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Good Guys Wear Black

Good Guys Wear Black
Good Guys Wear Black (movie poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTed Post
Produced byAllan F. Bodoh
Mitchell Cannold
Michael Leone
Screenplay byBruce Cohn
Mark Medoff
Story byJoseph Fraley
StarringChuck Norris
Anne Archer
Soon-Tek Oh
Dana Andrews
James Franciscus
Lloyd Haynes
Jim Backus
Music byCraig Safan
CinematographyRobert Steadman
Edited byMillie Moore
William Moore
Action One Film Partners, LTD
Mar Vista Productions
Western Film Productions
Distributed byAmerican Cinema Releasing
Release date
  • June 21, 1978 (1978-06-21)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1 million
Box office$18.3 million (United States)[1][2]

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 and Jim Backus.


Back in 1973, one 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 POWs 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.


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 Agent
Warren Smith James (Morgan's Chauffeur)
Dick Shoemaker Newscaster


Norris said a friend wrote the script from a storyline he devised with one of his students.[2]

Chuck Norris had a long dialogue scene with 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]


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

Chuck Norris' character in The Expendables 2 is named Booker "The Lone Wolf", in homage to John T. Booker in Good Guys Wear Black.

See also


  1. ^ "Good Guys Wear Black - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Drooz, A. (1981, Mar 12). Chuck norris aims for stardom. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from []
  3. ^ Maslin, Janet (1984-12-02). "FILM VIEW; SHORT ON TALK, BIG AT THE BOX OFFICE". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  4. ^ "Good Guys Wear Black". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  5. ^ BROESKE, P. H. (1985, May 19). CHUCK NORRIS--AN ALL-AMERICAN HIT. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from []

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