Friendly Fire (1979 film)

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Friendly Fire
Genre Drama
War
Written by Fay Kanin
(based on the book by
C. D. B. Bryan)
Directed by David Greene
Starring Carol Burnett, Ned Beatty, Sam Waterston, Timothy Hutton
Music by Leonard Rosenman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Martin Starger
Producer(s) Philip Barry Jr.
Fay Kanin
Cinematography Harry J. May
Editor(s) Michael Economou
Running time 147 minutes
Production company(s) Marble Arch Productions
Martin Starger Productions
Distributor ABC
Release
Original network ABC
Original release
  • April 22, 1979 (1979-04-22)

Friendly Fire is an American television movie first broadcast on the ABC network on April 22, 1979. Watched that night by an estimated 64 million people,[1] Friendly Fire went on to win four Emmy awards, including Outstanding Drama Special.[2] The film was directed by David Greene.[3]

The movie tells the real-life story of Peg Mullen (played by Carol Burnett), a woman from rural Iowa who works against government obstacles to uncover the truth about the death of her son Michael, a soldier killed by American "friendly fire" in the Vietnam War in 1970. Mullen's husband Gene is played by Ned Beatty.

Friendly Fire is based on the 1976 book of the same name, written by C. D. B. Bryan,[4] which in turn was adapted from a series of New Yorker magazine articles Bryan had written about the Mullens and their ordeal.[5]

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