Good Morning Vietnam – Barry Levinson (1987)

Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 American comedy-drama war film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Barry Levinson. Set in Saigon in 1965, during the Vietnam War, the film stars Robin Williams as a radio DJ on Armed Forces Radio Service, who proves hugely popular with the troops, but infuriates his superiors with what they call his ‘irreverent tendency’. The story is loosely based on the experiences of AFRS radio DJ Adrian Cronauer. Most of Williams’ radio broadcasts were improvised. … In 1965, Airman First Class Adrian Cronauer arrives in Saigon to work as a DJ for Armed Forces Radio Service. He is taken to the Army base by PFC Edward Garlick where his attitude and demeanor contrasts sharply with many staff members. His show consists of reading strictly censored news and irreverent humor segments mixed with rock and roll music, which is frowned upon by his superiors, Second Lieutenant Steven Hauk and Sergeant Major Phillip Dickerson. Hauk adheres to strict Army guidelines in terms of humor and music programming while Dickerson is generally abusive to all enlisted men. However, Brigadier General Taylor and the other DJs quickly grow to like Cronauer and his brand of comedy. Cronauer follows Trinh, a Vietnamese girl, to an English class; after bribing the teacher to let him take over, Cronauer instructs the students in American slang. Once class is dismissed, he tries to talk to Trinh but is stopped by her brother Tuan; realizing the futility of pursuing her, Cronauer instead befriends Tuan and takes him to Jimmy Wah’s, a local GI bar. Two soldiers, angered at Tuan’s presence, initiate a confrontation that escalates into a brawl. … The film received outstanding reviews from film critics. Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel of the review show Siskel and Ebert awarded the film ‘Two Thumbs Up’, with Ebert giving the film a four out of four star review in the Chicago Sun-Times. … Vincent Canby of The New York Times called the film a cinematic ‘tour de force’ and described Williams’ performance as ‘the work of an accomplished actor’. … The film was not without its detractors, however. Hal Hinson of The Washington Post, for example, notably gave the film a negative review. While praising Williams, he felt the film was ‘compulsory and condescending’, and that the film was merely ‘a Robin Williams concert movie welded clumsily onto the plot from an old Danny Kaye picture.’ …”
History: Good Morning, Vietnam
YouTube: Good Morning Vietnam Best Scenes

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