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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
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John Wayne's character, Col. Mike Kirby, is based on the real-life Lauri Törni, who later on called himself Larry Thorne. He was a Finnish army captain who fought in the Second World War during the Winter War (1939-40) and Continuation War (1941-44) against the Soviet Union. He emigrated to the US in the late 1940s and in 1954 joined the US Army. In November 1963 he joined Special Forces unit A-734 in Vietnam and fought in the Mekong Delta. He disappeared during a mission in 1965 and was reported MIA (Missing In Action). His remains were found in 1999, and formally identified in 2003. See more »
During the night attack on the base, a medium shot of the attacking "Vietcong" clearly shows that, although dressed in the traditional VC black pajamas and conical straw hats, most, if not all, of them are Caucasians (the film was shot at Fort Benning, Georgia, and many soldiers were hired as extras). See more »
On this day to honor Veterans, I watched "THE GREEN BERETS" for the 100th? time.
In honor of John Wayne, it is my third favorite movie about the Vietnam War.
This movie is neither as bad as credit given to it, or as good as it could have been.
It is really a JW western set in Vietnam and that is fine. It has plenty of shoot 'em up to go around.
I wish the movie had been written to play at about two hours and just tell the story of the Green Beret team and the battle for the base camp.
The total elimination of the Dondi-like waif and the crying sentimentality would have been refreshing, also the the capture of the enemy officer to just show off Vietnam era technology was boring.
I saw this movie at a theater in Colorado Springs, Colorado while I was stationed at Fort Carson in 1968 just before I shipped to Vietnam. I don't recall that it either scared me about Vietnam or enlightened me, as I said, it is an entertaining JW western set in Vietnam.
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