Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

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Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
  • Time: 119 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | War
  • Director: Barry Levinson
  • Cast: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran

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.

3 reviews

  • “Good Morning, Vietnam” is one of the best movies Robin Williams has made. It’s funny, unpretentious, has some real drama without being too heavy, and it brings home some nice open values.

    Williams’ acting is excellent, displaying all of the above qualities, and it will transport you easily into his world. You’ll laugh and you’ll be touch, even though you might not be able to understand everything he says.

    It’s a very different view point of the Vietnam War, and just that makes the whole film very interesting. It’s a must see, even if you don’t like movies on that particular subject, because the split between the personal angle and the conflict angle is about even.

  • With the exception of Apocalypse Now, Good Morning, Vietnam is possibly the best Hollywood movie about the Vietnam War. Although it doesn’t really have a lot of war in it, it captures the feelings of the country (especially the people of Vietnam) during the war. It is also the first time in a movie that Robin Williams played a character that was closer to his stand-up persona. Indeed, a lot of his dialogue is lifted straight from his stand-up.

    Adrian Cronauer (Williams) has been stationed in Saigon to become a new DJ at a radio station for the troops. Cronauer is immediately seen as subversive by his superiors, but is liked by both his fellow DJs and the troops in the field. He also falls for Trinh (Chintara Sukapatana) and meets her brother Tuan (Tung Thanh Tran).

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  • Good Morning, Vietnam is inspired by Adrian Cronauer, an innovative disc jockey, who is portrayed by Robin Williams (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb). He is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam, however his unorthodox style starts to ruffle feathers from the higher-ups. Robin Williams tragically passed away on the 11th August 2014, at the age of 63.

    Goooooooooooooood Moooooooooooooooorning, Vietnam! Just Robin Williams’ mere presence really makes this a much more entertaining film than it should have been. With so many classic war films out there, who would have thought there would ever be one about a DJ? If anyone else was cast in this role, I just couldn’t see this ever being the huge hit it was. The way he’s able to pour all of this comedic genius (which most of it was improvised) is just mesmerizing, personally I would have listened to his radio station.

    Of course Good Morning, Vietnam was not without its faults, Adrian Cronauer personally came out and stated that ‘if he’d done half the things Williams did in the film, he would’ve been…
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