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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... See more »

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Col. Mike Kirby
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George Beckworth
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Sgt. Petersen
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Sgt. Muldoon
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Sgt. Doc McGee
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Col. Morgan
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Col. Cai
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Capt. Nim
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Lt. Jamison
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Sgt. Provo
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Lin
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Capt. MacDaniel
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Capt. Coleman
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Sgt. Kowalski
Craig Jue ...
Hamchunk
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Sgt. Griffin
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Sgt. Watson
Rudy Robbins ...
Sgt. Parks
Richard 'Cactus' Pryor ...
Collier
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Mrs. Lee Kirby (scenesDeleted)
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Maitre d' (uncredited)
Yodying Apibal ...
South Vietnamese Soldier (uncredited)
Charles Bail ...
Sgt. Lark (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Jim Burk ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Vincente Cadiente ...
Viet Cong Soldier (uncredited)
Peter Chin ...
Viet Cong Soldier (uncredited)
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Lt. Moore (uncredited)
Don Gazzaniga ...
Soldier (uncredited)
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Gen. Thomas (uncredited)
Norman Goodwins ...
Soldier (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Frank Koomen ...
Lt. Sachs (uncredited)
Richard Lapp ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Pat Li ...
Vietnamese Woman (uncredited)
David Lowe ...
Kenny (uncredited)
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Hugh Parkinson (uncredited)
Fred Murphy ...
Soldier (uncredited)
William Olds ...
Gen. Phan Son Ti (uncredited)
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Sgt. Don Ross (uncredited)
Ron Ross ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Phillip Roye ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Al Scott ...
Bo'sun (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Bill Shannon ...
Sgt. White (uncredited)
Irwin Simon ...
Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Walter Soo Hoo ...
Viet Cong Soldier (uncredited)
Laird Stuart ...
Lt. Olsen (uncredited)
Victor Toyota ...
Agent (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ...
Soldier (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Bach Yen ...
Singer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ray Kellogg
John Wayne
Mervyn LeRoy ... (uncredited)

Written by

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James Lee Barrett ... (screenplay)
 
Robin Moore ... (novel "The Green Berets")

Produced by

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Michael Wayne ... producer

Music by

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Miklós Rózsa ... (as Miklos Rozsa)

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Winton C. Hoch ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Otho Lovering

Production Design by

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Walter M. Simonds

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Ray Moyer ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Jerry Alpert

Makeup Department

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Dave Grayson ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Lee Lukather ... unit production manager (as Lee W. Lukather)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Joe L. Cramer ... assistant director
Cliff Lyons ... second unit director
Al Murphy ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Red Turner ... property (as 'Red' Turner)
Hendrik Wynands ... construction coordinator (as 'Hank' Wynands)
Frank L. Brown ... set dresser (uncredited)
Tyrus Wong ... art department (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Stanley Jones ... sound
Robert J. Miller ... sound recordist

Special Effects by

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Sass Bedig ... special effects

Stunts

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Phil Adams ... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Bail ... stunts (uncredited)
Stan Barrett ... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Bass ... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Bullock ... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk ... stunts (uncredited)
Vincente Cadiente ... stunts (uncredited)
Hank Calia ... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Couch ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Couch ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney ... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach ... stunts (uncredited)
Eddy Donno ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Finnegan ... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy ... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... stunts (uncredited)
Yoneo Iguchi ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Lewis ... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... stunt coordinator (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Roy K. Ogata ... stunts (uncredited)
Ernie F. Orsatti ... stunts (uncredited)
Ed Parker ... stunts (uncredited)
Rudy Robbins ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... stunts (uncredited)
Ronald C. Ross ... stunts (uncredited)
George Sawaya ... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Shannon ... stunts (uncredited)
Hayward Soo Hoo ... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers ... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Warlock ... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Warner ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Barton B. MacLeod ... still photographer (uncredited)
Harry Rez ... best boy grip: 2nd unit (uncredited)
Ted Saizis ... director of photography: battle sequences (uncredited)
Vincent Saizis ... director of photography: battle sequences (uncredited)
Frank Stanley ... camera operator (uncredited)
Joseph M. Wilcots ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

Music Department

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Robert Bain ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Manuel Compinsky ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Carmine Coppola ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Ingolf Dahl ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milt Holland ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald ... score remixer (uncredited)
Uan Rasey ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Allan Roberts ... lyrics (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa ... conductor (uncredited)
Robert B. Shepard ... playback singer (uncredited)
David Strech ... music copyist (uncredited)
David Tamkin ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Raymond Turner ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Dan Wallin ... music scoring mixer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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George Coleman ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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William C. Burns ... project officer: Dept. of Defense (as Lt. Col. William C. Byrns U.S.A.)
Jerold R. Dodds ... special forces advisor (as Major Jerold R. Dodds U.S.A.)
Wayne Fitzgerald ... titles designer
August Schomburg Jr. ... project officer: Fort Benning (as Captain August Schomburg Jr. U.S.A.)
Crayton Smith ... script supervisor
Mervyn LeRoy ... studio advisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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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 »
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Also Known As
  • Les bérets verts (France)
  • Die grünen Teufel (Germany)
  • Boinas verdes (Spain)
  • Vihreät baretit (Finland)
  • A zöldsapkások (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 142 min
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Budget $7,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia In 1967 John Wayne wrote to Democratic President Lyndon Johnson requesting military assistance for his pro-war film about Vietnam. The Defense Department had previously helped other war films like Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) and The Longest Day (1962). Jack Valenti told the President, "Wayne's politics are wrong, but insofar as Vietnam is concerned, his views are right. If he made the picture he would be saying the things we want said." Wayne got enough help from the Defense Department to make this film, which became one of the most controversial movies of all time. See more »
Goofs At about 109min. Kirby orders the following pre-jump sequence: Port side stand up, starboard side stand up. Hook up. Stand in the door. Go. He omits the order to check equipment; no jumpmaster would ever omit this. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into A Nice Place to Visit (1983). See more »
Soundtracks The River Seine See more »
Quotes Hugh Parkinson: Perhaps you could answer a question all of us here are asking?
Sergeant Muldoon: We'll try.
Hugh Parkinson: Why is the United States waging this ruthless war in Vietnam?
Sergeant Muldoon: Foreign policy decisions are not made by the military. A soldier goes where he is told to go, and fight whom is told to fight.
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