The Green Berets

1968

Drama / War

64
IMDb Rating 5.8 10 11,867

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George Takei as Phil the Plant
John Wayne as Cowboy
Patrick Wayne as 2nd Lt. Scott
Vera Miles as Mrs. Lee Kirby
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ma-cortes 6 / 10 / 10

Overlong though spectacular Vietnam film that resulted to be a typical as well as thrilling John Wayne vehicle

Col. Mike Kirby (John Wayne who traveled to Vietnam in June 1966 and got the idea to make this picture about the army special forces on that trip) picks two teams of crack Green Berets ( Aldo Ray , George Takei , Jim Hutton , Edward Faulkner , Raymond St Jacques , Patrick Wayne , John's son , among others) from U.S. Special Forces troops for a mission in South Vietnam . Being accompanied by cynical War correspondent George Beck (David Janssen) briefing about the American military involvement in the war in Vietnam . First off is to build and control a camp that is attempting to be taken by the Viet Cong , the second assignment is to Kirby and a select group of his men are then ordered on a special mission to capture a high-level enemy Colonel . This exciting wartime picture contains thrills , violence , noisy action , breathtaking battles and absurd situations . Don't miss the ending scene where the sun sets in the East , including a patriotic as well as famous music . Nice acting by John Wayne , as usual , he was prompted to make the film as a response to the growing anti-Vietnam War movement in the US . John Wayne's character , Col. Mike Kirby, is based on the real-life Lauri Törni, who later on called himself Larry Thorne . The latter was a Finnish army captain who fought in the Second World War during the Winter War (1939-40) and Continuation War (1941-44) against the Soviet Union . He emigrated to the US in the late 1940s and in 1954 joined the US Army . Very good support cast , plenty of familiar faces such as Jim Hutton , Aldo Ray , Raymond St. Jacques , Bruce Cabot , Patrick Wayne , Edward Faulkner and Luke Askew . The film was panned by reviewers , general public and many soldiers serving in Vietnam found the film offensive . Being partially based on real events , as the defensive battle that takes place during the second half of the movie is very loosely based on the Battle of Nam Dong , during which two Viet Cong battalions attacked a small outpost in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam . Even George Takei (he missed nine episodes of Star Trek) has admitted in interviews that while he was grateful to be cast in this film , he nevertheless strongly disagreed with the film's pro-war message and felt the finished movie was very bad . Green Berets was released soon after the Tet Offensive and the My Lai Massacre getting negative critiques , too . However , a lot of critics deemed this war film much better than its reputation would suggest . Possibly due to the film's extremely lousy critical reactions , it's been a long-held belief by many people that it was also a box-office flop . Actually , it was one of John Wayne's biggest box-office successes , attracting millions of moviegoers and ending up being the 13th highest grossing movie of 1968. Colorful cinematography in Panavision by Winton Hoch , filmed on location in Columbus, Georgia , and Ft. McClellen, Alabama . Much of the film was shot in 1967 at Ft. Benning, Georgia, hence the large pine forests in the background rather than tropical jungle trees . Good production design , some of the "Vietnamese village" sets were so realistic they were left intact, and were later used by the Army for training troops destined for Vietnam . Impressive and rousing musical score by Miklós Rózsa , similarly composed to previous epics as Ben Hur , King of Kings , El Cid . Lavishly produced by Batjac , Wayne's company and Warner Bros was concerned about letting John Wayne direct the movie because of the fact that his previous directorial effort , El Alamo (1960), had been an expensive flop . They therefore only agreed to let him do the film if he agreed to co-direct with a more experienced director, and Wayne chose Ray Kellogg . The studio agreed, despite Kellogg's only having ever directed a few "B" pictures such as : ¨The Giant Gila Monster , My dog buddy , The killer shrews¨ , because of his impressive track record as a second unit director on a number of major studio releases . Being John Wayne's final war film , although Undefeated (1969) and Río Lobo (1970) contained some war scenes .

Reviewed by bkoganbing 6 / 10 / 10

Putting It On the Line

One thing about John Wayne that everyone agrees with, whether you liked him or not, you always knew where he stood and he put his money and life behind the projects that he believed in. True of The Alamo and true of The Green Berets. The Duke's problem was simply that he made a World War II film about Vietnam. And he was pilloried for it. I well remember when The Green Berets first came out, Renata Adler wrote an absolutely hysterical review of it, cursing out the film and its producer/star every name in the book in that well known paper that only prints news fit to print. Even World War II films as well as Vietnam ones done now have the value of some historical perspective if they're done now. For my money Casualties of War is the best film done about Vietnam. The Green Berets is not a great film. It does show however the Viet Cong were not exactly boy scouts, something many refuse to acknowledge to this day. The Green Berets is at times more silly than bad. It has some stock characters you see in war films, the gruff sergeant Aldo Ray, the resourceful scrounger Jim Hutton, the kindly doctor Raymond St. Jacques. The Vietnamese besides the Viet Cong are represented by George Takei and Jack Soo. Soo, who I first saw on Broadway in Flower Drum Song has that disarming deadpan delivery that works great for comedy, but not really well in a serious role. In fact Soo is part of what was the silliest part of The Green Berets, the capture of a defecting South Vietnamese General who gets entrapped by an Oriental Mata Hari. Irene Tsu is the temptress here in a story that had to have been lifted from Terry and the Pirates back in the day. Someone should have been asking why a general was defecting from the South Vietnamese cause. George Takei is a grim and hating South Vietnamese Captain. I met George Takei at a Star Trek convention several years ago and asked him about the film and John Wayne. He kind of sidestepped the question about the film, Oriental players didn't exactly have too much choices in roles. However he did say that working with John Wayne was an experience and he liked the fact that there was no pretense about him. You always knew exactly where you stood with the Duke. Vietnam, like Iraq today, was a story of culture clash. Americans and the west view the world quite differently than these people. Somewhere along the line we'd all better learn to get along. Maybe when we're faced with beings from another world, all of our religious and socio-political differences will melt away. I hope so because I suspect that Renata Adler didn't have any more clue to what made John Wayne tick than the Duke had about Vietnam.

Reviewed by ca_skunk 6 / 10 / 10

Only pro-Vietnam War film ever made

This is the only pro-Vietnam war film ever made. Most of the officers, like John Wayne or Bruce Cabot (Frank Pierce in 1967's "The War Wagon"), are much too old to be running around the jungle looking for the VC. Aldo Ray, though a bit too old for this part, pulls it off with a tough-as-nails portrayal of Sgt. Muldoon. Mike Henry, a lousy actor at best, actually has a decent scene, in which, unfortunately, he dies. Henry's character, Kowalski, shows what hand-to-hand combat with martial arts training can really do. Oliver Stone has denounced this film as racist; I have yet to find out why. I have seen this film at least a dozen times, and the ruthlessness of the Viet Cong is shown honestly. The scenes with American actors in blackface (greyface?) portraying VC are rather silly, since there weren't too many six-foot VC around, but the Malayan Swing and punji stakes are frighteningly realistic, at a time when most Americans had never heard of such barbaric weapons.

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