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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Adrian Cronauer
... Edward Garlick
... Tuan
Chintara Sukapatana ... Trinh
... Lt. Steven Hauk
... Marty Lee Dreiwitz
... Sgt. Major Dickerson
... Gen. Taylor
... Pvt. Abersold
... Phil McPherson
... Dan 'The Man' Levitan
Floyd Vivino ... Eddie Kirk
Cu Ba Nguyen ... Jimmy Wah
... Censor #1 (as Dan R. Stanton)
... Censor #2 (as Don E. Stanton)
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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 »

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Biography | Comedy | Drama | War

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15 January 1988 (USA)  »

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Buenos días, Vietnam  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$194,308, 27 December 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$123,922,370
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As Adrian chases Tuan through the alley, the background music is actually a cut from Alex North's unused score for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). See more »

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The stripes on the 716 Military Police Battalion's helmet liners were shown as solid white.with 716 on both sides of the helmet.

The actual helmet should have consisted of a white over red stripe. On the left side of the helmet the numbers 716 would be visible while on the right the unit patch of the 18th MP Brigade would have been displayed. See more »

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General Taylor: Cronauer, I'm sorry as hell about this thing. Goddammit, I like you, son. I like what you do. Most of all, I like what you done for the men. But facts facts. This could give the Army a black eye. I'm not gonna cover for you this time, son.
Adrian Cronauer: Sir, what about the show?
General Taylor: We'll handle it.
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Ballad of a Thin Man
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by The Grassroots (as The Grass Roots)
Courtesy of MCA 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 See 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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