For today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, I decided to check out another film from one of my favorite action stars in Chuck Norris (Missing In Action). I decided to check out one of the early Norris films in 1978’s Good Guys Wear Black which sees Norris as former special forces Major John T. Booker. The United States in the film was in the middle of peace talks with Vietnam, but for some reason they believed there were still POW’s. So, Booker along with his team known as The Black Tigers are sent on a mission, but everything goes wrong as the guys were set up. Fast forward five years later and everything is normal in Booker’s life until a reporter named Maggie (Anne Archer) shows up. The next thing you know, the surviving members of John’s team are being killed off one by one. So, John decides to investigate and get to the bottom of it before it’s curtains for him. The film also stars James Franciscus (Beneath The Planet of The Apes) as Conrad Morgan, Lloyd Haynes (The Greatest) as Murray Saunders, Dana Andrews (Laura) as Edgar Harolds, Soon-Teck Oh (The Man With The Golden Gun) as Mhin, and the film was directed by Ted Post (Magnum Force). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:
So as far as the stats are concerned for Chuck Norris in this film, he has about 16 kills/knockouts in the movie. Other than what we kind of know what happened in Vietnam on that mission, we do not know anything else about his origins. He does have a love interest in the film and he has a sexual conquest. That same love interest is definitely hurt in the film and a lot of his friends are being taken out. The big boss is definitely defeated, but you’ll have to see for yourself how it was done. The one redeeming thing about this film cause it was kind of mediocre was the flying kick into the windshield scene. Other than that one scene, there is really nothing much else that is redeeming about the film. It doesn’t have a heck of a lot of action, but I suppose when it does it’s good. There is way too much talking in one of the scenes and it’s like OK we get it already they are too much of a reliability. This is probably one of my least favorite Norris films out of all the ones that I have seen from him and I am surprised by that actually. The fight scenes are a little too quick for my liking and it could have been done a little better as well. The writing for most of the film however wasn’t that bad and the acting was good so it’s safe to say those were the redeeming points of the film. It’s on Netflix, watch it if you like. I am going to give the film 3 fists out of five for a final grade.