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The Green Berets (1968)

Cast: Rudy Robbins, Rudy Robbins, John Wayne, more...
Director: Ray Kellogg, Ray Kellogg, John Wayne, more...
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: War
Running Time: 142 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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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. ~ Dan Pavlides, All Movie Guide

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Emotional & Heartfelt Tale of Viet Nam by JMVerville October 19, 2004 - 7:40 AM PDT
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A lot of the films that we see based on Viet Nam are sometimes very left-leaning and take an anti-war approach, viewing it as a great tragedy; however, this particular film is unique because it is more of a right-wing view of the war and the reasons behind it. I felt that this offered a breath of fresh air when it comes to the viewing of film, and the war in general. It presented a very interesting, emotional, and heartfelt view of the Viet Nam war from the perspective of a Green Beret played by legendary action film star, John Wayne, as well as a young Vietnamese boy. Their tragic tale is one that perhaps characterizes the hope of many of the people's views that were left of the war in 1968, and also the rationale for the event; I felt that this film truly can give one more of a unique perspective due to the year that it was made and the sentiments embodied by it.

The blunt-force emotion of the film's basis combined with the very fitting soundtrack (featuring Sgt. Barry Saddler's song by the same name) is a great film for any patriotic person to see. However, I would recommend this film to anyone because of the informative view it often takes of the war (informative in a sense that some of the ideas presented in the film are not the ones that you were taught). The scenes where John Wayne is speaking with an agent of the press about the war are particularly informative and an interesting take on the issue.

With a heart-breaking story and an interesting political twist thrown on it, and a terrific role that was truly scripted for John Wayne and well executed, it is a good film for anyone to see.

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