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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Petersen
Sgt. Muldoon
Sgt. Doc McGee
Col. Morgan
Col. Cai
Capt. Nim
Lt. Jamison
Sgt. Provo
Edward Faulkner ...
Capt. MacDaniel
Jason Evers ...
Capt. Coleman
Sgt. Kowalski
Craig Jue ...


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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Drama | War


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Release Date:

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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Did You Know?


It has been claimed that John Wayne turned down Lee Marvin's role in The Dirty Dozen (1967) in order to make this film. However, The Dirty Dozen (1967) was filmed early in 1966, whereas this film was made in the second half of 1967. Other sources say Wayne turned down The Dirty Dozen (1967) because he didn't want to be making a movie in the UK when his wife Pilar was due to give birth in February 1966. See more »


After they parachute into the mission to snatch the NVA General, and Sgt. Kowalski fights and kills the three VC before being killed himself, Kowalski gets off a call to Kirby, just before dying with the radio set next to the right side of his head. Less than one minute later Kirby's party catches up and sees Kowalski dead next to three dead VC, but there is no radio set next to the right side of Kowalski's head. See more »


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A movie that's better than the movie critics say
5 February 1999 | by (Eastern Washington) – See all my reviews

Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide gave this movie a rating of BOMB.That is just so ridiculous. Clearly, too many movie reviewers let their anti-Vietnam war politics color their review of this movie. It has some pretty good action scenes and holds your interest the whole way through the movie, although the movie is a little long.This is not a great movie by any means, but it doesn't deserve the absolute ridicule that the mostly left-wing movie critics have given it. Even if you don't like the politics in the movie, I think you can still enjoy it as an action/war film.

One final thing about the movie. The movie critics enjoy making fun of the final scene where John Wayne and the Vietnamese boy walk on the beach as the sun sets in the east. It is patently unfair to single out this movie scene as bad movie-making. Hollywood takes artistic license with movie scenes all the time. Most ignorant actors don't even know how to give a proper military salute when they play a soldier. Settings and locations in movies often have no resemblance to the places they are trying to portray in real life.

In short, forget the politics and just enjoy this decent war movie on its own merits.

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