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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Release Date:

27 July 1968 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Die grĂ¼nen Teufel  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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John Wayne was determined to have "The Ballad of the Green Berets" over the opening credits, even though others involved in the production of the film felt it was too corny and old-fashioned. See more »


At the start of the movie, the orientation team is a part of the 3rd Special Forces Group. Muldoon and McGee are wearing 3rd Group flashes on their berets. The next time we see them, they are with Col. Kirby watching Peterson. They are then wearing 5th Group flashes. See more »


[last lines]
Colonel Mike Kirby: You're what this is all about.
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Referenced in Canadian Bacon (1995) See more »


Ballad of the Green Berets
Written by Robin Moore and Barry Sadler
Choral arrangement by Ken Darby
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Pine trees in Viet Nam
1 November 2004 | by (Viet Nam) – See all my reviews

For the person who comments on there not being any pine trees in Viet Nam. (as shown in the'Green Berets') Have you ever been to Viet Nam? Sorry to inform you, but there ARE pine trees in Viet Nam. Try visiting Lam Dong Province and I am sure you will realize your comments are wrong. I am an American living and working here, and personally can attest to this. You must take time to study the geography and flora of this country and it will surprise you. In fact, there is desert here, just like you might see in Arizona. It lies between Phan Tiet and Nha Trang along the coast. Furthermore, if one converses with some of the former Vietnamese soldiers who fought along-side the US here, you will hear many stories of how they appreciated the US effort during the war. Many tell me a different story that the US did belong here. Before commenting-come and see for yourself.


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