G | | Drama, War
Col. Mike Kirby picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam. First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General.
The house from which John Wayne's team kidnaps the North Vietnamese general was on a heavily wooded estate in Columbus, Georgia, off of Hilton Avenue, just north of the intersections of 13th Street, Wynnton Avenue, and Macon Road. It was chosen by Wayne's production crew for its classic neo-French architecture and because the grounds were adorned with non-native plants and trees. Unfortunately, the house burned to the ground in the 1990s, the lot was never rebuilt upon and to this day is home to the various plant species that appeared in the movie. On a more whimsical note, during the scenes where Wayne's assault team sneaks up on the villa (during the day), if you stop-motion the DVD as Wayne and Jim Hutton survey the situation, you can look between the foliage and see cars passing by on Wynnton Ave, and the parking lot of Sara Spanno's Fish House, a popular Columbus seafood restaurant for many years, in the background.
Colonel Mike Kirby:
You're what this is all about.
It is clearly implied that Col. Kirby and Capt. McDaniel both have previous tours to Vietnam. But, early on, when they are shown wearing their ribbons, neither one has any ribbon earned while serving in 'Nam. Nor do they have the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal which was awarded for Vietnamese service prior to 1965. From 1965 on, U.S. forces earned the Vietnam Service medal. Most also earned the Vietnam Campaign medal issued by the Vietnamese government and authorized for wear by U.S. service people.
In the original UK cinema version the BBFC edited some shots of a man impaled with a tree branch for an 'A' (PG) certificate. All later releases were uncut.
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