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27 July 1968 (Japan) See more »
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 »
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. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Col. Mike Kirby

David Janssen ... George Beckworth

Jim Hutton ... Sgt. Petersen

Aldo Ray ... Sgt. Muldoon
Raymond St. Jacques ... Sgt. Doc McGee

Bruce Cabot ... Col. Morgan

Jack Soo ... Col. Cai

George Takei ... Capt. Nim

Patrick Wayne ... Lt. Jamison

Luke Askew ... Sgt. Provo

Irene Tsu ... Lin
Edward Faulkner ... Capt. MacDaniel
Jason Evers ... Capt. Coleman
Mike Henry ... Sgt. Kowalski
Craig Jue ... Hamchunk
Chuck Roberson ... Sgt. Griffin
Eddy Donno ... Sgt. Watson
Rudy Robbins ... Sgt. Parks
Richard 'Cactus' Pryor ... Collier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vera Miles ... Mrs. Lee Kirby (scenes deleted)
Leon Alton ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Yodying Apibal ... South Vietnamese Soldier (uncredited)
Charles Bail ... Sgt. Lark (uncredited)
Jess Barker ... Soldier (uncredited)
Jim Burk ... Soldier (uncredited)
Vincente Cadiente ... Viet Cong Soldier (uncredited)
Peter Chin ... Viet Cong Soldier (uncredited)
Walker Edmiston ... Lt. Moore (uncredited)
Don Gazzaniga ... Soldier (uncredited)
Paul Genge ... Gen. Thomas (uncredited)
Norman Goodwins ... Soldier (uncredited)

Tom Hennesy ... Soldier (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Frank Koomen ... Lt. Sachs (uncredited)
Pat Li ... Vietnamese Woman (uncredited)
David Lowe ... Kenny (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... Hugh Parkinson (uncredited)
Fred Murphy ... Soldier (uncredited)
William Olds ... Gen. Phan Son Ti (uncredited)

Ernie F. Orsatti ... Sgt. Don Ross (uncredited)
Ron Ross ... Soldier (uncredited)
Phillip Roye ... Soldier (uncredited)
Al Scott ... Bo'sun (uncredited)
James Seay ... Soldier (uncredited)
Bill Shannon ... Sgt. White (uncredited)
Irwin Simon ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Hayward Soo Hoo ... Soldier (uncredited)
Walter Soo Hoo ... Viet Cong Soldier (uncredited)
Laird Stuart ... Lt. Olsen (uncredited)
Victor Toyota ... Agent (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Soldier (uncredited)
Dick Warlock ... Soldier (uncredited)
Bach Yen ... Singer (uncredited)

Directed by
Ray Kellogg 
John Wayne 
Mervyn LeRoy (uncredited)
Writing credits
James Lee Barrett (screenplay)

Robin Moore (novel "The Green Berets")

Produced by
Michael Wayne .... producer
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
Cinematography by
Winton C. Hoch (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Otho Lovering 
Production Design by
Walter M. Simonds 
Set Decoration by
Ray Moyer (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Jerry Alpert 
Makeup Department
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lee Lukather .... unit production manager (as Lee W. Lukather)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe L. Cramer .... assistant director
Cliff Lyons .... second unit director
Art Department
Red Turner .... property (as 'Red' Turner)
Hendrik Wynands .... construction coordinator (as 'Hank' Wynands)
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
Special Effects by
Sass Bedig .... special effects
Phil Adams .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Bail .... stunts (uncredited)
Stan Barrett .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Bass .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Bullock .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Vincente Cadiente .... stunts (uncredited)
Hank Calia .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Couch .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Couch .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddy Donno .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Finnegan .... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Yoneo Iguchi .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Lewis .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy K. Ogata .... stunts (uncredited)
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Ed Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronald C. Ross .... stunts (uncredited)
George Sawaya .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Shannon .... stunts (uncredited)
Hayward Soo Hoo .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Warner .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Barton B. MacLeod .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ted Saizis .... director of photography: battle sequences (uncredited)
Vincent Saizis .... director of photography: battle sequences (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Manuel Compinsky .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Carmine Coppola .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Ingolf Dahl .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milt Holland .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Allan Roberts .... lyrics (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... conductor (uncredited)
David Strech .... music copyist (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Raymond Turner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
George Coleman .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
William C. Burns .... project officer: Dept. of Defense (as Lt. Col. William C. Byrns U.S.A.)
Jerold R. Dodds .... special forces advisor (as Major Jerold R. Dodds U.S.A.)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles designer
August Schomburg Jr. .... project officer: Fort Benning (as Captain August Schomburg Jr. U.S.A.)
Crayton Smith .... script supervisor
Mervyn LeRoy .... studio advisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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142 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (1992) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1984) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1968) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 (uncut) (1998) | Sweden:15 (cut) (1968) | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2010) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1998) | USA:G (certificate #21657) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

In the book "Green Berets" by Robin Moore, the Captain Sven Kornie character in Chapter 1 is based on Maj. Larry Thorne (originally Lauri Törni, a Finnish soldier who moved to USA after WWII).See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When John Wayne's Helicopter was hit and crashes straps attached to the main rotor that they dropped it from are visible.See more »
Sergeant Muldoon:Are you sure that's what he wanted?
Colonel Mike Kirby:Affimative!
Sergeant Muldoon:Maybe he liked so many guys thinking about him.
Colonel Mike Kirby:Besides that... It SINGS!
Sergeant Muldoon:[to himself] It sings? That's what he said. Provo's Privy, It DOES sing!
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Is it possible to stand in Da Nang and watch the sunset like at the end of the movie?
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28 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Were you out there?, 21 May 2005
Author: zaarnak from Las Vegas, Nevada

I watch "The Green Berets" more than once every year just to stir up both memories and the stewing pot of controversy. In that pot are several ingredients of the movie and of the politics of the time. One of those ingredients is location.

Vietnam is an amalgamation of three separate topographies (formerly separate countries). Most jungle in the vast delta of the mighty Mekong river has been cleared away for centuries to accommodate rice fields. Much of the central highlands area (where this movie is set) is forested (with pines and lots of scrub growth)growing in generally poor soil (red dust)... not too much different than what you will find in parts of North Carolina and Georgia. Were you out there? If not, your ideas about the location are merely speculative.

When "The Green Berets" was filmed, the war was still going on. So, some realism would have to be sacrificed for the safety of cast and crew, I think. Thus, the sunset 'problem' (Shouting at the detail).

Another ingredient is the nature of the personnel. That is, bona fide Special Forces soldiers were (and are) completely different than any other force with exceptions for certain Marine Corps units which faced the same situations as did the real Green Berets (e.g., at Khe Sanh). NO ONE who was military other than Special Forces has any idea at all of what they did or said.

Encirclement of outposts manned by Special Forces or Marine units was always undertaken by regular PAVN (People's Army of Vietnam) units. The VC were not usually involved. General Giap used the same methods at Dien Bien Phu...encircle and assault by superior numbers (no matter how many died...the PAVN had little care for their soldiers' lives).

That we were 'right' about the people (some of them, anyway) was demonstrated after the war ended when the VietNamese government exterminated many thousands (some say over 100,000) Montagnards. Montagnards were usually allied with Special Forces units, as the movie clearly shows.

The American military did not 'lose' the conflict at all - it was given away by politicians. Simply check the casualty numbers. The ignominy lay in the submission by 'President Cronkite' on national TV.

There are other elements in the pot, but those don't matter much.

I watch "The Green Berets" in 2 parts. The first part is totally realistic, as far as the crude effects would permit. I overlook the technical failures. The second part is really not credible at all, but it is kind of fun, in a way. Such a snatch mission would take weeks to arrange and that requirement is not addressed in the movie. It just happens, as if it were undertaken in the next few days.

While I have versions of "Apocalypse Now" and its "Redux," I do not have other Vietnam war movies such as "Platoon" (an aberration), "The Deer Hunter" (preposterous), "Hamburger Hill" (stumbling) or "Full Metal Jacket" (another aberration), although I have subjected myself to having watched them all at one time or another.

I watch "The Green Berets" for another chance to get mad at Maltin and other speculators who were not out there and do not understand at all. I watch it with Closed Captions (I started using CC about 6 years ago and I find it enriches my movie watching experience) but "The Green Berets" is rather poorly captioned. I complained to the captioning company and suggested they use an experienced person to at least CHECK the 'technical' terminology. For example, fougasse is called "boo gas," the commo bunker is called the "com-o bunker," Colonel Kirby's Mike Force is called a "Might Force" and there are all kinds of captions for "Fong" which is NOT a VietNamese name (Pham or Phon, maybe), among other boo-boos.

With some reservations, I recommend "The Green Berets" for the first part of it and the general tone of its Point Of View which represents the prevailing notion in both the government and the military at that time.

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