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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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Sgt. Muldoon
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Sgt. Doc McGee
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Col. Morgan
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Col. Cai
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Capt. Nim
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Lt. Jamison
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Lin
Edward Faulkner ...
Capt. MacDaniel
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Capt. Coleman
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Craig Jue ...
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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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A special force in a special kind of hell! See more »

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Drama | War

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27 July 1968 (Japan)  »

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Die grünen Teufel  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film is mocked in the Gustav Hasford novel The Short-Timers in a scene where Joker and Rafter Man find the Lusthog Squad watching it at a movie theater. "The audience of Marines roars with laughter. This is the funniest movie we have seen in a long time." See more »

Goofs

The colonel asks Captain Coleman about villages in the vicinity. Coleman replies, "Seven, there were five and we have two in with us." It plainly should be, "Five, there were seven and we have two in with us." See more »

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Sgt. Petersen: [after being woken up by Sgt Muldoon] 3:30! Is that right, Sarge?
Sergeant Muldoon: That's right, Soldier-boy. That's right!
Sgt. Petersen: We'd better get some sleep! We've got a hell of a lot of work to do tomorrow!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Angels Revenge (1995) See more »

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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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Reminds Me of Wayne's Other Movie - They Were Expendable
30 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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).

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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.

troy


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