Col Mike Kirby: "Out here, due process is with a bullet!"
John Wayne was the right-wing driving force behind a fiercely pro-American, anti-communist drama about the war in Vietnam that was made with the full co-operation of the military. Always a bad sign.
One of the few films made at the height of the conflict (1968, actually), it followed a sceptical journalist (David Janssen) who has his eyes opened to the sub-human inclinations of the Viet Cong by Duke's granite-jawed Green Beret Colonel (at sixty he was actually much too old) while his troops distribute candy to Vietnamese kiddies.
A heavy-handed lump of propaganda, it portrayed the enemy is sadistic tyrants and the US Army as gum-chewing humanitarians far happier digging irrigation ditches than showering local peasants with Agent Orange.