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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.

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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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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:

The Green Berets See more »

Filming Locations:

Ft. McClellen, Alabama, USA See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Batjac Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Wayne still believed the Vietnam War could be won when this film was made in 1967. However, several historians hold that there was no way for the U.S. to win without starting a much wider war against North Vietnam's allies - the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, and North Korea. A full-scale invasion of North Vietnam would have resulted in a large-scale Soviet invasion of western Europe and/or a Chinese invasion of Vietnam were thought to be among the likely consequences of expanding the war. Wayne later financed No Substitute for Victory (1970) in an effort to increase support for U.S. efforts to win the Vietnam War. See more »

Goofs

The jeep that picks up John Wayne/ Col Kirby in Da Nang is the same jeep that he was riding around in at Ft, Bragg. The markings and numbers are the same. See more »

Quotes

Doc McGee: How come you like blowing things up so much?
Sergeant Muldoon: My dad gave me a chemistry set. It got bigger than both of us.
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Alternate Versions

In the original UK cinema version the BBFC edited some shots of a man impaled with a tree branch for an 'A' (PG) certificate. All later releases were uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Black Hawk Down (2001) 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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User Reviews

My husband was there!!
30 January 2005 | by KA2FMZSee all my reviews

He was one of the original team that captured the general. He climbed up on the balcony and let the rope down...Does that validate that part of the movie enough....He also said the part of the little boy never existed....He watched with tears in his eyes because some of his team did not return from that mission alive....Be kinda careful when you criticize things. These guys did not ask to be sent over there...They were sent over there....He did not appreciate getting yelled child killer when he returned either. They were basically good soldiers doing all they could to stay alive....He had may years of Viet Nam syndrome after returning to civilian life....Never got anything from the government nor expected anything....He did his duty and returned.....


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