Good Guys Wear Black (1978)

Good Guys Wear Black (1978)





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Chuck Norris plays John T. Booker, a Vietnam vet who finds out that several of his army buddies lost their lives in a mission that was intended to fail. Seeking answers, Booker quits his school-teaching job and tracks down the surviving members of his unit. One by one, his old friends are being knocked off by sinister forces, orchestrated by a crooked, and legally untouchable, politician. Amidst a plethora of martial arts, gunfire and explosions, the film briefly pauses for a comic-relief scene involving over-aged bellboy Jim Backus. Good Guys Wear Black did so well at the box-office that it warranted a sequel, A Force of One (1979).
Action & Adventure , Television
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Chuck Norris
as John T. Booker
Anne Archer
as Margaret
Lloyd Haynes
as Murray Saunders
James Franciscus
as Conrad Morgan
Dana Andrews
as Government Man
Jim Backus
as Doorman
James Bacon
as Senator
Soon-Teck Oh
as Mjr. Mhin Van Thieu
Joe Bennett
as Lou Goldberg
Larry Casey
as Mike Potter
Jerry Douglas
as Joe Walker
Viola Harris
as Airline Ticket Agent
Anthony Mannino
as Gordie Jones
Stack Pierce
as Holly Washington
Don Pike
as Hank
Warren Smith
as Morgan's Chauffeur
David Starwalt
as Steagle
Virginia Wing
as Mrs. Mhin Van Thieu
Pat E. Johnson
as C.I.A. Agent
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Critic Reviews for Good Guys Wear Black

All Critics (4)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

One of the better Chuck Norris action flicks

December 7, 2006
Atlantic City Weekly

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August 20, 2005

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June 22, 2005
Cinema Signals

Typical early-career Norris chop-socky cop stuff.

July 26, 2002

Audience Reviews for Good Guys Wear Black

A big step up from Breaker Breaker. This one, while featuring less martial arts has a better story and better acting.

Noah McClintock
Noah McClintock

You practical son of a bitch. John T. Booker is a former special units officer that has discovered his former military colleagues are getting executed. He decides to begin an investigation to determine who is behind the killings. He will partner with old friends to bring down the villain. "I like choppers. They're like birds." Ted Post, director of Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Magnum Force, Gunsmoke, Yuma, Five Desperate Women, Night Slave, and The Baby, delivers Good Guys Wear Black. The storyline for this picture is fairly flimsy and felt too contrived. The action scenes were fairly average and the acting was worse. The cast includes Chuck Norris, Anne Archer, Dana Andrews, Jim Backus, and James Franciscus. "Please don't ask. I'm almost certain I'll lie." I came across this on Netflix and decided to give it a shot. This action film is a classic in name only. I was very disappointed with this action movie and was hoping it would get better. This is a disappointing film and isn't really worth your time. "I have always been rather clumsy." Grade: C-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

A bit too long and somewhat lame action movie with Chuck Norris doing his best in trying to act seriously but not being that convincing. This brought lots of action, thrills, suspense and good fights. My favourite scene is outside the airport where the hired assassin was taken out after Booker's girlfriend (Anne Archer) was killed in the plane bomb and Booker (Norris) went after him before he got into the Toyota Celica, and tried to run over Booker. In which Booker returned and delivered the awesome flying dropkick to the windshield killing the assassin. I later found out that the stunt was done by his brother Aaron.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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