Anyone who fought in Vietnam can tell you that the war bore little resemblance to this propagandistic action film starring and codirected by John Wayne. But the film itself is not nearly as bad as its reputation would suggest; critics roasted its gung-ho politics while ignoring its merits as an exciting (if rather conventional and idealistic) war movie. Some notorious mistakes were made--in the final shot, the sun sets in the east!--and it's an awkward attempt to graft WWII heroics onto the Vietnam experience. But as the Duke's attempt to acknowledge the men who were fighting and dying overseas, it's a rousing film in which Wayne commands a regiment on a mission to kidnap a Viet Cong general. David Janssen plays a journalist who learns to understand Wayne's commitment to battling Communism, and Jim Hutton (Timothy's dad) plays an ill-fated soldier who adopts a Vietnamese orphan. --Jeff Shannon
So-So War Flick; Seen Better, Seen Worse There are some good battle scenes in here, particularly at night. Other than that, it's a so-so war movie and a little long. At 141 minutes, it could have been a lot better cut to two hours or even less.
There is an interesting lecture to the press by the military early on and that's worth listening to, whether you agree with it or not. John Wayne played his normal tough-on-the-outside-but very human-on-the-inside role, which he so often did in his westerns. This movie also was made right when the Hays Code had been abolished but they still refrained from profanity, to their credit, although it certainly would have been understandable being a war flick.
There were a number of lulls in here to show the soldiers being more than just killing machines. There is one very touching scene with a little boy whose soldier friend does not come back alive. From a war standput, there were Viet Cong booby traps that were brutal but interesting to see.
Overall, I found it an "okay" war movie, but nothing special. Unlike most reviews that I've read here, I am just trying to evaluate the film without politics entering into it.
THE DUKE HAS THE LEFT TIED IN KNOTS In 1969, John Wayne infuriated the Left with "The Green Berets", a film that made no apologies in its all-out support of America's effort in Vietnam. It was lambasted by critics, but in a very interesting sign, sold out at the box office. It plays today and while it is heavy-handed, there is little about it that rings untrue. The soldiers do not swear, complain or bastardize their uniforms like the actual guys did, but their patriotism and military professionalism was the real deal. The Communists they fight in the film are shifty little pissants. This does not deviate from the essential truth. ...more info
Capturing The General I like the scene where the green berets manage to destroy the general's guards before capturing the general....more info
A Viet Nam Classic - a MUST SEE! Censorized in Sweden when the film originally hit the white screen as glorifying the Viet Nam War, I only 30+ years later, and then with a military career pocketed, I wonder why all the adoo! Showing the war as it was, the good, the bad and the ugly you might say, it is real, entertaining and certainly adds an additional angle. Today's generation will have seen similar either by Clint Eastwood or Oliver Stone. The added value for those of us too young to have experienced it is to get a glimpse of what life like could be like at the front(often obscured in this war), in the 1960's or 70's or off duty, and the environment faced among people then in contrast to the present. It is entertaining and certainly a film needed at the time to portray the professional soldier in a war 'unpopular', as much as there is a need today when facing Iraq, Afghanistan and international engagements in among other, Africa. And to be honest - it is not a soldier who goes to war it is in effect - his/her government, when everything else has failed, opinions and people have been violently opressed and the truth has been sold down the river...
poopaganda. When John Wayne died they did an autopsy on him discovering over 40 pounds of impacted fecal matter which was believed to be the cause of the cancer in his colon that killed him. But he really didn't have 40 pounds of fecal matter in him at his death as far as anyone knows because they never did an autopsy. That was a false internet rumor, probably started by sellers of "colonic irrigation products", vegetarians and that want to call attention to the unhealthy American meat-based diet. Heh, can't believe everything ya here. John Wayne did die of cancer, but I'm affraid he was indeed full of it, just in other ways. This film THE GREEN BERETS is impacted with enough nonsense to be harmful to the society that consumes too much material of this kind. The movie is well known for containg many technical errors including depiction of a sunset that takes place in the east. I wonder how many Americans would to this day know and or even notice that the country of Vietnam has no western coastline? How many would care is perhaps even more important a question. Technical errors aside the meassage of the film is completely false: the Vietnam War was was not faught to save little Vietnamese children and the Vietnamese people. It killed countless thousands of them. Can't believe everything you hear, especially what the government tells you on TV and in newspapers about war....more info
Good Movie Watching this movie will make you want to be a member of the Army Special Forces. I joined the Army because of this movie!...more info
Special War for Special Forces MAKE no mistake, the Duke tells his side of the VN war. John Wayne felt it was his patriotic duty to answer "Jane Fonda" pinko liberal anti-VN War protesters and Hanoi Jane herself, the most hated sumbag by US GIs in VN. As a veteran of many covert low intensity wars, dedicated Colonel Mike Kirby of the US Special Forces, John Wayne leads a dedicated "A" team of highly skilled "Professors of Warfare" deep behind enemy lines in VN. Based in part on Capt. Roger Donlon's heroic and harrowing defence of a Green Beret outpost that won him the 1st Congressional Medal of Honour awarded in Vietnam, John Wayne is at his patriotic best in his realistic potrayal of a veteran of many, many wars fighting his country's enemies. The footage of an AC130 gunship "Puff the Magic Dragon" that terminates the VC that have over run the Special Forces camp is chilling in its depiction of quick death from the sky. Fascinating too to military buffs are the techniques of sentry silencing shown including garotting, as well as the use of the STABO extraction rig used to extract the enemy NVA General for interrogation. John Wayne's parting line as the sun sets over Danang, when he puts the Green Beret over the head of the orphan Vietnamese boy "Ham Chunk", "You're what this is all about, Green Beret" brings tears to your eyes. The plight of the boat people after the fall of Saigon showed beyond a shadow of a doubt that what John Wayne said to Ham Chunk in Danang Air Base was in fact TRUE. Refugees are people who vote with their feet. If you have ever seen the booby traps exhibited in the Cu Chi Tunnels exhibit you will realise that the sometimes simple and warm Vietnamese people can turn very nasty. Just see for yourself the many different leg traps made with rusty 6 inch long nails coated with faeces used to slice up unwary ARVN and US GIs and you will see exactly what I mean. As Ken, a good friend of mine always says, "Seeing is believing". If you know people who were in the re-education camps after the fall of Saigon, you won't be so quick to condemn this film. The Communists sytematically starved to death thousand in the re-education camps. my frind had to eat spiders and ants to stay alive. John Wayne had the guts and the money to tell the other side of the story, the side the pinko hippie pressure groups refused to see. There are none so blind as those who refuse to see. Today's Green Berets actually trace their lineage to the OSS of WW2 which set Europe ablaze and helped free a Nazi occupied continent. Today, the intrepid and indomitable Green Berets carry out the same daring mission President JF Kennedy gave them - De Opresso Liber which means to "liberate the opressed". In Afghanistan and Iraq, they fight today to keep freedom alive and I for one wish them every success in all their endeavours. De Opresso Liber!Dr. M The Travelling Gourmet....more info
A Legacy Through the muddled and cynical torrent of news and media in this day and age, I can say definitively that there is indeed such a thing as a "hero." Although John Wayne's movie takes liberty to an extreme, a job that was down and dirty in reality, the character of these men is on target. Yes, there are "Petersons" in a Special Forces Soldier. I know a few of them who served with B-55 in Nha Trang (Mike Force). Some of them gave their lives in service to America, for "De Oppresso Liber" or "to free the oppressed." Hard drinking, hard fighting, professionals who gave their all...yes indeed, there is such a thing as a hero. Wayne's movie showed the character and skill of these men, who fight today in some far off land. Some of these guys might stay too long at the club, but when the bell rang, they always showed up on time, true to the cause....more info
Outstanding!!! Best Vietnam War movie ever made! Based on the book by SGT. Bary Saddler, who was there and did it!...more info
I rather watch TGB and We Were Soldiers than Platoon I am more concerned with the identification of PLATOON as a accurate representation of the Vietnam experience than with TGB's.
To start with, people, I don't see how a movie that portrays US soldiers in the Vietnam War as war criminals, druggies and trash like PLATOON could be better than ANY other movie on the subject, THE GREEN BERETS included.Would you acclaim a movie negatively stereotyping Afro Americans,Latino or any other minority?No.In this aspect,John Wayne's movie has to be seen as an effort to somehow stem the wave of soldier in Vietnam/Vietnam veteran bashing that corroded this nation to its ever lasting shame at that time.
The experiences,type of missions,tactics,use of eqipment,etc shown in the movie corresponds to what is now considered historical fact.The uniforms and weapons are correct.The NVA VC represented were the NVA VC as armed and uniformed up to 1966/67 so they are either black pajamed or uniformed in khaki not with the NVA green and VC khaki of Main Force units of 67 onwards.
The odd thing to some people is that it was filmed in the US at North Carolina but as someone wrote both North and South Vietnam has many diferent types of vegetation and clime and there were pines and cold places. Not everything was jungle or swamps!
Another thing that results odd to some is the positive way and the negative way GIs are portrayed vs the negative way communists are portrayed. Well,if you happen to be prejudiced because of politics or just plain bigotry and believe Vietnam veterans were all Lt William Calley clones and every action a My Lai...you need to flash forward to the present and reality because it's a matter of historical fact that pop culture vision is not true.
THE GREEN BERETS has no special effects or natural settings or computer enhancing as we are accustomed today.The real value is that it portrays Special Warfare ops as accurately as it was possible and it was, until very recently, the only movie which did not echoed the foolishness,ignorance,vanality and malaise that so much hurted a generation of soldiers which sinned only by answering the call of duty....more info
John Wayne's Viet Nam..... There was a line in another John Wayne movie that went," When the legend disagrees with the truth, print the legend." That's what Wayne did in THE ALAMO, and in THE GREEN BERETS, he told us the legend. Maybe it didn't agree with the truth, but it was how he wanted his America to be. He told us his legend. Accept it as that....more info
Easily the best of Duke at his worst I've given this three stars because it's a 'sort of' institution and one of a kind. Otherwise I'd have given it a one-star.
I first saw this film shortly after it came out. The Vietnam War was just cranking up and John Wayne was at the peak of his long career. I expected to enjoy the movie. We hadn't yet all formed the opinions we came to have later about the war in Vietnam. America was still pure and clean.
The movie is poorly plotted. Wayne's acting isn't up to the standards he showed us elsewhere. Too bad.
The movie was a terrible bust. I've seen it several times since 1964 and it hasn't changed....more info
Great Movie! You know the whole Vietnam war has many different aspects to it, ranging from good to bad. The good was the efforts American fighting men made in following their orders to do what they thought was right. This movie symbolized this better than most movies have, even from the WWII era. The song The Green Berets is one that still brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. A friend of mine was a Lt. Col. in the Green Berets, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for the effort that he, and his fellow soldiers, made. Who else but John Wayne could have made this movie and given it the glory it so richly deserved....more info
Why we were in Vietnam! Growing up in California I had a lot of ex-hippy teachers. My dad served as a Lurp in Vietnam and won the Bronze Star. This was the movie I always say to watch if you really want to know why we were there. I also like this movie because it shows you can have a war movie, about Vietnam no less, and still make it Rated-G. I don't watch unedited Rated-R movies and this is the only Veitnam movie out there that isn't rated-R. From what I've seen it's also the most accurate. Cheers for John Wayne for producing this wave the flag movie....more info
if youre a true john wayne fan If you are a true JOHN WAYNE FAN that is his war movie's it's a must have.It's one of his tippical alway's the big he bull of the movie....more info
If I could find that Vietnam film It was Vietnam war time when I watched this film. I was a child. The impact was of a real scent of war. This was war. As years passed by whenever I felt a need to watch a war film I recalled that film by John Wayne. The name of the movie was lost from my mind. Many years later , now , with the help of internet I searched for Vietnam films and here it is. Though Amazon doesnt send it to Istanbul I hope I will find it. It is strange that the scenes of a documentary that I recently watched on Discovery depicting the circumstances of the North Vietnamese converge with the ones in this film of John Wayne's. One side was the world of the American's the other belonged to the Vietnamese. Everyone in his or her world ; unaware of the world of the eagle over them which watches the worlds of these both....more info
The Duke socks Communism on the jaw While the overall tone and style of The Green Berets make it somewhat anachronistic - especially the ghastly, but mercifully brief "chorale" at the end - it still contains some elements that make it a watchable VietNam movie.
All politics aside, this was The Duke's from-the-heart tribute to the men and women serving in Nam, who were quite unjustly being blamed for the machinations of the military-industrial complex.
No, the situation was not as straightforward as TGB suggests, but the movie does give you something of a feel for the nature of jungle warfare, such as the cover and point methods of moving through areas that were often laced with booby traps and snipers.
Having had a lecture on VC booby traps from a field engineer from 1 ATF (Phuoc Tuy province) in 1971, (I was not with the military) I couldn't understand how anybody ever survived a month, let alone a tour. This movie goes some way towards showing how effective these devices could be, and how they could even account for 40% of casualties in some units.
TGB wasn't just a piece of shameless flag waving by The Duke, it was an attempt to humanize the War and make people care about the individual soldiers above all, at a time when the Communist hijack of the Peace Movement had made many people shun the returning troops and label them "baby killers". Even though it was the VC who were sometimes booby trapping live babies in order to kill American soldiers.
If America feels guilt about VietNam, it should primarily be for the way it abandoned its young men to the Communist-led jackals of the "don't think, just chant something" sixties.
The returning troops, whose average age was nineteen (just think of all the eighteen and nineteen year olds you know) heard all manner of hateful derision and ridicule back in the World.
The one thing they didn't hear was the one thing they SHOULD have heard...
Welcome home, brothers and sisters.
That is why The Duke made this movie, and for that reason alone, it has value....more info
Great Movies make great DVDs John Wayne wanted to make a Vietnam movie that spoke about just how bad the communist were adn he succeded! The movie seperates the good from the bad and shows the evils of the North. The Duke is the American Fighting man!...more info
A war film classic I know all the hippies out there hate this film. It is a great war film from a great man, John Wayne. You may complain about the war in Vietnam, but that is not what this is about. This film was trying to bring Americans together to support our troops, not the war. It was a film intended to spark patriotism, just like "Bataan" was for WWII. If you didn't support the war, that is your god given right. You should still show some pride for our troops, and what they sacrificed....more info
A Classic of American Right Wing Propaganda Words cannot adequately describe the depths of moral and political depravity to which this film goes in its attempt to re-write the shameful history of our entanglement in Vietnam. Its simplistic, reactionary sanctimony, trite cowboy dialog and racist portrayals of Vietnamese characters could almost be regarded as camp if this worthless piece of celluloid did not also have a darker purpose--the glorification and promotion of an unjust war in which America had no business being involved.
If you want the real story of what happened in Vietnam, read "The Winter Soldier Investigation", published in 1971 by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. In it you'll read true accounts, by soldiers who were there, of atrocities committed by American troops in the name of "freedom". They set the record straight. This film deserves to be roundly condemned for its defense of our role in the Vietman War. We had better pray its like will never be repeated....more info
The Geen Beret - The Best I have seen this movie several times throughout my life. It is a wonderful picture with emotions from the war and it always brings back my childhood since my Dad was in the military and was in Vietnam....more info
A Rugged History Lesson John Wayne stays true to form in this early view of the Viet Nam War. Full of action and intrigue as it takes a look at the Green Berets in battle.At the time John Wayne made this motion picture, The Viet Nam War was controversial and the critics numbered many. John Wayne took on the critics and the task of portraying an unpopular war in our nation's history. This movie is for those fans who love John Wayne in the thick of battle.
Wayne's War John Wayne's answer to the anti-war movement was, for a good many years, the only film about Vietnam. It's easy for people to knock this movie or the war itself -- and anyone who thinks the people of South Vietnam are better off under a communist dictatorship than the government they had, then we have nothing to talk about. Actually this was made before she became "Hanoi Jane" -- a tag which follow her to the grave, GREEN BERETS is basically a WWII movie set in Vietnam. It has moments. Also starring David Jansen, Aldo Ray, Jim Hutton, Jason Evers, Bruce Cabot and Mr. Sulu himself, George Takei. ...more info
The Green Berets Whoever produced this DVD recorded only 1/3 of the movie. I only get to watch 1/3 of the movie before it goes blank. I do not know what happened to the other 2/3s. Amazon should not be selling this DVD. I threw away $11.99 plus shipping. Do not purchase this DVD....more info
A boost to LBJ and Nixon. Here we get a simplistic view of a very complex war. We didn't know in 1968, when this film was released and when the action for American soldiers in Vietnam was very hot indeed, that it would be a full seven years before this political morass of a conflict would be ultimately ended and that the Americans would lose the war. In fact, in '68, the idea that we could possibly lose the Vietnam War probably didn't even occur to the average American.
I said all that to lay the proper groundwork for the film. This is clearly a pro-war movie and it has suffered significant critical review (especially in retrospect) as a result. Hollywood drew upon their biggest gun, John Wayne, for the role of the tough and heroic Colonel Mike Kirby who ultimately "wins the battle" -- even Hollywood anticipated the risk of going out any further on a limb than this, given that they were no doubt more clearly apprised of the otherwise little-known actualities of America's lack of direction and progress in Vietnam.
The story itself is a simple one: American soldiers are trying their best to crush the purveyors of horrific Communism and thus save the vulnerable South Vietnamese people from eternal, unfathomable atrocities which were generally associated with the North Vietnamese rulers and Vietcong soldiers during this time period. This Herculean task was to be accomplished, in this case, through superior tactics, by the employment of superior American weaponry, and, through the patriotic intestinal fortitude of John Wayne's sterling leadership. Of course, this microcosm of the war was allegedly representative of what we were supposedly doing all over South Vietnam.
What you will NOT see in this film, which most later movies exploited, is drug use by American soldiers, prostitution for the troops offered by Vietnamese women who were trying to survive their circumstances, or any of the other common, supplementary, and graphic appurtenances to the typical lengthy war. Other than Jim Hutton's little humorous Black Market escapades, it's mostly shooting and body counts. Here, the viewer can expect a very straightforward presentation of battle, tenoned with the occasional swatch of personal anguish.
"The Green Berets" is the antithesis to the more self-loathing, later-period, movies like "Apocalypse Now," (1979) and "The Deer Hunter," (1978). And it's probably accurate to say that each of these three flicks were reflective of the American public's general sentiment (in hindsight of Vietnam, regarding the latter two) at the time of their respective releases. I feel certain that both LBJ and Nixon would have wished for the production of a lot more movies like "The Green Berets".
I based my 3-star rating on my view of the film AFTER having separated it from period politics. It's well-done in terms of cinematography, is supported by a quality filmscore (composed and effected by Miklos Rozsa), bulging with notable stars of the era (Jim Hutton, Mike Henry, Jack Soo), albeit I've never been a huge fan of David Janssen. I've always been turned off by his eternal despondence and grimness throughout his film career, ergo "The Fugitive" television series. In the end, one can't escape the propaganda feel of this film. Even at the time of its initial release I recall thinking that it was pretty stiff, and wreaking somewhat of Ozzie and Harriet-ness.
"The Green Berets" was filmed at Fort Benning, Georgia and if you look closely, you can spot that they utilized caucasians as some of the Vietcong soldiers. I do think that it was a fine performance by John Wayne, even though I'm not exactly rabid on The Duke as some folks are. Still, one cannot deny that he was perfect in the role. The film was co-directed by Ray Kellogg, John Wayne, and Mervyn LeRoy, the latter being uncredited.
To summarize, I still enjoy seeing this film occasionally but about the only accurate part of it was the portrayal of the media's rising cynicism in regard to our continuing role in Vietnam....more info
Avoid This Like A Horseshoe Ambush I read someone else's review about this, and it peaked my interest enough to write my own about a movie that is a misfire on many levels from the outset to the bitter end.
First, there's the dialogue, which is ueber patriotic from the get-go to build support for the war. (It was released in 1968). Some of it will give you the chills of embarrassment when a South Vietnamese Army captain says: "First, kill all stinking Cong..." You forget the rest of what he says as you feel your face flush red and wonder why the two actors he's addressing aren't laughing their web gear off. An abundance of military colloquialisms, popular at the time seem inserted rather than natural e.g. "bought the farm" or "Puff, the Magic Dragon." Loosely translated that means you're dead and you're about to die--respectively.
Next, we have the plot.
One lone reporter is anti war and antagonistic to the mission of US Army Special Forces (Green Berets), and he's going to prove it by going to Vietnam and see it first hand. He attends an orientation at Ft. Benning where the scenes, especially of the airborne school, are real. It is during this part of the movie that John Wayne is trying mightily to remember his lines, and not appear like someone who should have retired twenty years earlier.
Next we see Jim Hutton, an enlisted greenie beanie who is a scrounger which translates as thief, who sleeps in "jammies," and has a 1941 style barracks full of collectibles that no self-respecting special forces soldier would be caught dead with.
Now the rest of the characters who all go to Vietnam:
They are as numerous and predictable as it is easy finding cheese in any box of C rations. Sergeant Muldoon is the tough senior NCO and weapons expert who liked to make things explode with his chemistry set as a kid. (No kidding)! There's the mild-mannered doc who inoculates entire villages. There's Jackie Soo who appears that he hasn't graduated from acting school but you secretly hope will start singing "A Hundred Million Miracles." Then there's Sgt. Provo, who before you can say, "There's a snake in my boot," notices that names of every building in country are named after someone who was killed in action. (Gee, guess what happens to him)! Next, a cute Vietnamese boy trying to look like a puppy dog without a tail sees the Hutton character Sgt. Peterson as a father-figure. So, naturally, you know what's going to happen to Hutton.
After saving Vietnamese and fighting off VC attacks, lo' and behold, the reporter played by Michael Jansen says that he's going home to write something different that his editors will not like. (Ya' don't say)! John Wayne is proud of him. And of course, there's the little Vietnamese boy who runs to each returning helicopter to see if his Sgt. Peter "San" has returned. John Wayne goes to talk to him.
There is plenty of shoot-em up action matched by an equal number of dull moments and bad dialogue. John Wayne goes by the code name, Bulldog. That seems about right as this movie is a complete hund.
Avoid this like you would a horseshoe ambush.
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Confronting a Resourceful and Underhanded Enemy "Are those pungie sticks?" "Yeah, those are pungie sticks." answers the Green Beret colonel played by John Wayne. In this memorable scene, the men had just come across a booby trap consisting of a camouflaged pit in which sharpened bamboo stakes, which were often poisoned, had been emplaced. This symbolized the underhandedness of the Communists.
This movie harks back to a time, in the not-so-distant-past, when Hollywood still made movies that supported the US military. It also reminds us of the time when the US was divided into hawks and doves; with John Wayne the hawk par excellence!
Ballad of The Green Berets This movie's one of my favorites of John Wayne. I love it! A little propagandist, but excellent! Watch it now!...more info
Outstanding Movie, This a great movie from 1967 with both John Wayne and Star Trek's own George Takei....more info
The Green Berets DVDs are not anamorphic Neither the 5/22/07 nor the 10/29/97 DVD releases of The Green Berets are anamorphic. The package for the 5/22/07 release says the movie is anamorphic but Warner confirmed that there was an error in labeling the package and that the movie was not anamorphic. Hopefully an anamorphic version will be released soon....more info
Great cast, weak story The common approach to reviews for The Green Berets seems to focus on whether or not the reviewer was in favor of the war and then either praise the movie or condemn it based on that. I thought I'd try something different and review this as a movie without providing an op-ed piece on the war itself.
First off, the cast in this movie is its strong point. John Wayne and David Janssen are the two biggest names but a lot of wonderful character actors provide the movie with a heart and soul that go well beyond what the script provides. Wayne himself gives one of his best performances and Jim Hutton is especially memorable as Sgt. Peterson.
The story first follows Wayne to a US camp set up in Viet Cong (VC) territory. He leads an effort to prepare for an assault that they know will come. The defense of the camp takes up roughly the first two thirds of the movie. Then, with almost no transition, there is a covert mission to kidnap a VC general behind enemy lines. The camp story frankly drags and could have been cut by at least 20 minutes without losing anything. The mission to kidnap the general is really laughable. I'm sorry to say that it's like something a 12 year old would imagine a covert operation to be. Wayne is one of two middle-aged colonels and at least three sergeants go along... all chiefs and no Indians. Special forces missions are run by young, fit men who are the best of the best not by men who primarily sit behind a desk. Since the movie was already running long, it's a bit of a mystery to me why they felt this second story needed to be grafted onto the end like that.
Overall, the Green Berets is not one of Wayne's better movies. I love the cast and they alone do make it watchable, but probably not enjoyable for many. As is also obvious from the other reviews here, there is a strong pro-war sentiment and if that offends you then this will certainly not help your enjoyment of the film. I just wish that a top-notch writer had been employed to improve the script, as the movie would certainly have benefited from it. As it is, I can only recommend it to true fans of the great John Wayne, as they will be more forgiving of the film's obvious flaws....more info
Overlooked facts about this movie and John Wayne In light of America's present situation in Iraq in July,2007, it is quite natural that the Vietnam experience is being viewed in hindsight and films like this are getting a new viewing.
First, this movie is based on a 1964 novel about the Green Berets. When it was released in 1968 in the aftermath of the Tet Offensive(which America won) the American public and its leadership had rejected the overly optimistic outlook and bought the line the war was unwinnable and America should withdraw regardless of what happened to the South Vietnamese. If this was released in 1964, when there were few war critics outside of leftist and Black nationalist circles, it would have accurately reflected this country's view of South Vietnam and the war in 1964.
Second, John Wayne is like many war movie stars. It is a known fact that Charlie Sheen (Platoon), Mel Gibson( When we were Soldiers) Chuck Norris (Missing in Action 1,2and 3) and Sly Stallone (First Blood 1,2 and 3) never served in combat or the military. However, John Wayne did tour South Vietnam with the USO. Movie actors are selected on box office drawing power not their backgrounds. If John Wayne wasn't in this movie, would this be a classic ?
Third, this movie didn't accurately portray the corruption, nepotism, indecisiveness and bad decisions of the South Vietnamese army and its officials (which led to South Vietnam's defeat in 1975). It also didn't show the American killing of civilians (which did not occur regularly until after the big build up began in 1965 and were generally committed by units such as the Americal Division with suffered from bad leadership). What it did show was North Vietnamese troops were active in South Vietnam before 1965 (the left always denies this). their slaughter of civilians in this movie was a glimpse of what they were to do in Hue in 1968 (the left still says the massacre never happened) and in all of South East Asia after 1975.
Finally, John Wayne did do something that wasn't common at the time in military movies, he put a African-American actor (Raymond St. Jacques) in a leading role. Jacques portrayl of Sgt McGhee came accross as very dignified and intelligent. As the medic of the unit, he was ask by Lt. Col. Kirby (Wayne) for advice. Although John Wayne was not known to be a Civil Rights supporter and considered to be a racist by many radical Black circles, the character of Sgt McGhee was a breakthrough in potrayal of African-Americans in the movies.
I watched this movie along with Platoon during my basic training at Fort Dix, N.J. in 1987. The recruits loved it! However, this was during the Reagan era when the cold war was a fact of life. Those supporters and critics should accept this movie for what it is John Wayne's view about a war based on a novel that was written when most of America shared his views on Vietnam....more info
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This is a eye opening movie regarding the Vietnam war. It is an excellent movie. ...more info
Americans will love it...left wingers go elsewhere! My father served two tours in Vietnam and both he and I enjoyed this great John Wayne flick.
The movie focuses on the Special Forces operating in Vietnam. It includes a huge battle at a base camp demonstarting the use of both ground and air forces in coordination, a combat technique employed today. It also features a secreat raid to capture a top VC officer.
The movie shows something not often demonstarted in Oliver Stone and similiar lefties Vietnam movies-the suffering of Vietnamese by the commies and the loyal support of the Montanyards(sp?) to America.
Maybe not 100% accurate but it is 100% American!...more info
John Wayne Should Have Remained an Actor I am awarding "The Green Berets" four stars merely because of its importance to our national debate concerning Vietnam. Other then that, it is aesthetically speaking a mediocre movie. It is definitely not Academy Award material. Was John Wane unable to find suitable investors within the left-wing Hollywood community? Should we assume that the movie was made on a shoe string budget? Whatever, Wayne should not have been so involved in the production. The screen play is mediocre and the direction is about what would expect in a made for TV movie. The actors mouth embarrassing cliches. Even the music score was awful. Am I a leftist who disagrees with Wayne's position on the war? Nope, he and I are on the exact same page. The United States was valiantly trying to save the Vietnamese people from the evil Communists. Unfortunately, our troops were stabbed in the back by the leftist media and it allies.
Watching "The Green Berets" is something of an unpleasant experience. John Wayne obviously meant well. It is sad that this desperately needed movie was not better. It may have made a huge difference in convincing the American people to stay the course.
A Classic for most. After being in country, I just cann't get into this type of movie. My Dad told me when I asked him to go see The Longest Day when it was released that he wasn't interested in seeing the movie after he saw the play. I now understand what he meant. I too saw the play. (My wife says she gives it a 5 star)...more info
John Wayne classic A must have for John Wayne fans. No collection of John Wayne movies is complete without this one. An intense viewpoint of the war in Vietnam and another good performance by Wayne....more info
Malfunction The 1st copy sent stopped at 1 hr., 15 min. The replacement disc did the same.
Although this flick is just short of government propaganda in support of U.S. action in the Republic of Viet Nam, it is destined to be a classic. It does meet or exceed the standards for a "John Wane movie", depicting what our government wanted (or wished) to happen.
(Yes, the poor rating I gave it is based on not being able to watch it in its entirity.)...more info
Hope your DVD is better than ours I purchased this DVD for X-mas and when played it is very dark. It is so dark. We have tried it on different TVs. Hope you get a better copy. Oh yeah the movie is still a classic. ...more info
A movie that shows the truth of Vietnam Many people look at Vietnam as a dark page in American history. They view the government as trying to do shady business and blame the soldiers. They called the soldiers many foul names for acts that they assumed were being done. In one of his last movies, John Wayne made sure people got to see the reality of the conflict that was Vietnam.
This movie is older than most people might like, but all things considered it is a fine film. It is rather straightforward in its point, blame the government all you want for the problems of the war, but not the soldiers. They were doing what they are supposed to do, follow orders which the swore they would. John Wayne slaps the liberal media early and often in this film and reminds the public that what you are told by American newspapers and television reporters nowadays is hardly the whole truth, if the truth at all. Wayne shows that the men who fought and even died in the war were real people, who had people who cared for them, and that the war was more than just our military personnel dressed in uniforms versus theirs. They didn't fight by the West's rules of war. The enemy used women, children, and had no qualms about destroying civilian targets just the same as military. This movie has everything any person with a craving for real history would enjoy....more info
One of the worst One of the worst war movies and one of the worst Vietnam war movies ever. If you want to see a better one made at about the same time, see Burt Lancaster in "Go Tell the Spartans". If you ever wonder about how clueless some people can be about history and world events, this should pretty much explain it....more info
Outstanding piece about life in the trenches in Indochina, or as some call it, Vietnam Filmed in late '66-early '67 but released
in early '68, it includes the outstanding
song by Sgt. Barry Sadler. Watch this then
read Bo Gritz book(s)! Bo REALLY was the
Green Beret Commander this movie was play-
ed out from - but eight movies based rough-
ly on Lt. Col. Gritz starring everyone from
Gene Hackman, to Chuck Norris, to David
Carradine to Sy Stallone played Gritz to
one degree or another in movies like P.O.W-
The Escape, Uncommon Valour, The Missing
In Action and Rambo films!...more info
Unintentionally funny, with one great battle scene This may be the goofiest war movie ever made, an attempt to do a WWII-style flag waver smack in the middle of the Vietnam War. Simplistic and cliched beyond words, badly directed and acted, the central part of the picture is, nevertheless, worth the price of admission. A long, sustained night attack on a firebase is memorably staged and shot. Seems a little clunky now, but no one had ever seen anything like this when the movie came out. The rest is laughable, especially the mistakes: Wayne parachuting out of plane without hooking up; smashing what is obviously a Mattel toy M-16 against a tree (see the curved "magazine"?); and, of course, the classic ending where the Sun sets in the East....more info
What? I can't believe how many great reviews this horrible film got. The acting is laughable as is the writing. There are also many mistakes and inaccuracies! They depict the heroes as perfection and the enemy as monkeys. Real life isn't like that. I guess just because this movie is pro-war people automatically back it up. But this is the worst movie I have ever seen. ...more info
wayne goes to "nam" i admit that there is a lot of problems with the politics of this movie but really it's just john wayne fighting world war II again only in nam.once you understand that and get past it this is a very good war movie.only wayne could have gotten a movie about nam made in 1968 and he got support from the army.so forget all the hype and problems and settle in and watch this old fashion war film and enjoy....more info