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The Grene Berets

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1968 film with John Wayne

The Green Berets is a 1968 American war film featuring John Wayne, George Takei, David Janssen, Jim Hutton and Aldo Ray, nominally based on the eponymous 1965 book by Robin Moore, though the screenplay has little relation to the book. Thematically, … see full wiki

Genre: Action, War
Release Date: 1968
1 review about The Grene Berets

Fighting soldiers through and through

  • Oct 9, 2012
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"The Green Berets" is a 1968 film based on the book of the same title, written by Robin Moore.

Moore trained with the Green Berets prior to writing his novel to have it be more realistic.

The movie begins as soldiers are training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. There is an anti-war sentiment that is spreading in the United States and David Janssen is the character George Beckworth who is skeptical about our involvement and shares the sentiments of many people that this is a war that should be fought between North and South Vietnam.

John Wayne is Col. Mike Kirby, he confronts Beckworth and asks if he had ever been to Vietnam.

As the new unit reaches Vietnam under Col. Kirkby, he's told of the fire camps that the Green Berets are building in country to stop the Viet Cong.

As the men arrive, Sgt. Peterson (Hutton) makes contact with a war orphan, Hamchuck, who takes to him like a father.

The outpost battles the Viet Cong and Col. Kirkby and his men attempt to strengthen the outpost and to make friends with neighboring Montagnards who are being mistreated by the Cong.

The story is nicely told and concludes with the build up and preparation of the North Vietnamese are planning a major offensive. The commanding general of North Vietnamese forces is known and Col. Kirkby and a unit set out to capture the general in order to interrogate him.

This is a nice movie with good special effects of the bomb explosions, the setting of the land, the beauty of Vietnam and a review of the philosophy of fighting the war.

Recommended.

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