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
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The script went through several revisions after it was originally drafted by Adrian Cronauer in 1979. Cronauer first pitched it as a TV series, then a Movie-of-the-Week. It was the latter treatment that landed in the lap of Robin Williams, who realized the DJ role would be the perfect outlet for his brand of comedy. The original treatment by Cronauer was completely re-tooled for Williams. See more »
When Adrian has the three shrimp heads on his fingers pretending to be the Supremes, he refers to the group as "Diana Ross & the Supremes." The film takes place in 1965. The group would not be known as Diana Ross & the Supremes until July of 1967. See more »
In both the Spanish and German language dubs of this film, during a scene involving Adrian's first meeting with Lt. Hawk, the names of Mantovani and Percy Faith are mentioned in reverse order. See more »
Baby Please Don't Go
Written by Big Joe Williams (as Joe Williams)
Performed by Them
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects
A division of PolyGram Records, Inc. See more »
"And if you dooooooo..."
It's been a while since I've seen Good Morning Vietnam but I was reminded of it with the untimely death of Bruno Kirby earlier this week of August 2006. While the film is clearly Robin William's vehicle, Kirby, playing 2nd Lt. Hauck, is the perfect comedic foil. Kirby plays the uptight Hauck, who can't wait to get his hands on the microphone, in way that brings many of the laughs and sets Robin Williams up for more. I continue to use his line "and if you doooooo..." when someone, e.g. my wife or children, do not seem to be listening to me intently enough. Kirby does this in a scene where he is giving instructions to his underlings, who are routinely ignoring him as they comment on things having nothing to do with his agenda. This is a great movie. Williams gives one of his best performances, and you already know how I feel about Bruno Kirby. Another newcomer in the cast is Forest Whitaker, who would later make his mark in The Crying Game and as the host of the update TV series "The Twilight Zone."
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