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.
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U.S. Special Forces troops ("Green Berets") under the command of Colonel Mike Kirby defend a firebase during the Vietnam war. War correspondent George Beckwith accompanies Kirby and objects to both the war and the means by which it is executed. Kirby's firebase is overrun and his troops fight bravely to retake it. Kirby and a select group of his men are then ordered on a special mission to capture a high-level Viet Cong officer.Written by
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Many soldiers serving in Vietnam found the film offensive. See more »
While wearing fatigues stateside (presumably at Ft Bragg) all enlisted personnel are wearing subdued rank insignia etc. Yet when they deploy to DaNang, Vietnam (presumably a combat zone) all enlisted personnel are wearing full-color rank insignia (gold stripes, etc).
The need for subdued insignia is so as to not allow the enemy see it from very far away and/or easily determine who outranks who. Would seem like this combat precaution would not be in play at Ft Bragg, but sure would once deployed "in country." See more »
It's easy to understand why so many viewers hated this movie. It goes against everything the media and entertainment industries (The same thing?) have put forth regarding the Vietnam War since the 1960s. ...Vietnam was a bad war, America was wrong, etc., while the North Vietnamese and VC were just peace/freedom loving folk...
What was so wrong about trying to stem the tide of communism, or to prevent south Vietnam from falling to the communist north? "The Green Berets" made the case that it was a noble goal, and brave Americans worked hard to achieve it.
This is not the best war movie, or even the best Vietnam war movie out there. Mel Gibson's "We Were Soldiers" is far superior in that it is less overtly political, much more realistic, and still shows a positive view of the American effort in southeast Asia. Check it out.
The Green Berets: 5.5 of 10
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