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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Time to rock it from the Delta to the DMZ! See more »

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Biography | Comedy | Drama | War

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R | See all certifications »

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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

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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Trivia

When Williams says the common Vietnamese surname "Nguyen" on the air, he pronounces it as "Win", which is how the name is pronounced in the U.S., as opposed to Vietnam. See more »

Goofs

When Cronauer is visiting Trinh's place, a female villager speaks Thai instead of Vietnamese. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Steven Hauk: The former V.P. is a good man and a decent man.
General Taylor: Bullshit! I know Nixon personally. He lugs a trainload of shit behind him that could fertilize the Sinai. Why, I wouldn't buy an apple from the son of a bitch, and I consider him a good, close personal friend.
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Entertaining and fascinating movie about a frenetic Disc Jockey during Vietnam War
9 January 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

An unorthodox DJ begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam ; it is based on real life Adrian Cronauer . An impulsive new Disc Jockey named Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams), on whom story was based , is shipped from Crete to Vietnam to bring humor to Armed Forces Radio. The irreverent radio man turns the studio on its ear and becomes wildly popular with the soldiers , realizing uproarious monologues but runs afoul of the middle management (J.T. Walsh , Bruno Kirby ,Robert Wuhl) who think he isn't G.I. enough . D J brings rock 'n' roll to troops during that period when the Vietnam War matured from its origins into a full-blown war as he briefly ruled Saigon's Armed Forces Radio in 1965 . While Adrian is off the air accompanied by his aide-de-camp (Forest Whitaker) attempts to meet Vietnamese especially women , and results to have brushes with the actual war that never appears on the radio.

It's a stunning and absorbing story that is based on real events and historical deeds . The storyline tackles issues of ethics and morality and the horror war . The movie in spite of the passed time is still powerful and astounding. The film is a Robin Williams recital as he realizes a splendid portrayal of a frantic disc jockey as he plays , sings , stooges, tongue twister and pulls faces and grimaces . It's a farce with the master comic pretty amusing and with several wonderful songs from the 60s . Robin copped a first rate acting , achieved a lot of success and a well-earned nomination for best main actor . Williams' improvisational manic monologues are the spotlights and carry the film in an interesting story which meanders too much . Ideal main cast is completed by phenomenal secondary actors as J.T. Walsh , Robert Wuhl, Noble Willingham and also shines Bruno Kirby as jealous superior. Marvelous musical score by the classic Alex North -Cleopatra,Spartacus- , including relevant musical interludes . Coloristic cinematography by Peter Sova , the outdoors filmed in Thailand are spellbound and breathtaking . The motion picture is compellingly directed by Barry Levinson -Sleepers, Bugsy, Avalon- .

This is a highly amusing and frequently funny War/drama/comedy romp with a witty script specifically aimed an adult audience . Picture is a vehicle Robin Williams , he's the whole show , he's an outrageous comic and real Farceur. If you like Robin's crazy interpretation , you will most definitely enjoy this one . Well worth watching for enjoyable performances from main cast as well as the warfare buffs who also will like it . Rating : Very good , worthwhile watching and better than average .


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