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The Green Berets (1968)

G  |   |  Drama, War  |  27 July 1968 (Japan)
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Col. Mike Kirby picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam. First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General.

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Col. Morgan
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Edward Faulkner ...
Capt. MacDaniel
Jason Evers ...
Capt. Coleman
Mike Henry ...
Sgt. Kowalski
Craig Jue ...
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U.S. Special Forces troops ("Green Berets") under the command of Colonel Mike Kirby defend a firebase during the Vietnam war. War correspondent George Beckwith accompanies Kirby and objects to both the war and the means by which it is executed. Kirby's firebase is overrun and his troops fight bravely to retake it. Kirby and a select group of his men are then ordered on a special mission to capture a high-level Viet Cong officer. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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They had to be the toughest fighting force on earth - and the men who led them had to be just a little bit tougher! See more »

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27 July 1968 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Die grünen Teufel  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

At the beginning of filming George Takei told John Wayne he was strongly against the Vietnam War. Wayne replied that so was half of the cast and crew, and that he had hired Takei for his acting ability and not for his political views. See more »

Goofs

After they parachute into the mission to snatch the NVA General, and Sgt. Kowalski fights and kills the three VC before being killed himself, Kowalski gets off a call to Kirby, just before dying with the radio set next to the right side of his head. Less than one minute later Kirby's party catches up and sees Kowalski dead next to three dead VC, but there is no radio set next to the right side of Kowalski's head. See more »

Quotes

Doc McGee: How come you like blowing things up so much?
Sergeant Muldoon: My dad gave me a chemistry set. It got bigger than both of us.
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Ballad of the Green Berets
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Written by Robin Moore and Barry Sadler
Choral arrangement by Ken Darby
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The Duke in 'Nam.
12 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On this day to honor Veterans, I watched "THE GREEN BERETS" for the 100th? time.

In honor of John Wayne, it is my third favorite movie about the Vietnam War.

This movie is neither as bad as credit given to it, or as good as it could have been.

It is really a JW western set in Vietnam and that is fine. It has plenty of shoot 'em up to go around.

I wish the movie had been written to play at about two hours and just tell the story of the Green Beret team and the battle for the base camp.

The total elimination of the Dondi-like waif and the crying sentimentality would have been refreshing, also the the capture of the enemy officer to just show off Vietnam era technology was boring.

I saw this movie at a theater in Colorado Springs, Colorado while I was stationed at Fort Carson in 1968 just before I shipped to Vietnam. I don't recall that it either scared me about Vietnam or enlightened me, as I said, it is an entertaining JW western set in Vietnam.


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