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The Green Berets (1968)

G | | Drama, War | 27 July 1968 (Japan)
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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.

Writers:

James Lee Barrett (screenplay), Robin Moore (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Col. Mike Kirby
David Janssen ... George Beckworth
Jim Hutton ... Sgt. Petersen
Aldo Ray ... Sgt. Muldoon
Raymond St. Jacques ... Sgt. Doc McGee
Bruce Cabot ... Col. Morgan
Jack Soo ... Col. Cai
George Takei ... Capt. Nim
Patrick Wayne ... Lt. Jamison
Luke Askew ... Sgt. Provo
Irene Tsu ... Lin
Edward Faulkner ... Capt. MacDaniel
Jason Evers ... Capt. Coleman
Mike Henry ... Sgt. Kowalski
Craig Jue Craig Jue ... Hamchunk
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Storyline

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 Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

They had to be the toughest fighting force on earth - and the men who led them had to be just a little bit tougher! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese | German | Danish

Release Date:

27 July 1968 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Die grünen Teufel See more »

Filming Locations:

Ft. McClellen, Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,707,027
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Batjac Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the Vietnam War, John Wayne was highly critical of American teenagers who went to Europe and Canada to dodge the draft, calling them "cowards", "traitors" and "communists". See more »

Goofs

The helicopter Kirby is in does not react correctly in terms of aerodynamics after it is hit and catches fire. The helicopter would have swung violently around, speeded up as it fell, and would have crashed extremely hard, easily killing everyone on board. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Mike Kirby: What is there not to like? Who is she?
Col. Morgan: Her name is Lin. Her father was chief of the Han Phou provence.
Col. Cai: Until he refused to cooperate with the Viet Cong.
Colonel Mike Kirby: So, they killed him.
Col. Cai: They murdered him and her little brother in the most hideous way.
Colonel Mike Kirby: That's their style.
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Alternate Versions

141 minute version minus several scenes is what was shown on The Military Channel's "An Officer and a Movie". See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Masters: Tyrus (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballad of the Green Berets
(uncredited)
Written by Robin Moore and Barry Sadler
Choral arrangement by Ken Darby
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Pine trees in Viet Nam
1 November 2004 | by jodyh54ukSee all my reviews

For the person who comments on there not being any pine trees in Viet Nam. (as shown in the'Green Berets') Have you ever been to Viet Nam? Sorry to inform you, but there ARE pine trees in Viet Nam. Try visiting Lam Dong Province and I am sure you will realize your comments are wrong. I am an American living and working here, and personally can attest to this. You must take time to study the geography and flora of this country and it will surprise you. In fact, there is desert here, just like you might see in Arizona. It lies between Phan Tiet and Nha Trang along the coast. Furthermore, if one converses with some of the former Vietnamese soldiers who fought along-side the US here, you will hear many stories of how they appreciated the US effort during the war. Many tell me a different story that the US did belong here. Before commenting-come and see for yourself.

Regards


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