The Green BeretsDirector: Ray Kellogg, John Wayne, David Janssen, Jim Hutton
The Green Berets is an exciting war film that was lambasted by critics who at the time of its release opposed the war in Vietnam. Wayne's role is similar to his part in The Longest Day (1963), but it was evident to the worldwide public that the same bravado that flew well in World War II crash-landed in 1968 in the wake of a very different war and political time. Wayne plays the hard-nosed rough-and-ready Colonel Mike Kirby who heads a courageous bunch of tough-as-nails Green Berets determined to capture an important enemy general. They are accompanied by a skeptical reporter who soon becomes a gung-ho red-white-and-blue patriot as the Colonel and the others lecture and show him why they must defeat the "commies." Interestingly, despite the massive anti-war sentiments of the times, the film grossed over $11 million at the box-office and is especially notable for the fine battle scenes. The film also features the hit song "Ballad of the Green Berets," sung by Sgt. Barry Sadler.
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- Warner Home Video
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Cast & Crew
|John Wayne||Col. Mike Kirby|
|Jim Hutton||Sgt. Peterson|
|Aldo Ray||Sgt. Muldoon|
|Raymond St. Jacques||Doc McGee|
|Bruce Cabot||Col. Morgan|
|Jack Soo||Col. Cai|
|Luke Askew||Sgt. Provo|
|Chuck Bail||Sgt. Lark|
|Richard S. "Cactus" Pryor||Collier|
|William Shannon||Sgt. White|
|Edward Faulkner||Capt. MacDaniels|
|Mike Henry||Sgt. Kowalski|
|Chuck Roberson||Sgt. Griffin|
|Eddy Donno||Sgt. Watson|
|William Olds||Gen. Phan Son Ti|
|Jason Evers||Capt. Coleman|
|George Takei||Capt. Nim|
|Jerry Alpert||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|James Lee Barrett||Screenwriter|
|Sass Bedig||Special Effects|
|Stan Jones||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Ray Moyer||Set Decoration/Design|
|Miklós Rózsa||Score Composer|
|Walter M. Simonds||Production Designer|
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Yes, this movies was for the most part a propaganda film for the vietnam war, but for what it was it sure was great. Showing the different weapons the army used at the time, and the tactics of the VC. Sgt. Peterson was an entertaining character and showed the scrounging that many army units do at the time of war (and even during peacetime) when compared to Platoon or apocolypse now, movies that portray the vietnam vet as a drugged out murdering psychopath, 'Green Berets' is a #1 movie.
Put the Green Berets in your time capsule, because it was released precisely as the USA decided to pull itself apart. Propaganda, certainly, as are most war genre films ever released in any country that believes in itself. Few people can look past the blatant pro-Americanisms that dot this arch-typical John Wayne film... you either love it or hate it. Look past the politics, though, and you can see an honest attempt to portray what the filmmakers thought Vietnam was about... in a film largely made at Fort Benning with the full cooperation of the U.S. Army. Parts (vignettes) of the Green Berets could be a training film: for example, the SF sergeant's (Aldo Ray) adroit handling of the biased (should I say prejudiced) newsman's (David Janssen) pointed questioning and the scrounging sergeant (Jim Hutton). Booby traps, bunkers and fortifications were based upon real Vietnam combat experience, with many sets and props left after filming for use in training troops for Vietnam. Parts, of course, don't stand the test of time. Forget the final kidnap mission, whether or not based upon ''historical faction'' from Robin Moore's excellent book. One reason to have this in your time capsule is that the Green Berets is the last of the patriotic war films made since the invention of the medium. From this point onwards, films (including the Missing in Action genre) use antiheros (e.g., Rambo) for heroism, as often as not fighting against the corrupt American government - or at least the CIA. Oh ye of little faith; the pity is that many Americans will never know what it was like believing in your country... and in your government. The Green Berets is not high art. But as a tiny finger in a rapidly crumbling dike, the Green Berets merits a look by people who honestly want to understand what things were like in the old days when we were still the ''good guys''.
You cannot go wrong with John Wayne.
Probably John Wanye's best flick of all time! An awsome, action packed, adventurus movie. It also features the hit song 'Ballad Of The Greeen Berets' by green beret Barry Sadler. Note: Rating is 'G' not 'R' as said above.
One of the best Vietnam War films of all time.
This is a poor movie at every level. It is a terrible script. It is maudlin and badly directed. Only the most indulgent John Wayne fan would compare it to his great films, or even his incipid but watchable ones. Politically, unlike what the other reviewers are saying, this perspective at the time was long over before this film was made. It was so unrealistic and had so little to do with the real discussion going on in America at the time that anyone with a brain regarded it not just as propaganda (which after all it is to be forgiven for because we get propaganda in films all the time, especially in war movies) but because it was particularly bad, inartful and transparent propaganda. My recollection is this is one of the movies whose existence actually turned people against the War in Vietnam, because it was so ham-handed (like General Westmorland) that the idea that THIS is the best you can do to rationalize or defend this war or the reasons people gave themselves for fighting in it and killing others in large and gratuitious numbers was proof that this was the war that wasted America's power, prestige and trust in government by the citizenry.