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The Green Berets (17-Jun-1968)

Directors: John Wayne; Ray Kellogg

Writer: James Lee Barrett

From novel: The Green Berets by Robin Moore

Music by: Miklos Rozsa

Producer: Michael Wayne

Keywords: Action/Adventure, Vietnam War

Two stories: In the first part, base camp "Dodge City" trains ARVN officers and suffers attack from the Vietcong. The second part, unrelated to the first, has a team of Green Berets parachute behind enemy lines and capture a Vietcong general. The only film about this war told from a pro-war perspective. Released in Summer 1968 at the height of the controversy regarding the war; months earlier the Tet Offensive had begun, and in mid-March the My Lai Massacre occurred, though the courts martial for that did not begin until 1970.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Luke Askew
Actor
26-Mar-1932 29-Mar-2012 Easy Rider
Bruce Cabot
Actor
20-Apr-1904 3-May-1972 Saved Fay Wray from King Kong
Jason Evers
Actor
2-Jan-1922 13-Mar-2005 The Brain That Wouldn't Die
Mike Henry
Football
15-Aug-1936   Tarzan, 1966-68
Jim Hutton
Actor
31-May-1934 2-Jun-1979 Ellery Queen
David Janssen
Actor
27-Mar-1931 13-Feb-1980 The Fugitive
Aldo Ray
Actor
25-Sep-1926 27-Mar-1991 The Green Berets
Jack Soo
Actor
28-Oct-1916 11-Jan-1979 Det. Yemana on Barney Miller
Raymond St. Jacques
Actor
1-Mar-1930 27-Aug-1990 Cotton Comes to Harlem
George Takei
Actor
20-Apr-1937   Sulu on Star Trek
John Wayne
Actor
26-May-1907 11-Jun-1979 The Duke
Patrick Wayne
Actor
15-Jul-1939   Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

CAST

Starring
John Wayne   ...   Col. Mike Kirby
David Janssen   ...   George Beckworth
Jim Hutton   ...   Sgt. Petersen
Co-Starring
Aldo Ray   ...   Sgt. Muldoon
Raymond St. Jacques   ...   Doc McGee
Bruce Cabot   ...   Col. Morgan
Jack Soo   ...   Col. Cai
George Takei   ...   Capt. Nim
Patrick Wayne   ...   Lt. Jamison
Luke Askew   ...   Sgt. Provo
Irene Tsu   ...   Lin
with
Edward Faulkner   ...   Capt. MacDaniels
Jason Evers   ...   Capt. Coleman
Mike Henry   ...   Sgt. Kowalski
Craig Jue   ...   Hamchunk
Chuck Roberson   ...   Sgt. Griffin
Eddy Donno   ...   Sgt. Watson
Rudy Robbins   ...   Sgt. Parks
Richard "Cactus" Pryor   ...   Collier

REVIEWS

Review by Lyn Anderson (posted on 5-Jul-2007)

Even though it was not considered a great film in its day, this film was the beginning of bringing about serious reflection of our involvement in Viet Nam. If you notice, it never depicts victory, but repetition, which is what Viet Nam was about. Lost a brother in the Marines in Viet Nam one year before this film was produced, Jim Hutton's part is very similar to my brother's job in the Marines, supply officer. The military slap-stick humor along with the seriousness of the day gives this film its great rating as a cause for reflection and real life as it was for those of us who lived through the Viet Nam war. My hat is off to John Wayne who produced this film, Jim Hutton, and the great participants in this film, who, unfortunately, most are gone now. However, their contribution to bring about awareness lives on. It definitely preserves a part of the American history, people, and culture of that time for generations to come.


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