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Good Morning, Vietnam
     

Good Morning, Vietnam

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Director: Barry Levinson

Cast: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran

 

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Good Morning Vietnam has become one Robin Williams' signature films. The DVD release, however, is unfortunately nothing more than the chance to see the film in widescreen. Presented in non-anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen, Good Morning Vietnam looks and sounds good enough to be worth a rental by a fan or someone who has never seen the film, but really offers

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Good Morning Vietnam has become one Robin Williams' signature films. The DVD release, however, is unfortunately nothing more than the chance to see the film in widescreen. Presented in non-anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen, Good Morning Vietnam looks and sounds good enough to be worth a rental by a fan or someone who has never seen the film, but really offers nothing to make the disc worth a purchase. Shot in a matted "flat" ratio instead of a wider "scope" ratio, the widescreen version does not differ drastically from the full-screen version available on video. The picture is sharper, the colors brighter, and Dolby Digital Sound helps the oldies soundtrack, but beyond a trailer, the disc is without any valuable supplements. A Robin Williams commentary might have been too much to hope for, but director Barry Levinson has recorded commentaries in the past and it would have been interesting to hear some insights on the film. Even some outtakes featuring Williams' improvisation would have given the disc greater value. As it is, it can't escape rental-only status.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Humor and war often make strange bedfellows but sometimes humor can have a therapeutic effect for postwar sentiments of anger, frustration and loss, especially in the case of the bitterly divisive Vietnam conflict. In the tradition of Hogan's Heroes and M.A.S.H. came Barry Levinson's Good Morning Vietnam, a pithy blend of satirical comedy and tragedy. Robin Williams gives a career-best caliber performance as the charismatic disc jockey, Adrian Cronaeur. Backed by an eclectic cast inclunding Forest Whitaker, Bruno Kirby, Robert Wuhl and character actors extraordinaire Noble Willingham and the late J.T. Walsh, Williams spins a dazzling, if not headspinning comedic web. This film is an important and derisive look back on the catastrophic military and political debacle that was Vietnam. Williams' wildly improvisational performance warranted an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. His scathing but hilarious carryings-on at the expense of the U.S. military is tempered by some dramatic and touching interactions with Vietnamese natives. Williams is engaging, bitingly sarcastic and heartwarmingly human all at once. Although awkwardly sequenced at times, Levinson's picture was a stupendous critical and financial success.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/1998
UPC:
0717951000736
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:01:00

Special Features

Dolby Digital 5.1 audio; French-language track/Dolby Surround; Theatrical trailer; Chapter search

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Adrian Cronauer
Forest Whitaker Edward Garlick
Tung Thanh Tran Tuan
Chintara Sukapatana Trinh
Bruno Kirby Lt. Steven Hauk
J.T. Walsh Sgt. Major Dickerson
Robert Wuhl Marty Lee Dreiwitz
Noble Willingham Gen. Taylor
Juney Smith Phil McPherson
Richard Portnow Dan The Man Levitan
Floyd Vivino Eddie Kirk
Cu Ba Nguyen Jimmy Wah, saloon owner
Danny Aiello MP
Louis Di Giaimo Actor
Greg Knight Convoy Soldier
Marie Rowe Actor
Richard Edson Private Abersold
Don Stanton Censor #2
J.J. MP #2
James McIntire Sgt. at Jimmy Wah's
Peter MacKenzie Sgt. at Jimmy Wah's
Ralph Tabakin Chaplain Noel
Sangad Sangkao Viet Cong Leader in Jungle

Technical Credits
Barry Levinson Director
Eric Allwright Makeup
Harry Benn Co-producer
Larry Brezner Producer
Freddie Cooper Camera Operator
Fred Cramer Special Effects
Clive Curtis Stunts
Tessa Davies Set Decoration/Design
Keith Denny Costumes/Costume Designer
Louis Di Giaimo Casting
Raja Gosnell Editor
Mark Johnson Producer
Stu Linder Editor
Mitch Markowitz Screenwriter
Ben Moses Co-producer
Alex North Score Composer
Steven Saxton Associate Producer
Peter Sova Cinematographer
Steve Spence Art Director
Roy Walker Production Designer
Bill Westley Asst. Director
Clive Winter Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Chapter Selection
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start [:11]
2. Opening Credits [2:06]
3. New Arrival [2:06]
4. Debut [3:19]
5. First Reviews [4:16]
6. American Language Lessions [:19]
7. Trouble At The G.I. Bar [7:29]
8. Wake-Up Call [1:20]
9. The News & Comedy [5:41]
10. More American Idioms [4:17]
11. First Date [3:16]
12. Uncensored [2:57]
13. The V.P. [4:34]
14. Escalation Of Conflict [:11]
15. Not Funny [:12]
16. Polkas Or No Polkas [5:43]
17. By Popular Request [1:30]
18. Hostile Territory [1:34]
19. Discharged & Transferred [3:16]
20. The Enemy [2:40]
21. Farewell Address [2:25]
22. End Credits [:24]

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Good Morning, Vietnam 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Home_Librarian More than 1 year ago
This movie brings back the turmoil of the era. It pretty well shows what went on, but in a glossed over way. The characterization of the leading character is good, but I wonder how accurate it portrays the 'real' person. I personally didn't like the language used, though suppposedly it is considered appropriate for the setting and the people involved in the story. All-in-all I would say it is entertaining and gives an insight to the war and its devastation. There was humor throughout the story, fortunately. Robin Williams is the perfect person for the part he portrayed. I recommend the movie if you like 'war' stories and Robin Williams.
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