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The Green Berets (1968)

G | | Drama, War | 27 July 1968 (Japan)
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. Cai
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Lin
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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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Drama | War

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Many soldiers serving in Vietnam found the film offensive. See more »

Goofs

When Petersen is killed by the booby trap at the end of the movie, Kirby picks up his pack, but leaves the body without collecting one of Petersen's two dog tags. When combat conditions do not allow for a soldier's body to be immediately recovered, one of the soldier's two dog tags is always collected, and one remains with the body for identification. Any commanding officer would have collected the tag in that situation. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Mike Kirby: What is there not to like? Who is she?
Col. Morgan: Her name is Lin. Her father was chief of the Han Phou provence.
Col. Cai: Until he refused to cooperate with the Viet Cong.
Colonel Mike Kirby: So, they killed him.
Col. Cai: They murdered him and her little brother in the most hideous way.
Colonel Mike Kirby: That's their style.
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The River Seine
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Music by Guy Lafarge
Lyrics by Nicola Wilke
Sung by Liselotte Malkowsky
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A movie that's better than the movie critics say
5 February 1999 | by (Eastern Washington) – See all my reviews

Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide gave this movie a rating of BOMB.That is just so ridiculous. Clearly, too many movie reviewers let their anti-Vietnam war politics color their review of this movie. It has some pretty good action scenes and holds your interest the whole way through the movie, although the movie is a little long.This is not a great movie by any means, but it doesn't deserve the absolute ridicule that the mostly left-wing movie critics have given it. Even if you don't like the politics in the movie, I think you can still enjoy it as an action/war film.

One final thing about the movie. The movie critics enjoy making fun of the final scene where John Wayne and the Vietnamese boy walk on the beach as the sun sets in the east. It is patently unfair to single out this movie scene as bad movie-making. Hollywood takes artistic license with movie scenes all the time. Most ignorant actors don't even know how to give a proper military salute when they play a soldier. Settings and locations in movies often have no resemblance to the places they are trying to portray in real life.

In short, forget the politics and just enjoy this decent war movie on its own merits.


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