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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Petersen
Sgt. Muldoon
Raymond St. Jacques ...
Sgt. Doc McGee
Col. Morgan
Col. Cai
Capt. Nim
Lt. Jamison
Sgt. Provo
Edward Faulkner ...
Capt. MacDaniel
Jason Evers ...
Capt. Coleman
Mike Henry ...
Sgt. Kowalski
Craig Jue ...


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 <>

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27 July 1968 (Japan)  »

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Die grĂ¼nen Teufel  »

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The three leads - John Wayne, David Janssen and Jim Hutton - all died within slightly over eight months of one another: Hutton on June 2, 1979, Wayne on June 11, 1979, and Janssen on February 13, 1980. Actually, other than Aldo Ray and Raymond St. Jacques, five of the first seven credited actors/roles died on or before Janssen's death in 1980. Bruce Cabot died May 3, 1972, and Jack Soo died January 11, 1979. And of those five, only Wayne reached the age of 70. See more »


When Kirby's helicopter crashes in a ball of fire the rigging cables used to suspend it are visible. See more »


George Beckworth: There is such a thing as due process.
Colonel Mike Kirby: Out here, due process is a bullet.
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" A refreshing Change!"
30 January 2007 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

When I first saw the Green Berets back in the late 1970's early 80's it was widely criticized by contemporary film buffs as being jingoistic and 'gun ho'. Obviously, with John Wayne being the leading role, it only served to reinforce this view. Sure it is patriotic but no more than many of the WWII and Korean War films that were made in the 1950's and 1960's. So when recently I had a chance to see the movie, (the first time in over 15 years) what I noticed was that it was actually a refreshing change to the, anti- American, soul searching, self-loathing anti Vietnam war movies made from the late 1970's onwards.

If the Green Berets was guilty of overdoing the nobility, and righteousness of the Vietnam War, the later movies only served to give comfort to the anti-war, self-indulgent Vietnam movement years later. Apocalypse now, the Deer hunter, Platoon, etc., (you know the ones) are just a few of the movies that ignored the barbarism of both the Viet Cong and Khamer rouge in indo-china, conveniently overlook the global political realities of the time as well as unfairly mock the military.

Years later, the Green Berets actually offer a different viewpoint. If one is to keep it into perspective it comes across quite well as it highlights how the US was welcomed in many parts of Vietnam and how indifferent the North Vietnamese were to their own people. The millions of people murdered in the communist controlled parts of Indo-china during and after the American withdrawal are well documented. Check the movie out

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