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Good Guys Wear Black
Good Guys Wear Black
is a 1978 American action film starring Chuck Norris and directed by Ted Post.[3] This was the second film to feature Norris as the star.[4] The film featured a first screen appearance by Norris' brother Aaron Norris and final appearances by Lloyd Haynes, Dana Andrews
Dana Andrews
and Jim Backus.


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Reception 5 Other media 6 References 7 External links

Plot[edit] Back in 1973, one United States Senator
United States Senator
Conrad Morgan (James Franciscus), the chief delegate diplomat in negotiating the terms of the end of Vietnam
War, made a deal in Paris, France
with Kuong Yen, the North Vietnamese negotiator. The deal called for Yen to release certain key CIA
in exchange for Morgan setting up a death-trap for an elite group of CIA
assassins, known as the Black Tigers. The treaty signed, the Black Tigers were sent into the jungles of 'Nam to their unknowing demise, under the guise that they were on mission to liberate American POWs. However, the negotiators failed to realize one thing: the commando's team leader was one Major John T. Booker (Chuck Norris). So, needless to say and despite all odds, Booker survives. As do the four men wise enough to have remained in his general vicinity. Five years after returning from Vietnam, Booker, now living in Los Angeles, California, is now working as a political science professor at UCLA, donning a post-war moustache, and with a hobby of race car–driving. Booker lectures to a bunch of kids on how the war should not have happened, and that the U.S. should not have been involved. He then jokes about singing patriotic songs the following week to atone. Sitting in on one of his lectures is a bright female reporter named Margaret (Anne Archer) who starts asking some very specific questions about the botched rescue mission. It seems that someone is slowly killing all the surviving members of the special forces team. Booker is suddenly thrown back into his past when Morgan's appointment as Secretary of State spurs Yen to blackmail his ex-negotiations buddy into making good on his unfinished deal: the extermination of the Black Tigers. Cast[edit]

Actor Role

Chuck Norris Major. John T. Booker (The Black Tigers)

Anne Archer Margaret

James Franciscus Conrad Morgan

Lloyd Haynes Murray Saunders

Dana Andrews Edgar Harolds

Jim Backus Albert (The Apartment Doorman)

Lawrence P. Casey Mike Potter (The Black Tigers)

Anthony Mannino Gordie Jones (The Black Tigers)

Soon-Tek Oh Mjr. Mhin Van Thieu (The Black Tigers)

Joe Bennett Lou Goldberg (The Black Tigers)

Jerry Douglas Joe Walker (The Black Tigers)

Stack Pierce Holly Washington (The Black Tigers)

Michael Payne Mitch (The Black Tigers)

David Starwalt Steagle (The Black Tigers)

Aaron Norris Al (The Black Tigers)

Don Pike Hank (The Black Tigers)

Benjamin J. Perry Finney (The Black Tigers)

Kathy McCullen Kelly

Michael Stark Pitman

James Bacon Senator

Hatsuo Uda Shoeshine Man

Virginia Wing Mrs. Mhin Van Thieu

Viola Harris Airline Ticket Agent

Jacki Robins Fat Lady

Pat E. Johnson CIA

Warren Smith James (Morgan's Chauffeur)

Dick Shoemaker Newscaster

Production[edit] Norris said a friend wrote the script from a storyline he devised with one of his students.[2] Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris
had a long dialogue scene with James Franciscus
James Franciscus
about the Vietnam
War. Steve McQueen, who Norris knew, saw it and advised Norris to let support characters take care of the exposition, "then when there's something important to say, you say it."[5] "Let the co-stars do the b.s. dialogue," Norris says McQueen told him. "I do it. Eastwood does it. Bronson does it."[2] Reception[edit] The movie grossed $18 million at the box office, due in part to a year-long publicity tour Norris did.[2] It received generally poor reviews. Other media[edit] Chuck Norris' character in The Expendables 2
The Expendables 2
is named Booker "The Lone Wolf", in homage to John T. Booker in Good Guys Wear Black. References[edit]

^ " Good Guys Wear Black
Good Guys Wear Black
- Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved 28 July 2011.  ^ a b c d Drooz, A. (1981, Mar 12). Chuck norris aims for stardom. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/152733428?accountid=13902 ^ Maslin, Janet (1984-12-02). "FILM VIEW; SHORT ON TALK, BIG AT THE BOX OFFICE". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-02.  ^ "Good Guys Wear Black". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2011-01-02.  ^ BROESKE, P. H. (1985, May 19). CHUCK NORRIS--AN ALL-AMERICAN HIT. Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/154169712?accountid=13902

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Films directed by Ted Post

The Peacemaker (1956) The Legend of Tom Dooley (1959) Hang 'Em High
Hang 'Em High
(1968) Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Beneath the Planet of the Apes
(1970) Yuma (1971) Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate (1971) The Baby (1973) The Harrad Experiment
The Harrad Experiment
(1973) Magnum Force (1973) Whiffs
(1975) Go Tell the Spartans
Go Tell the Spartans
(1978) Good Guys Wear Black
Good Guys Wear Black
(1978) Nightkill
(1980) Stagecoach (1986) The H