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Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

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In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam.

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Barry Levinson

Writer:

Mitch Markowitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Adrian Cronauer
Forest Whitaker ... Edward Garlick
Tung Thanh Tran ... Tuan
Chintara Sukapatana Chintara Sukapatana ... Trinh
Bruno Kirby ... Lt. Steven Hauk
Robert Wuhl ... Marty Lee Dreiwitz
J.T. Walsh ... Sgt. Major Dickerson
Noble Willingham ... Gen. Taylor
Richard Edson ... Pvt. Abersold
Juney Smith ... Phil McPherson
Richard Portnow ... Dan 'The Man' Levitan
Floyd Vivino Floyd Vivino ... Eddie Kirk
Cu Ba Nguyen Cu Ba Nguyen ... Jimmy Wah
Dan Stanton ... Censor #1 (as Dan R. Stanton)
Don Stanton ... Censor #2 (as Don E. Stanton)
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Storyline

A new Disc Jockey is shipped from Crete to Vietnam to bring humor to Armed Forces Radio. He turns the studio on its ear and becomes wildly popular with the troops but runs afoul of the middle management who think he isn't G.I. enough. While he is off the air, he tries to meet Vietnamese especially girls, and begins to have brushes with the real war that never appears on the radio. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The wrong man. In the wrong place. At the right time. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Good Morning, Vietnam See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$194,308, 27 December 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$123,922,370
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Adrian Cronauer is seen singing the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On". The movie is set in 1965, but this song was not released until late 1966. See more »

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Adrian Cronauer: Good morning, Vietnam! Hey, this is not a test. This is rock and roll. Time to rock it from the delta to the DMZ! Is that me, or does that sound like an Elvis Presley movie? Viva Da Nang. Oh, viva, Da Nang. Da Nang me, Da Nang me. Why don't they get a rope and hang me? Hey, is it a little too early for being that loud? Hey, too late. It's 0600 What's the "0" stand for? Oh, my God, it's early. Speaking of early, how about that Cro-Magnon, Marty Dreiwitz? Thank you, Marty, for "silky-smooth sound...
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The best--Williams behind the mic--is 11 stars, but the movie as a whole is a kind of slick formula otherwise
13 September 2014 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

A lighthearted but deadly serious anti-war film, actually. This is of course a Robin Williams movie so that it is his schtick, brilliant and inspired, that makes it soar. The best of it, including the famous riff when he first gets on the air as the new Saigon DJ, is hilarious and breathtaking. There is a plot, sort of, as he goes through a rise and fall at the military radio station, but it's more about his shining moments behind the microphone than anything else.

The "else" in this movie is, however, most of the movie. That is, Williams has a serious role as an offbeat renegade in a chaotic world surrounded by a range of sensible and very insensible officers and colleagues. At the most extreme, when we see a Vietnamese village firebombed while Louis Armstrong sings "It's a Wonderful World," the sentiment is so cloying it makes you cry, and you're not sure why because you know it's just over the top manipulation. Likewise when Williams is caught in a traffic jam with other military vehicles and he warms up the soldiers by humanizing everyone and making them feel like they really should be back home. Which they should be, as we know in retrospect.

So the movie has another side that's kind of sentimental and simplistic, whatever its good pacifist intentions. Williams is a decent actor—I'm not one of those who thinks he's brilliant outside of his funny roles—and so it holds up pretty well. But the plot line keeps the movie from really finding pathos, or comedy, or warmth, or tragedy of a dramatic kind, in the scenes outside the radio station. And I think that's what it intended.

For those who don't know, it's worth adding that the main character, Adrian Cronauer, was a real person, and still is—he's a staunch Republican (Williams was not, to be sure) and an innovator in radio in Vietnam. He also co-wrote the screenplay, I assume working on the scenes that he would know best rather than the larger saccharine plot aspects. A great story, and the real Cronauer deserves credit for inspiring it, and helping it along. He was, along with most of us, "Godsmacked" when he heard the news of Williams's death.


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