The Siege of Firebase Gloria

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The Siege of Firebase Gloria
The Siege of Firebase Gloria - Poster.jpg
The Siege of Firebase Gloria Theatrical Poster
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
Produced by Rod S.M. Confesor
D. Howard Grigsby
Written by William L. Nagle
Tony Johnston
Starring Wings Hauser
R. Lee Ermey
Music by Paul Schutze
Cinematography Kevan Lind
Edited by Andrew Prowse
Distributed by Fries Entertainment
Release date
  • January 27, 1989 (1989-01-27)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Siege of Firebase Gloria is a 1989 film starring Wings Hauser and R. Lee Ermey that was filmed in the Philippines.[1] According to a question and answer period in Sydney, director Brian Trenchard-Smith said that R. Lee Ermey wrote the screenplay.


At the start of the Tet Offensive a Marine unit on patrol stops at Firebase Gloria. When the base comes under attack the patrol remains to help in its defense. The Soldiers and Marines come under numerous attacks by the VC (Viet Cong), but in the end hold the base with assistance from the First Cavalry Division. While the Marines try to defend the base, the Viet Cong commander discovers that he is in a similar position: it was never his mission to win the battle, but to lead his men to their deaths in order to allow the North Vietnamese Army to take a more substantial role in the war. The Marines are subsequently forced to abandon the base having lost too many men in the process of defending it. In the end, the soldiers and commanders on both sides take stock of the loss of life for this single base.



Although the film was written, produced and directed by Australians it was not considered Australian for the AFI Awards.[2]


  1. ^ Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p140
  2. ^ Alex Mitchell, 'AUSSIE MOVIE SHUNNED', Sun Herald, 23 July 1989 p11

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