A new Disc Jockey is shipped from Crete to Vietnam to bring humor to Armed Forces Radio. He turns the studio on its ear and becomes wildly popular with the troops but runs afoul of the middle management who think he isn't G.I. enough. While he is off the air, he tries to meet Vietnamese especially girls, and begins to have brushes with the real war that never appears on the radio. Written by
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The script went through several revisions after it was originally drafted by Adrian Cronauer in 1979. Cronauer first pitched it as a TV series, then a Movie-of-the-Week. It was the latter treatment that landed in the lap of Robin Williams, who realized the DJ role would be the perfect outlet for his brand of comedy. The original treatment by Cronauer was completely re-tooled for Williams. See more »
Armed Forces Radio provided music discs to its affiliates, including AFVN, on its own label 12" LP records. No commercial discs are permitted in AFRS facilities, and no 45 rpm records were ever played on an Armed Forces radio station. See more »
[Adrian sees the story about the bombing that he witnessed and he starts taking it to the control room, going past the two censors]
What do you think you're doing? You know you're forbidden to read anything not checked by this office.
What was there to check? I was there.
You know the rules, airman. If this is a legitimate news story, it must go through proper channels.
Look, tweedledee, it's an actual event.
[referring to the blood on his shirt]
What do you think this came from? Shaving? It's ...
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"Good Morning, Vietnam" is truly Robin Williams at his best. As anarchic DJ Adrian Cronauer in 1965 Saigon, he makes sure that you never stop laughing. I really liked what he did with the tape of Richard Nixon's speech, and then his comment about the bombing of a restaurant. Most amazing is that he ad-libbed the whole thing (but hey, that's Robin Williams). Maybe Cronauer wasn't that wacky in real life, but every one of Williams' comments makes the movie worthwhile. The soundtrack even includes his monologues (you'll go crazy over the imitation of Lyndon Johnson, and the commentary from "Roosevelt E. Roosevelt"). A comedy classic in every sense.
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