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Green Dragon -- In 1975, refugee camps were set up in the US. Tai arrives at Camp Pendleton, where he is confronted with despair. Jim Lance (Patrick Swayze) is the Marine in charge of the camps. Prepare to embark on a journey as an unlikely bond of friendship is formed.
Green Dragon -- The story of some Vietnamese refugees as they first arrive at Camp Pendleton in the United States as the Vietnam war ends in 1975.


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23 April 2004 (South Korea) See more »
A story from a war that had been forgotten
The story of some Vietnamese refugees as they first arrive at Camp Pendleton in the United States as the Vietnam war ends in 1975. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Patrick Swayze ... Gunnery Sergeant Jim Lance

Forest Whitaker ... Addie

Duong Don ... Tai Tran

Hiep Thi Le ... Thuy Hoa
Billinjer C. Tran ... Duc (as Billinjer Tran)
Kathleen Luong ... Second Wife
Phuoc Quan Nguyen ... Loi

Long Nguyen ... Quang Hai
Catherine Ai ... Hien
Phu Cuong ... Old Man

Kieu Chinh ... Kieu
Trung Nguyen ... Minh
Jennifer Tran ... Anh
Linda Tran ... Thuy Hoa's Sister
Tuan Tran ... Tuan
Le Van Tuoi ... Uncle Tien
Joe Ho ... Binh

Elyse Dinh ... Red Cross Volunteer
Michael Minh ... Vietnamese Soldier
Victor Thang Do ... Viet Worker
April Tran ... Barber
Monique Letran ... Q. Hai's Wife
John Gripentrog ... American Server

Phong Atwood Vo ... Man on Crutches (as Phong Vo)
Vu Manh Don ... Viet Man with Jacket
Hieu Nguyen ... Man in Quanset Hut
Hien Nguyen ... Man's Wife
Tom Nguyen ... Vietnamese Volunteer

James D. Dever ... Marine

Michael Salamon ... Lance Corporal
Tran Cong Nghi ... Priest
Erv Immeman ... Radio Announcer (voice) (as Erv Immerman)
Loan Nguyen ... Vietnamese Camp Announcer (voice)
Leo Trombetta ... American Camp Announcer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gerald Ford ... Himself (1975 speech) (voice) (uncredited)

Dan Navarro ... Walla group (uncredited)

Directed by
Timothy Linh Bui 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Timothy Linh Bui  screenplay
Timothy Linh Bui  story
Tony Bui  story

Produced by
Tony Bui .... producer
Tajamika Paxton .... producer
Elie Samaha .... producer
Alison Semenza .... executive producer
William B. Steakley .... line producer
Andrew Stevens .... producer
Quynh Trinh .... co-producer
Forest Whitaker .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jeff Danna 
Mychael Danna 
Cinematography by
Kramer Morgenthau 
Film Editing by
Leo Trombetta 
Casting by
Rene Haynes 
Production Design by
Jerry Fleming 
Set Decoration by
Betty Berberian 
Monique Le Tran 
Costume Design by
Ghia Fam 
Makeup Department
Edward Morrison .... hair stylist: Mr. Whitaker
Nia Nguyen .... key hair stylist
Thu Nguyen .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Maureen Norton .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Bui .... second unit director
Daniel Carrey .... first assistant director
Samantha Deane .... second second assistant director
James Velasquez .... second assistant director
Art Department
Mark Anderson .... property master
Lance DeSpain .... lead scenic artist
Monique Le Tran .... on-set dresser
Colin McGreal .... storyboard artist
Michele R. Miller .... mural artist
Christopher Schultz .... on-set dresser
Frank Svengsouk .... mural artist
Patrick Tonioli .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Felipe Borrero .... production sound mixer
Lorita de la Cerna .... foley mixer
Patrick Giraudi .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Hamilton .... dialogue editor
Kevin Hamilton .... sound editor
Kevin Hamilton .... supervising adr editor
Tim Song Jones .... boom operator
Scott C. Kolden .... supervising sound editor
Kelly Vandever .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Tom Ceglia .... special effects
Albert Lannutti .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Chris Ervin .... digital artist: main title sequence
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging: THDX (uncredited)
Warren A. Stevens .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
David Blundell .... gaffer
Marc Carter .... first assistant camera
Bennett Cerf .... camera loader
Helen Chough .... first assistant camera
Cooper Donaldson .... gaffer: second unit
Edward A. Gutentag .... Steadicam operator
Scott Herrick .... best boy grip
Colin Hudson .... Steadicam operator
Joel Jaspan .... key grip
Dan Lynch .... grip
Jamie Maxtone-Graham .... cinematographer: second unit
Melissa McManigal .... second assistant camera: second unit
Andrew Mogel .... assistant camera
Tobin Oldach .... camera intern
Stephen Martin Paull .... assistant chief lighting technician
Caleb H. Poynter .... gaffer: second unit
Jeff Ridley .... key grip: second unit
C. Shipley .... grip
Jonathan Sizemore .... lighting technician
Joshua Stern .... set lighting technician
Hopper Stone .... still photographer (as Peter Stone)
Demian Scott Vaughs .... dolly grip (as Demian Vaughs)
John Vetter .... second assistant camera
Jason Wawro .... first assistant camera: second unit
Casting Department
Peter Alwazzan .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Malou Magnusson .... costume supervisor
Malou Magnusson .... costumer
Editorial Department
Joel T. Pashby .... assistant editor
Chuck Winston .... color timer
Music Department
Irving Berlin .... composer: song "White Christmas"
Brad Haehnel .... music mixer
Andrew Lockington .... orchestrator
David Sabee .... orchestra contractor
Transportation Department
Gary D. Fennell .... transportation coordinator
Michael A. Nordenstrom .... transportation captain
Other crew
Jamiah Adams .... production assistant
George Anastassatos .... assistant: Ms. Semenza
Erik Anderson .... assistant: Mr. Samaha
Leland Buck .... security officer
Michael Connor .... assistant: Mr. Whitaker
James D. Dever .... technical advisor: military
Judy Dixon .... publicist
Jake Donohoe .... assistant production accountant
Kristen Figeroid .... assistant: Mr. Stevens
Luis Frausto .... production assistant
Shawn D. Haney .... military liaison (as Capt. Shawn D. Haney)
Marla Hathaway .... craft service
Robert Hepburn .... set medic (as Robert E. 'Sarge' Hepburn)
Amy Huth .... assistant production coordinator
Rodney Itier .... assistant: Mr. Samaha
Jozsef Kovacs .... security officer
Linda Kwan .... script supervisor: English
Heather Lipson .... choreographer
John L. Long .... production assistant
Ian Lyons .... production assistant
Don Meredith .... set medic
Matthew W. Morgan .... DoD Project Officer
Roy Ruiz .... security coordinator
Benjamin Sacks .... production coordinator
Michael Salamon .... assistant: Timothy Bui and Tony Bui (as Michael 'Serp' Salamon)
Cathy Thomas .... assistant: Ms. Paxton
Laura Torrance .... studio teacher
Ted Torre-Bueno .... production assistant
Jim Valdez .... assistant: Mr. Stevens
Onni Vosdoganes .... production coordinator
Dona Williams .... production accountant
Nam Loc .... special thanks
Robert Wheaton .... thanks

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Rated PG-13 for some disturbing situations, nudity and language
115 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Continuity: Near the beginning of the movie, Minh (the young boy) walks the length of the darkened Quonset hut. He goes to the end and looks through the set of double doors. The very next scene switches to the exterior. He is now exiting a single door, because he has come out on the side of the building.See more »
Addie:[explaining his drawing of a whipped slave] What's wrong, kid? Don't worry, that's not me. That's not me. See, that's an America you don't understand yet. It's bigger than those Sears and Roebuck's catalogs they been giving you, or those movies they're showing you, and your Mighty Mouse comics.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Holiday (2006)See more »


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
This film is incredibly touching and unusually poignant., 29 January 2001
Author: sammudd1 from Los Angeles, Ca.

I had the great fortune of seeing this film at The Sundance Film Festival. It was worth the trip just to see this film and hear the director speak of his very personal film. He and his brother have created a world that reminds us of the fragility and strength of the human spirit in a sometimes very cruel world. Within the crevices, he shows us a beauty and humanity that I believe exists in everyone. enjoy this film. It is truly a gift.

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