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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.

Director:

Marvin J. Chomsky

Writer:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Division Headquarters See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Failed pilot for a potential series. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Cook: Let's go! Let's go! I ain't got all day! Come on, stupid, come on!
[Notices that the next man holding out his mess kit to him is none other than the general]
Cook: Oh, I'm sorry, sir, I didn't recognize you... Hey, quick! Get something special for the general!
Maj. Gen. Joe Barrett: I want some of that.
[Cook hesitatingly ladles some stew into Barrett's messkit bowl. Barrett takes one forkful, spits it out, and sets his messkit on the table]
Maj. Gen. Joe Barrett: I wouldn't feed this to a starving buzzard.
[...]
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Connections

Edited from Patton (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

The Longest Day
(uncredited)
Music by Paul Anka
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maybe some casualties but not a lost war
28 November 2003 | by KDWmsSee all my reviews

Looks like the proponents of this film could use a little help. OK. Here it comes... Not being much of a historian, and stupid about discards from other pictures, I am unable to evaluate it with these things in mind. Perhaps this lesser intelligence accounts for my being entertained by this flick. It's about a newly-transferred General who concludes that somebody with access to his Command Post is tipping off the Germans with regard to his division's movements. I was not distracted by any inferiority in the easily-seen stuff, such as the acting, sound, lighting, writing, etc. Therefore, I was intrigued by the effort here to identify the source of the "leak". I, for one, would say that FIREBALL FORWARD (which refers to the nickname of the headquarters of the top brass) is worth reconning, and is no more of a gamble as to whether you'll like it or not, than most other movies.


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