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Robin Williams ad-libbed all of Adrian Cronauer's broadcasts.
The film was mostly shot in Bangkok, Thailand, and at the time, several hundred male students from the International (American) School of Bangkok (ISB) were recruited as extras to perform in the multitude of shots showing American GI's throughout the film. As a courtesy, Robin Williams actually came to ISB and put on a stand up routine for all students in the 10th grade and above.
Robin Williams's portrayal of Adrian Cronauer has led to confusion as to the beliefs of the real Cronauer. Cronauer has said that the film is about 45 percent accurate, according to a biography on Robin Williams. Cronauer has said that the film misrepresented him to make him seem anti-war, when he was, in his own words, "anti-stupidity". In fact, today Cronauer - who is now a lawyer - remains an active Republican and was a vice-chairman of the 2004 Bush-Cheney re-election campaign. Furthermore, Cronauer has also said that if he'd done half the things Williams did in the film, he would've been court-martialed and sent to Fort Leavenworth.
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.
This movie was filmed in Thailand. On the back cover of early copies of the film, street signs can be seen in Thai.
The soldiers in the transport trucks that Adrian Cronauer entertains are from the U.S. Army's famed 1st Infantry Division. You can tell by their distinctive "Big Red One" shoulder patches.
As Adrian chases Tuan through the alley, the background music is actually a cut from Alex North's unused score for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
Twice in the film Adrian is seen pulling out the Beatles "Help!" album from the stations collection, but no Beatles songs are ever heard on the soundtrack.
Tung Thanh Tran's only film.
The fourth-highest grossing film of 1987; making 123.9 million dollars in the U.S. alone.
In order to give the trailers a more military feel, scenes of Cronauer on the air in military fatigues were shot specifically for the trailers.
No Beatles songs were played because at that time the copyrights to their songs had not been released for use in movies or any other media outlet. This was also the case with the film Pirate Radio. The DJs worshipped the Beatles and talked about them often but they could NOT play their songs.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
When Williams says the common Vietnamese surname "Nguyen" on the air, he pronounces it as "Win", which is how the name is pronounced in the U.S., as opposed to Vietnam.
Forest Whitaker and Richard Edson previously appeared in Platoon (1986), another film about the Vietnam War.
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Jeff Kanew turned down the opportunity to direct this film.
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker and Mark Johnson.
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J.T. Walsh, Richard Portnow, Ralph Tabakin and Bruno Kirby were reunited in Tin Men (1987), also directed by Barry Levinson.
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Bruno Kirby said he enjoyed working on this film more than any others in his career. He also said he could never tell a fan this, as they all wanted to hear that he was proudest of The Godfather: Part II (1974).
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Barry Levinson: [Ralph Tabakin] (Chaplain Noel) Ralph has appeared in every Levinson picture from Diner (1982) to Liberty Heights (1999).

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