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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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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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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 »

Genres:

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

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 »

Goofs

About 4' into the film, we can hear Levitan on the radio, saying that "AFRS operates on an assigned carrier of 540 and 749 Megahertz". It is very unlikely that those frequencies have ever been used for commercial grade radio broadcasting. AM broadcasts typically used (and still use) frequencies ranging from 540 to 1600 KHz, and FM broadcasts in United States are located between 88 and 108 MHz. Using higher frequencies would require more relays (due to the "line of sight" propagation mode of those frequencies), which is probably not really feasible in hostile countries, and above all, it would require custom receivers. See more »

Quotes

Adrian Cronauer: If I don't get to my English class, they'll be a lot of people speaking in short choppy sentences.
Edward Garlick: Look, we've got to talk and talk now!
Adrian Cronauer: Not now man come on.
Edward Garlick: I can't believe you. What? That's it? You're going to leave the whole fucking thing behind and leave everything fucking hanging! People are depending on you!
Adrian Cronauer: Edward, please! That's two nasty words in one year. Forgive me.
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I'll Never Smile Again
Written by Ruth Lowe
Performed by Lawrence Welk
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The best--Williams behind the mic--is 11 stars, but the movie as a whole is a kind of slick formula otherwise
13 September 2014 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

A lighthearted but deadly serious anti-war film, actually. This is of course a Robin Williams movie so that it is his schtick, brilliant and inspired, that makes it soar. The best of it, including the famous riff when he first gets on the air as the new Saigon DJ, is hilarious and breathtaking. There is a plot, sort of, as he goes through a rise and fall at the military radio station, but it's more about his shining moments behind the microphone than anything else.

The "else" in this movie is, however, most of the movie. That is, Williams has a serious role as an offbeat renegade in a chaotic world surrounded by a range of sensible and very insensible officers and colleagues. At the most extreme, when we see a Vietnamese village firebombed while Louis Armstrong sings "It's a Wonderful World," the sentiment is so cloying it makes you cry, and you're not sure why because you know it's just over the top manipulation. Likewise when Williams is caught in a traffic jam with other military vehicles and he warms up the soldiers by humanizing everyone and making them feel like they really should be back home. Which they should be, as we know in retrospect.

So the movie has another side that's kind of sentimental and simplistic, whatever its good pacifist intentions. Williams is a decent actor—I'm not one of those who thinks he's brilliant outside of his funny roles—and so it holds up pretty well. But the plot line keeps the movie from really finding pathos, or comedy, or warmth, or tragedy of a dramatic kind, in the scenes outside the radio station. And I think that's what it intended.

For those who don't know, it's worth adding that the main character, Adrian Cronauer, was a real person, and still is—he's a staunch Republican (Williams was not, to be sure) and an innovator in radio in Vietnam. He also co-wrote the screenplay, I assume working on the scenes that he would know best rather than the larger saccharine plot aspects. A great story, and the real Cronauer deserves credit for inspiring it, and helping it along. He was, along with most of us, "Godsmacked" when he heard the news of Williams's death.


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