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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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
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All of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese solders are armed with single-shot rifles and almost no automatic weapons. This was plausible during the early years of the Vietnam war. as many Viet Cong were armed with weapons of World War II British or American origin sold to them by the Chinese. The common AK-47 assault rifle used by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese began appearing in the mid-'60s, but there were very few in Hollywood warehouses to be used as props during that time. See more »
The M-16 that Col. Kirby smashes against a tree is a toy gun made by Mattel in the 1960s. You can see tell by the speaker holes in the magazine (which is also much larger than a real M-16 magazine). See more »
Reminds Me of Wayne's Other Movie - They Were Expendable
Although "They Were Expendable" is a better film overall, "Green Berets" is also quite good, and both movies have a lot in common.
They show the enemy as the enemy - vicious killers.
And they show Americans as being flawed, but good & brave.
They were both made *during* the war.
Which means the outcome was unknown - would we win or lose? - And
finally, they show that the Americans are there to HELP - The Americans were helping the Filipinos in WW2's They Were Expendable, and the South Vietnamese in Green Berets. They both treat their Asian allies as equals (no racism here).
Given all that, with movies that are nearly identical to one another in plot & purpose (rally the homefront to support the war), it seems odd the Green Berets is so hated, while They Were Expendable is so loved.
Having just watched both movies back-to-back on TCM and AMC, via Memorial Day marathons, I don't see why one is loved & the other hated. I thought John Wayne did an excellent job in both movies, and that both movies should be considered classics.
Bottom Line: If you have a chance to see either of these two movies, don't hesitate to sit down & enjoy them. They're definitely worth your time.
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