - The Black Tigers
Michael Payne Michael Payne ... Mitch - The Black Tigers
David Starwalt ... Steagle - The Black Tigers
Aaron Norris ... Al - The Black Tigers
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Storyline

The former leader of a commando rescue attempt into Vietnam tries to discover why his squad members are being murdered, one-by-one, after the war is over. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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The C.I.A. can't afford John T. Booker... alive. See more »

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Action

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Good Guys Wear Black See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was part of a cycle of 1970s conspiracy movies. These included: Executive Action (1973), Klute (1971), Chinatown (1974), Cutter's Way (1981), Telefon (1977), Winter Kills (1979), The Conversation (1974), The Parallax View (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Domino Principle (1977), Good Guys Wear Black (1978), Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977), Hangar 18 (1980), Capricorn One (1977), and All the President's Men (1976). Blow Out (1981) would follow in the early 1980s. See more »

Goofs

After Mike is shot on the ski slope, Booker rides the snowmobile down to chase the shooter. In the shot showing his view, everything is clear ahead of him. In the next shot, showing him from a bystander's viewpoint, Mike's yellow clad body is in full view. See more »

Quotes

Margaret: You're the professor, professor.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 7 secs by the BBFC to remove an ear clap and a shot of a guard being killed with a throwing star. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Missing in Action (1984) See more »

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Chuck Norris vehicle with lots of action, thrills, suspense and spectacular fights
10 November 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film begins in Paris , 1973 during peace talks to end the Vietnam War.Later on, Riverside , California, five years later , a mild-mannered teacher named Booker (Chuck Norris) keeps his previous life as leader of a Vietnam commando (Soon-Tek Oh, Pierce, Aaaron Norris, among others) named ¨The Black Tigers¨ unit under wraps until he discovers that he's number one in a hit list. John Booker attempts to resolve why his former squad are being mysteriously killed, one time the Vietnam war is over.There's a conflict-ridden love interest as well, Norris falls in love with a lovely journalist (a youngster Anne Archer) who must to save her.

This exciting picture is plenty of action-packed, tension,suspense and cheesy sub-plot to boot with wild stunts .The movie displays a plethora of martial arts fights ,Norris cleans up the nasty fighters by means of punches ,kicks,bound and leaps with struggles certainly slick .It's violent, frenetic and hectic and not particularly literary but worthy entry in Kung-Fu genre , although runs out energy surprisingly early. Average Norris-thriller ,exciting and tense at times with fine work from Dana Andrews, Lloyd Haynes and James Franciscus as a brilliant and ambitious politician. And of course, Karate expert Chuck Norris who saves the day with lots of visceral violence , he's a nice wrestler who possesses incredible strength . The film belongs Norris's early period ,during the 80s as : ¨Code of silence,Delta Force,Silent rage,Octagon,Forced vengeance, Delta Force I,II, An eye for an eye¨ among others with successful box office at cinemas and video-rentals. In the 90s and 2000s with exception of ¨Walker Texas Ranger¨,the Norris star has gone down. Action addicts will give this one a passing grade ,all others need not apply. If you're a previous Norris fans,you'll like it but contains enough action and violence for enthusiastic of the Karate genre. The motion picture is regularly directed by Ted Post. It's followed by the sequel titled ¨A force of one¨ with Norris-Booker as team commander of some undercover narcotic agents who are being eliminated one-by-one.


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