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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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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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Green when they began...like the color of their berets...but when the going got rough...they became the toughest fighting force on earth! 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

When George Beckwith first arrives at the camp, he is shown the defensive measures, which included the use of punji sticks. When he asks if that is something the Viet Cong uses, he is told "Yes, but we don't dip them in the same stuff he does." Punji sticks were sometimes dipped into feces to create an infection should someone step on one. Sensitivities at the time probably kept them from mentioning that explicitly, so they only hinted at the practice. See more »

Goofs

The movie supposedly takes place in Vietnam. Besides the southern yellow pines that make up 95% of the forests, there is an obvious lack of palm trees and other tropical plants. In addition, in the beginning of the movie they walk past a water tower with a red and white checkered paint scheme. This is how water towers are painted on U.S. military bases in the United States. Forward operation posts do not build water towers like this. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Colonel Mike Kirby: You're what this is all about.
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Connections

Referenced in Letter to Jane: An Investigation About a Still (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballad of the Green Berets
(uncredited)
Written by Robin Moore and Barry Sadler
Choral arrangement by Ken Darby
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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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