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The Green Berets -- John Wayne stars in this war drama about a cynical war correspondent whose paper doesn't believe the U.S. should be involved in Vietnam.
The Green Berets -- John Wayne stars in this classic war film

Overview

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Writers:
James Lee Barrett (screenplay)
Robin Moore (novel)
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Release Date:
27 July 1968 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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 summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Garbage - and my right to say so See more (144 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Stunts
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)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (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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Runtime:
142 min
Country:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
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?

Trivia:
John Wayne traveled to Vietnam in June 1966 and got the idea to make a film about the army special forces on that trip.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The original poster states that "At the start of the movie, the orientation team is a part of the 3rd Special Forces Group. Muldoon and McGee are wearing 3rd Group flashes on their berets." This is incorrect. The solid red flashes on the berets of the orientation team, Muldoon and McGee at the beginning of the film are the flashes of the 7th Special Forces Group, not the 3rd SFG.See more »
Quotes:
Hugh Parkinson:Perhaps you could answer a question all of us here are asking?
Sergeant Muldoon:We'll try.
Hugh Parkinson:Why is the United States waging this ruthless war in Vietnam?
Sergeant Muldoon:Foreign policy decisions are not made by the military. A soldier goes where he is told to go, and fight whom is told to fight.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wag the Dog (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
The River SeineSee more »

FAQ

Is it possible to stand in Da Nang and watch the sunset like at the end of the movie?
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61 out of 100 people found the following review useful.
Garbage - and my right to say so, 2 November 2006
Author: jw52 from United States

I was in 'Nam. When this came out, I tried to pick up my theater seat and throw it at the screen - I liked John Wayne - but then he went ahead and trashed everything I and my brothers went through - I am sick of the stinking young pups who recite lies they hear from draft-dodgers like Limbaugh and Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush, & co., thinking they are doing me and my brothers honor. Denying reality is no honor. Refusing to face facts is not courage. Distorting history don't help any of us in any way.

The war was all heat and sweat and dirt and bugs - we were all down sick with something mostly. I never got to see the enemy up close alive, they were just blurs through the bush. Sometimes I didn't even look at them, I just pulled the trigger and hoped I kept breathing.

The locals hated us - even those who wanted us to stay and fight for them, so they wouldn't have to do it themselves. They kept trying to sell us cheap dope, cheap girls, and rancid meat, telling us it was "local cooking." It was clear that, behind their fear of us, their was a real contempt. The first three months, I thought I was fighting for my country; then all I was fighting for was to get home.

The 'commanding' officers, when we saw them, were all dressed fresh, washed and shaved. And well fed. I watched my best friend die with shrapnel tearing his guts into stringy beef for these b*st*rds- and now I'm supposed to praise some stupid Hollywood propaganda from WWII with the names all changed - and this does us honor?! This is supposed to be the "American" thing to do?! I thought forced culture was a Soviet idea - when did we suddenly go Bolshevik?

This was a good country until it started lying to itself. I did fight for America. I fought for the freedom guaranteed in the Constitution - the right to disagree. And those who don't like it can get bent.

I won't be lied to again. I was there. I know this war. And this piece of crap of a 'movie' ain't it.

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