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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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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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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 »


Drama | War


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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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2.35 : 1
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Much of the film was shot in 1967 at Ft. Benning, Georgia, hence the large pine forests in the background rather than tropical jungle trees. See more »


When Peterson was "promoted" to sergeant, he actually would have little to be happy about, as he was already a SP5 (Specialist 5), basically the same rank as sergeant. "Specialists" were supposed to be the technical, non-combat trained soldiers, but usually they were just as combat-ready as any soldier. Compared to a specialist, a sergeant was considered a leader. See more »


Colonel Mike Kirby: What are you going to say in that newspaper of yours about us in Vietnam?
George Beckworth: If I say what I feel, I may be out of a job.
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Referenced in Caddyshack (1980) See more »


Ballad of the Green Berets
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Pro-Vietnam War
15 February 2000 | by (Aubrey, Texas) – See all my reviews

Probably the only major motion picture to actively support the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam conflict, John Wayne leads an elite team of Green Berets on a search-and-destroy mission to capture a leading NVA general. Well acted action film worthy of a look even if its sentiments might be a bit dated by today's standards.

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