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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.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writer:

Mitch Markowitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Adrian Cronauer
Forest Whitaker ... Edward Garlick
Tom. T. Tran ... Tuan (as Tung Thanh Tran)
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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In 1965, military D.J. Adrian Cronauer was sent to Vietnam to build morale. His strategy: keep 'em laughing. His problem: staying out of trouble. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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No Beatles songs were played because at that time the copyrights to their songs had not been released for use in movies or any other media outlet. This was also the case with the film Pirate Radio. The DJs worshipped the Beatles and talked about them often but they could NOT play their songs. See more »

Goofs

When the disc jockey announces that the next song will be Ray Conniff's version of "The Way You Look Tonight" the song actually played is Ray Conniff's version of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes." See more »

Quotes

Lt. Steven Hauk: And where you do imagine you're going?
Adrian Cronauer: I'm going to get something to eat.
Lt. Steven Hauk: You ain't got time. You'll stay here and drink instant beverages or something. We promised our viewing audience Nixon highlights by 4:00 PM.
Adrian Cronauer: I've been on the air for four hours. I'm a little hungry.
Lt. Steven Hauk: That's a joke right? I get it.
Adrian Cronauer: No. I'm actually hungry
Lt. Steven Hauk: Well I'm actually giving you an order.
Adrian Cronauer: Oh it's an order. In that case gentlemen. Let's edit.
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Alternate Versions

The Spanish-language dub of the film, during a scene involving Adrian's first meeting with Lt. Hawk, replaces the mentions of the names of such artists as Lawrence Welk, Jim Nabors, and Perry Como with those of Trini Lopez, Xavier Cugat, and Paul Anka. See more »


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Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
Written by Jo Ann Castle (as Joanne Castle)
Performed by Lawrence Welk and Myron Floren
Courtesy of Ranwood Records
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Robin Williams does his thing well in this comedy that makes us think. ***1/2 (out of four)
14 November 2000 | by Movie-12See all my reviews

GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM / (1987) ***1/2 (out of four)

By Blake French:

Robin Williams is about as good as they come at doing stand up comedy, and in "Good Morning, Vietnam" director Berry Levinson gives him everything he needs to make the film go above and beyond the average satire. From his outgoing sense of humor, to his aggressive personality, and dozens of vocal effects, he portrays his character with interactive zest. Who can resist the awakening voice of Williams on the radio yelling "Good Morning Vietnam." This is a film that conquers the test of time.

"Good Morning, Vietnam" tells the story of a lively disc jockey who gets a job on Armed Forced Radio during the Vietnam War. Robin Williams is the fast-talking Adrian Cronauer, and who better to play the part than he. Although this character is one-dimensional (we are never informed on his background, marital status, where he comes from, what he did before we meet), as the movie continues he gradually begins to change into a deeper, more meaningful person.

The story moves along smoothly; the narrative through-line is consistent as each scene relates to the next. Although little momentum or suspense can be noticed, the film does have several underlining themes, often viewed upon in a Stanley Kubrick style: sarcastic and uncompromising. We see how much a little humor and jazz can greatly enlighten the hard-core atmosphere of the military during Vietnam, and how it can thoroughly confuse the bleeding heart officials.

The film hangs by the skin of its teeth for active conflict tension. Beyond people objecting to the actions of Williams' character, there is just not a lot of tension within the story, and at some points my interest wandered. "Good Morning, Vietnam" is merely a portrait of Robin Williams releasing his perennial comedy, and unfortunately that does happen to get old quite quickly; the majority of an audience can only watch the humor for so long until it becomes old and somewhat stale.

"Good Morning, Vietnam" is definitely not a flawless film, but we do empathize for the main character, the scenes effectively capture the attitude and mood during the war, and the dialogue and writing feel accurate and involving. Barry Levinson has directed a marvelous comedy, one that is not all about making us laugh, but also makes us think.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Gross USA:

$123,922,370

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,922,370
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Technical Specs

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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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