(1973) Directed by Ossie Davis. Los Angeles, CA:
20th Century Fox. 90 min.
A black soldier comes home to Harlem after a tour in Vietnam and discovers that his wife
had become a heroin addict and died of an overdose. Infuriated, he gathers three of his
ex-GI buddies and they lay out plans to fight the drug dealers.
From the back cover:
Four Vietnam Veterans declare war on drug dealers!
(Color, 1973) Paul Winfield has the title role in this action-packed tale about a quarted of
veterans who use their combat skills to clean up their neighborhood. Capt. Gordon (Winfield)
returns from Vietnam to learn that dope pushers and addicts now rule his neighborhood, and
that his own wife has fallen victim to drugs. First Gordon is devestated. Then he gets angry.
Rounding up three buddies with whom he fought in the jungle, he secures state-of-the-art
weaponry and declares war on a new enemy. It doesn't take long for dealers like "Big
Pink" and "Spanish Harry" to get the message. And then all hell breaks loose in
a barrage of flying fists, deadly ambushes, savage gunfire and explosive revenge. It's only the
beginning of GORDON'S WAR. 90 Minutes.
"Briefs on the Arts: Movie Will Open In 5 Black Areas."
New York Times, August 4, 1973, p. 19.
Max, Patrick. "Movie Mailbag: 'Vigilantism Is No Solution'."
New York Times, October 14, 1973, p. 142.
Mebane, Mary E. ('Liza'). "At Last – Brother Caring for Brother."
New York Times, September 23, 1973, p. 139.
Thompson, Howard. "'Gordon's War' Views Drug Scene."
New York Times, August 10, 1973, p. 26.