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Director:
Writer:
Mitch Markowitz (written by)
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Release Date:
15 January 1988 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Time to rock it from the Delta to the DMZ! See more »
Plot:
An unorthodox and irreverent DJ begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
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User Reviews:
Really smart and somewhat humbling film that entertains and amuses. See more (119 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robin Williams ... Adrian Cronauer

Forest Whitaker ... Edward Garlick
Tung Thanh Tran ... Tuan
Chintara Sukapatana ... Trinh

Bruno Kirby ... Lt. Steven Hauk

Robert Wuhl ... Marty Lee Dreiwitz

J.T. Walsh ... Sgt. Major Dickerson

Noble Willingham ... Gen. Taylor

Richard Edson ... Pvt. Abersold

Juney Smith ... Phil McPherson

Richard Portnow ... Dan 'The Man' Levitan
Floyd Vivino ... Eddie Kirk
Cu Ba Nguyen ... Jimmy Wah
Dan Stanton ... Censor #1 (as Dan R. Stanton)
Don Stanton ... Censor #2 (as Don E. Stanton)

Danny Aiello III ... MP #1
James McIntire ... Sergeant #1 at Jimmy Wah's

Peter Mackenzie ... Sergeant #2 at Jimmy Wah's
No Tran ... Vietnamese Student
Hoa Nguyen ... Vietnamese Student
Uikey Kuay ... Vietnamese Student
Suvit Abakaz ... Vietnamese Student
Panas Wiwatpanachat ... Vietnamese Student
Lerdcharn Namkiri ... Vietnamese Student
Hanh Thi Nguyen ... Vietnamese Student
Tuan Lai ... Vietnamese Student
Boonchai Jakraworawut ... Vietnamese Student
Joe B. Veokeki ... Vietnamese Student
Wichien Chaopramong ... Vietnamese Student
Kien Chufak ... Vietnamese Student
Prasert Tangpantarat ... Vietnamese Student
Tim O'Hare ... Convoy Soldier
John Goyer ... Convoy Soldier
Louis Hood ... Convoy Soldier
Christopher Mangan ... Convoy Soldier
Kenneth Pitochelli ... Convoy Soldier
Jonathan MacLeod ... Convoy Soldier (as Jonathan Mac Leod)
Gregg T. Knight ... Convoy Soldier
Ralph Tabakin ... Chaplain Noel
Sangad Sangkao ... Viet Cong Leader in Jungle
Vanlap Sangko ... Viet Cong Leader in Jungle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mark Johnson ... Mr. Sloan (uncredited)

John Marshall Jones ... MP #2 (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive sound) (uncredited)

Directed by
Barry Levinson 
 
Writing credits
Mitch Markowitz (written by)

Produced by
Harry Benn .... co-producer
Larry Brezner .... producer
Mark Johnson .... producer
Ben Moses .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Alex North 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Sova (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stu Linder 
 
Casting by
Louis DiGiaimo 
 
Production Design by
Roy Walker 
 
Art Direction by
Steve Spence 
 
Set Decoration by
Tessa Davies 
 
Costume Design by
Keith Denny 
 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup artist
Mike Lockey .... hair stylist (as Michael Lockey)
 
Production Management
Jayne Armstrong .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
M. Mathis Johnson .... first assistant director
Sompol Sungkawess .... additional assistant director (as Sompol Sungkawes)
Gerry Toomey .... second assistant director
Bill Westley .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Len Furey .... construction manager
Michael G. Ploog .... illustrator
John Roberts .... supervising painter
Terry Wells .... property master
Lek Chaiyan Chunsuttiwat .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Jack Johnson .... illustrator (uncredited)
Art Smith Jr. .... property maker (uncredited)
Chris Tashima .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Pieter Hubbard .... sound editor
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer (as David Hudson)
Bruce Lacy .... sound editor
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Bill Phillips .... supervising sound editor
John Phillips .... assistant sound editor
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Hal Sanders .... sound editor
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (as Edward Steidele)
Clive Winter .... sound mixer
Sefi Carmel .... sound re-recording mixer (Turkish version) (uncredited)
Greg Curda .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Ed Golya .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Fred Cramer .... special effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Clive Curtis .... stunt coordinator
Nick Hobbs .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... aerial photographer
Kenneth Atherfold .... key grip
Dennis Brock .... gaffer
Freddie Cooper .... camera operator
Colin Corby .... camera operator
Philip Jones .... key grip
Douglas Sandhage .... still photographer
Danny Shelmerdine .... first assistant camera
Gary Spratling .... second assistant camera
James Sprattley .... first assistant camera
Roland Neveu .... special still photographer (uncredited)
Ron Veto .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Ron Veto .... dolly grip: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Billy Dowd .... casting assistant (as William Dowd)
Rassami Paoluengtong .... casting: Thailand
Marie Rowe .... casting: Thailand
 
Editorial Department
Raja Gosnell .... additional editor
Neil Kirk .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Henry Brant .... orchestrator
James Flamberg .... music editor
Allan Mason .... music consultant
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ray Jones .... transportation coordinator (as Raymond Jones)
 
Other crew
Larrie Anderson .... production auditor (as Larrie C. Anderson)
Rhody Davis .... assistant: Mr. Johnson
Ceri Evans .... script supervisor (as Ceri Evans Cooper)
Lawan Jew .... location manager
Kristine Johnson .... project development executive
Sae Tang 'Keng' Kanokporn .... production coordinator (as Kanokporn Sae Tang)
Chitra Klunprayoon .... assistant: Mr. Levinson
Linda Kwaska .... assistant: Mr. Brezner (as Linda Kwasha)
Susan Moore .... assistant: Mr. Johnson
Santa Pestonji .... production executive
Marsha Robertson .... unit publicist
Joyce Turner .... production coordinator
Gil Whelan .... location manager (as Gilbert Whelan)
Marsha Garces Williams .... assistant: Mr. Williams (as Marcia Garces)
Matt Casella .... talent scout (uncredited)
Lisa S. Girolami .... associate production executive (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
121 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This movie was filmed in Thailand, not Vietnam. On the back cover of early copies of the film, street signs can be seen in Thai.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Though the film is supposed to be set in Vietnam, in an opening shot of a main road, the Thai Parliament Houses are clearly visible on the horizon.See more »
Quotes:
Edward Garlick:Even encapsulated in two seconds, my life is dull. I find that very alarming.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Puff The Magic DragonSee more »

FAQ

Why didn't Cronauer's superiors want him playing rock n' roll?
Was Adrian Cronauer a real person?
See more »
11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Really smart and somewhat humbling film that entertains and amuses., 23 September 2008
Author: johnnyboyz from Hampshire, England

Made at a time when films on the Vietnam war were being produced by America at a healthy rate, Good Morning, Vietnam comes across as the sort that falls into both 'types' that were being produced at the time. Platoon got under the skin of Vietnam, telling the events from an individual's perspective through voiceovers without relying on a lot of causality, rather the everyday tasks and events that occur. Full Metal Jacket was an interesting beast in the sense most of its more intense scenes didn't actually happen in Vietnam but rather at home on the training ground. But both were in a sensible tradition and took attention away from the Reaganism inspired 'action' films that were Rambo: First Blood Part II and the like.

Good Morning, Vietnam falls into both these sorts of Vietnam war films. On one hand it is a serious film about the war and deals with serious issues such as morale and how dangerous conflict with the enemy actually is without doing what Rambo did by turning the war genre into a sub-division of the action genre. At one point in the film, DJ and lead character of the film Adrian Cronauer (Williams) finds himself in a hostile area out in the jungle and you do feel the shift in atmosphere the film briefly moves into in the sense this guy is not a soldier but he is in a dangerous position and he isn't equipped with how to get through it. There is another scene in which a street side bomb goes off and Adrian is caught up in the middle of it, further reminding us of the war zone and cleverly shifting the aura.

But the film does fall into the genre of comedy and while it does so, it never distracts us from the fact this is taking place during a war unlike First Blood: Part II which could really have been an action film set amongst any backdrop. Good Morning, Vietnam does not ignore its comedy roots either and gives us genuinely entertaining disc jockey rants from Williams who shines with his animation and ad-libbing, further reminding us of a later film of his, Aladdin, and how he really was the star of that piece.

The best parts of Good Morning, Vietnam actually raise issues to do with oppositional reading. As a character, Adrian is one of those charismatic individuals who is perhaps more focused on entertaining his audience first but when repercussions to do with that want to entertain arise, it is an oppositional reading to something that seems innocent enough. There are a couple of scenes and incidences that deal with this theme of oppositional reading. One that springs to mind takes place in a bar in which Adrian has brought a Vietnamese friend whom he teaches in an English class. The trouble is, it's a G.I. bar and certain soldiers have an issue with the Vietnamese person being there. It is Adrian's carefree and relaxed attitude to letting the individual come with him to the bar that has upset certain others around him, resulting in an oppositional opinion on whether the Vietnamese person should be allowed there. One says he can, others say he can't and conflict erupts.

This battle is constantly going on within the boundaries of the radio studio and exists between Adrian and the censors who blank out all the bad news such as deaths and bombings, failing to deliver the real news, and instead keep morale from going below a certain point. Adrian's style of giving the people what they should hear in a charismatic style also rubs off spawning a sub-story revolving around a small school that teaches Vietnamese people the English language. Before hand, they were learning very basic words and phrases but after Adrian takes over, New York City slang or 'jargon' is the name of the game and while you wouldn't find English as a foreign language classes doing this sort of thing, Adrian brings his charismatic style to a class, turning it from formal to informal.

The theme here is that he's giving them exactly what he feels they need to know, not what the curriculum demand they know. It is the same with the radio station and the news censorship; giving people what they have a right to know vs. what a higher power say they should know. The principal foil for Adrian is Lt. Steven Hauk (Kirby) who is against Adrian's style of parody and constant joking but when he is put on air, the best he can do is adopt the voice and role of a Frenchman as he mocks and plods his way through airtime. It is a battle that the oppositional readers loose since morale falls drastically after Adrian is taken off and he is forced to be reinstated because of this.

Good Morning, Vietnam carries a pumping soundtrack which is what you'd expect for a film about a DJ and an emphasis on radio and its constant referencing to popular culture, gliding from The Wizard of Oz to Eleanor Roosevelt makes Williams' scenes consistently fun to watch. But other than this, it gives some political stances without ever feeling forced with the 'Wonderful World' montage over wartime action and juxtaposes James Brown's music over other scenes of wartime action. The film is a success in comedy and drama, a rarity of sorts given Dr. Strangelove supposedly set the standards.

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