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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

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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:
Hugely Misunderstood Film See more (145 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 was determined to have "The Ballad of the Green Berets" over the opening credits, even though others involved in the production of the film felt it was too corny and old-fashioned.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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. The next time we see them, they are with Col. Kirby watching Peterson. They are then wearing 5th Group flashes.See more »
Quotes:
Doc McGee:How come you like blowing things up so much?
Sergeant Muldoon:My dad gave me a chemistry set. It got bigger than both of us.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Projectionist (1971)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ballad of the Green BeretsSee 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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79 out of 128 people found the following review useful.
Hugely Misunderstood Film, 2 May 1999
Author: Bruce L. Jones (bjones@accex.net) from Southern California

It is probably impossible to assess the content of this film in other than the context in which it was developed and presented. My own first viewing was in 1968 a matter of mere weeks before having to report for duty in the US Armed Forces. At that time I did not know whether or not I would have to go to Viet Nam as many of my friends already had. Some had already been killed or wounded in action. In this context, the film is one I will never forget.

John Wayne made this as a political film in an attempt to counter the rising tide of what he and others like him saw as treasonous protests against the government and the military over the conflict in Viet Nam. This horrid almost-war was tearing many families apart in controversy. Wayne wanted to make a patriotic statement of support for the Armed Forces who had been so good to him. He was denied several attempts at enlistment in WWII and was classified 4F. He made films to support the allied war effort then and hoped to show support again even though this was never a real war. Instead he was widely ridiculed by a rabid leftist press.

Yes, the film was definitely not accurate in the way we have come to demand of today's films. Such accuracy may have been impossible in the political climate of the day. There was deep seated anger in the upper military echelon for not being allowed to wage an actual war. Every engagement between forces was won by the Americans, but they were forbidden from the beginning to the end from pressing an attack. The result was perhaps history's worst military "Catch 22"; fight and then wait for the enemy to regroup, rearm and reattack. I still know military people who hate the entire media for the brow-beating they gave the military and Congress, who - in turn - forbade the military from pressing more aggressive action.

Wayne was also attempting to counter people in the entertainment industry whom he and others considered traitors (then and still) such as Jane Fonda, who visited and spoke in support of North Viet Nam.

It was this climate Wayne stepped into. His effort was genuine but it resulted in a cameo of the war rather than something palpable. Something that good has yet to be made. Much of what went on, real high drama and touching personal stories, has been almost entirely ignored by Hollywood. Thus, this also remains one of the few films of the hugely controversial era.

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