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The Green Berets (1968)




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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, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: James Lee Barrett, Robin Moore
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On DVD: Oct 30, 1997
Warner Home Video


John Wayne
as Col. Mike Kirby
David Janssen
as George Beckworth
Jim Hutton
as Sgt. Petersen
Aldo Ray
as Sgt. Muldoon
Bruce Cabot
as Col. Morgan
Luke Askew
as Sgt. Provo
Jack Soo
as Colonel Cai
George Takei
as Capt. Nim
Patrick Wayne
as Lt. Jamison
Edward Faulkner
as Capt. MacDaniels
Jason Evers
as Capt. Coleman
Mike Henry (I)
as Sgt. Kowalski
Craig Jue
as Hamchunk
Chuck Roberson
as Sgt. Griffin
Eddy Donno
as Sgt. Watson
Rudy Robins
as Sgt. Parks
Bach Yen
as Vietnamese Singer
Frank Koomen
as Lt. Sachs
William Olds
as Gen. Phan Son Ti
Yodying Apibal
as ARVN Soldier
Chuck Bail
as Sgt. Lark
Vincent Cadiente
as Viet Cong Soldier
William Shannon
as Sgt. White
Mike Henry
as Sgt. Kowalski
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Critic Reviews for The Green Berets

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

"The Green Berets" simply will not do as a film about the war in Vietnam. It is offensive not only to those who oppose American policy but even to those who support it.

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

John Wayne fans - particularly the fans of his war films - will like this movie for the chance to see him mix it up with heavy artillery.

Full Review… | July 21, 2012
7M Pictures

One of the first movies about Vietnam is also one of the weakest and most preposterous right-wing agit-prop

Full Review… | March 4, 2011

...politics aside, the film is simply overlong and boring, which are among the greatest sins any movie can commit.

Full Review… | January 4, 2010
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for The Green Berets


Exciting and enjoyable action with the heroes of soldiers of Special Forces that John Wayne stars and co-directed this red-white-and-blue depiction of America's Vietnam effort. It is better than its reputation would suggest.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


I'm a huge John Wayne fan but this (IMO) is his worst film. This one plays like a government produced propaganda piece.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Apparently, the average age of soldiers fighting in Vietnam was not 19, it was more like 48 (apart from the indigenous cannon fodder of course), and Vietnam is actually a dead ringer for a wooded area in Wisconsin. This kind of flag-waving revisionism is tasteless at the best of times, but considering the circumstances of this particular conflict it's positively offensive.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

The Green Berets Quotes

Col. Mike Kirby: Out here, due process is a bullet.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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