THE GREEN BERETS was not the first film to tell of the Vietnamese fight against communism. CHINA GATE was made ten years earlier, at a time when the French still controlled all of Vietnam. Chinese instigators are portrayed as the enemy, rather than the Vietnamese people themselves. The
story concerns an American soldier of fortune, Barry, who joins up with his estranged wife, Dickinson, a Eurasian political activist, to lead a party of guerrillas on an expedition to destroy a Chinese Communist ammunition dump. The guerrillas are composed of a group of French Foreign
Legionnaires. In addition to singing the title song, Cole renders a good performance as a war-weary ...