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The Grene Berets

1968 film with John Wayne

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Fighting soldiers through and through

  • Oct 9, 2012


"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.


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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, The Green Berets is strongly anti-communist and pro-Saigon. It was produced in 1968, at the height of American involvement in the Vietnam War, the same year as the Tet offensive against the largest cities in South Vietnam. John Wayne was prompted by the anti-war atmosphere and social discontent in the U.S. to make this film in countering that. He requested and obtained full military co-operation and matériel from President Johnson. To please the Pentagon who were attempting to prosecute Robin Moore for revealing classified information, Wayne bought Moore out for $35,000 and 5 percent of undefined profits of the film.[
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Genre: Action, War
Release Date: 1968

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