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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. 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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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

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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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Carol Burnett is Superb in Distinguished Film
14 February 2002 | by FILMBUFFNYSee all my reviews

This is the TV movie that established Carol Burnett as an exceptionally fine dramatic actress. She gives a deeply moving portrayal of real-life Iowa farmer Peg Mullen who went on a crusade to uncover the truth of her son's death in Vietnam. The scene when Peg first approaches her son's coffin is emotionally shattering. It breaks me up in tears every time I watch it. Carol received critical raves, an Emmy Award nomination for Best Actress and the People's Choice Award. Such is the power of Burnett's performance that she totally erases the image of the beloved clown of her wildly popular 1967 to 1978 variety show. She gets outstanding support from Ned Beatty as Peg's husband, Timothy Hutton as their younger surviving son and Sam Waterston as the investigative journalist. The film is among the most distinguished ever made for television. It won multiple 1979 Emmy Awards including Best Drama.


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