Good Guys Wear Black (1978)

Good Guys Wear Black (1978)

“I’m saying we’ve been set up.”

A former elite CIA assassin (Chuck Norris) collaborates with a fellow vet (Lloyd Haynes) in uncovering a plot by a corrupt politician (James Franciscus) to have all survivors of a certain raid in Vietnam assassinated.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Assassination
  • Chuck Norris Films
  • Political Conspiracy
  • Veterans
  • Vietnam War

Chuck Norris’s first notable role was in this post-Watergate political conspiracy thriller, starting with an action-packed raid in Vietnam which goes terribly wrong.

Flashing forward, we see that Norris is now a graduate student in political science at UCLA, who enjoys racing cars on the side:

… and has no trouble being pursued by numerous beautiful women — including a mysterious reporter (Anne Archer) who he quickly becomes involved with.

Meanwhile, we see Haynes getting increasingly suspicious about a spate of strategic murders taking place across the nation — all involving men who were part of their elite team.

The film takes us across various scenic locales, including a ski resort at Lake Tahoe:

… with bloody sniper kills interspersed at regular intervals. What role does aging alcoholic politician Edgar Harolds (Dana Andrews) play in all of this?

That’s not revealed until much later on; but one thing is guaranteed: we will get to see Norris fighting at least once.

Note: Watch for Jim Backus in a cameo role as a doorman.

Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:

  • Dana Andrews as Edgar Harolds
  • Creative sets

Must See?
No; this one is only must-see for Norris fans. Listed as a Cult Movie in the back of Peary’s book.


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