Friendly Fire is an American television movie first broadcast on the ABC network on April 22, 1979. Watched that night by an estimated 64 million people, Friendly Fire went on to win four Emmy awards, including Outstanding Drama Special. The film was directed by David Greene.
The movie tells the real-life story of Peg Mullen (played by Carol Burnett), a woman from rural Iowa who works against government obstacles to uncover the truth about the death of her son Michael, a soldier killed by American "friendly fire" in the Vietnam War in 1970. Mullen's husband Gene is played by Ned Beatty.
Friendly Fire is based on the 1976 book of the same name, written by C. D. B. Bryan, which in turn was adapted from a series of New Yorker magazine articles Bryan had written about the Mullens and their ordeal.Carol Burnett — Peg Mullen
Ned Beatty — Gene Mullen
Sam Waterston — C. D. B. Bryan
Dennis Erdman — Michael E. Mullen
Timothy Hutton — John Mullen
Fanny Spiess — Mary Mullen
Sherry Hursey — Patricia Mullen
Michael Flanagan — Father Shimon
Hilly Hicks — Willis Huddleston
William Jordan — Col. Byron Schindler
Vernon Weddle — Col. Georgi
Jack Rader — Sgt. Fitzgerald
Robert Wahler — Alan Hulting
David Keith — Leroy Hamilton