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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:
About as viable as most Vietnam war movies See more (147 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)
Rudy Robbins .... 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)
Harry Rez .... best boy grip: 2nd unit (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
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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)

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Trivia:
The defensive battle that takes place during the movie is very loosely based on the Battle of Nam Dong, during which two Viet Cong battalions and the PAVN attacked the Nam Dong CIDG camp located in a valley near the Laotian border of the South Vietnam Central Highlands. The camp was defended by a mixed force of Americans, Australians and South Vietnamese troops on 6 July 1964. For his actions at Nam Dong, Captain Roger C. Donlon was the first American to receive the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War. Australian Warrant Officer Kevin Conway was the first Australian to be killed in action in the Vietnam War during the battle. The A-107 camp scene used in the film was realistically constructed on an isolated, hilly area of Fort Benning, complete with barbed wire trenches, punji sticks, sandbagged bunkers, mortar pits, towers, support buildings and hooches for the combined strike force. The camp set was largely destroyed by the producers using several tons of dynamite and black powder during the filming of the battle sequence.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the night attack on the base, a medium shot of the attacking "Vietcong" clearly shows that, although dressed in the traditional VC black pajamas and conical straw hats, most, if not all, of them are Caucasians (the film was shot at Fort Benning, Georgia, and many soldiers were hired as extras).See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Colonel Mike Kirby:You're what this is all about.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Movie Orgy (1968)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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173 out of 227 people found the following review useful.
About as viable as most Vietnam war movies, 16 January 2006
Author: ubercommando from London

No, seriously. "The Green Berets" is about as viable and creditable as "The Boys in Company C" or "Casualties of War". It's hard to find a Vietnam war movie that DOESN'T come full of distortions based on the film makers political agendas; it's just this time "The Green Berets" comes from the pro-involvement side.

We've heard the negatives about this movie, and most of them are basically correct but there are a few things to say that, if not positive, put the movie in a less negative light.

First, this isn't your usual piece about 19 year old conscripts being called up to fight in a war they don't understand. The real Special Forces are career professionals who have very high standards of training and discipline. "The Green Berets" isn't a movie about your average grunt; it's about commandos and a lot of the training, tactics and equipment is accurate for the time. The experience of the special forces in Vietnam was widely different from line conscripts; and they won a lot of victories.

Second, it was a bold move to make a movie about the Vietnam war whilst it was still going on. The movie was made shortly before the Tet Offensive of 1968 when the initiative was still with the US and South Vietnamese forces. This is a Vietnam war movie from the early part of the war...something "Platoon" falls down on is depicting the unit in a state of disorganisation, with the usual drug taking and indiscipline scenes that have become cliché, in 1967 when the reality was that discipline and cohesion in the field in '67 was a lot tighter. Stone depicts events that would not become common in front line troops until '69-'70. Yes, I know he served a tour of duty over there but a number of his fellow veterans have called his depiction of events into question.

Third, the early part of the movie with the relationships between US Special Forces officers and ARVN counterparts is fairly well done. The SF had been present in Vietnam from '62 onwards and by '67-'68 had built up a good working relationship with ARVN Ranger units (the only South Vietnamese army units that were well trained and led).

Now the pine tree issue. Well, I hate to break it to people but not all of Vietnam is palm trees and jungle. In the area of Cochinchina just north of Saigon and into the hilly Montangnard country, there are a lot of deciduous and evergreen trees. I was surprised to find this when doing research on the US 25th Infantry Division and finding a lot of their patrol area wasn't in jungle but hilly woodland. Pine trees maybe stretching things a little bit though but it's not impossible.

The politics. Yes, the Duke is on the right wing campaign trail but other film makers have used the Vietnam war to promote the liberal left agenda so I don't get why that is acceptable and an alternative view that doesn't conform to that is inherently wrong. The scene at the beginning of the movie has Aldo Ray explaining how China, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union were sending aid to North Vietnam...so Oliver Stone's assertions that the VC were self-liberating and proudly defiant are deeply wrong. The VC and NVA were tools of a communist regime that were being heavily supplied and subsidised by other Communist regimes. I'm not advocating that the US's involvement in a war in Vietnam was right, just that people understand the involvement of other nations as well.

For those who think this movie is bad because it doesn't depict American atrocities, drug taking and insubordination like other Vietnam war movies have merely bought into another set of falsehoods. This goes back to my original point; "The Green Berets" isn't particularly realistic...but then again, neither are most other movies about that war.

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