The Firing Line

  • 1991
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Action, War

"Perfect for our post-war climate" went one of the phrases used by AIP Home Video to sell retailers on this poor combat-o-rama that came out on cassette in June 1991, following the allied victory in the Persian Gulf War. Keep that blurb in mind and THE FIRING LINE acquires a perverse irony in its anything-for-a-firefight plot. Captain Mark Hardin (Reb...read more

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"Perfect for our post-war climate" went one of the phrases used by AIP Home Video to sell retailers on this poor combat-o-rama that came out on cassette in June 1991, following the allied victory in the Persian Gulf War. Keep that blurb in mind and THE FIRING LINE acquires a perverse irony

in its anything-for-a-firefight plot.

Captain Mark Hardin (Reb Brown) is a Pentagon "advisor" in an unnamed Latin American country, leading local troops against communist peasant guerrillas. Hardin helps capture a notorious rebel leader, but later learns that the US-backed soldiers executed the man without trial, then raped and

murdered his female companion. When Hardin protests these atrocities, he's promptly tortured by his own compatriots. The commando escapes--and joins up with the commie insurgents he formerly hunted. Hardin now steers the reinvigorated revolutionaries to victory over the fascist baddies.

One shouldn't read much of a message into this stuff, even if Melvin Davidson, as lead villain Milton Green, bears a disquieting resemblance to Gulf Commander General H. Norman Schwarzkopf. It's all a mindless, apolitical excuse for automatic-weaponplay and battle-by-battle retribution. More

notable is the presence of possibly the crudest point-of-view binocular shot of all time, mismatched stock footage of military hardware, and inferior sound quality that renders dialogue inaudible (sample line: "It gives me great pleasure to get rid of you meddlesome fools.")

Playboy playmate Shannon Tweed costars as Sandra Spencer, an American sporting-goods sales rep who goes AWOL with the hero and naturally falls for him. She's shrill and annoying, but give her credit for turning in any performance at all. The rest of the cast doesn't even try, some sounding like

they learned their lines phonetically. Action scenes are frankly dull, and occassional slow-motion sequences only drag them out. (Violence, profanity, sexual situations, nudity.)

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  • Released: 1991
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: "Perfect for our post-war climate" went one of the phrases used by AIP Home Video to sell retailers on this poor combat-o-rama that came out on cassette in June 1991, following the allied victory in the Persian Gulf War. Keep that blurb in mind and THE FIR… (more)

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