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Good Morning, Vietnam

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

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80

Average Rating: 9/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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81

liked it
Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 128,743

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Movie Info

The film begins in 1965, when disc jockey Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) is assigned to take over the AFR's Saigon radio broadcasts. In contrast to the dull, by-rote announcers that have preceded him, Cronauer is a bundle of dynamite, heralding each broadcast with a loud "Goooooood morning, Vietnaaaaam," playing whatever records tickle his fancy (even those not officially sanctioned by his hidebound superiors), and indulging in wild flights of improvisational fancy. Cronauer's immediate

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Drama, Comedy

Mitch Markowitz

Nov 10, 1998

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (4) | DVD (25)

From the start, the film bowls you over with excitement and for those who can latch on, it's a nonstop ride.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Offering only hackneyed insights into the war, the film makes for stodgy drama. But Williams' manic monologues behind the mike are worth anybody's money.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Make no mistake about it: Mr. Williams's performance, though it's full of uproarious comedy, is the work of an accomplished actor. ''Good Morning, Vietnam'' is one man's tour de force.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It hardly delivers on the promise of giving us the pure, undiluted Williams -- Williams at his best. What's more, it's not even close to being his best movie. It's not even close to being good.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Good Morning, Vietnam proved that Robin Williams could act and be hilariously funny in the same film.

January 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Robin Williams at his scatalogical finest.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Levinson serio-comedy about Vietnam is first and foremost a star vehicle for comedian Robin Williams, who gives a manic, highly-charged performance as the real-life dj Adrian Cronauer in the early years of the War.

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A perfect showcase for Robin Williams.

February 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

Good Morning Vietnam remains one of my favorite films about the Vietnam war because of its comedic take and ability to slip into real drama when needed.

February 19, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

a story about a mere class clown becoming a man at the gates of Hell.

February 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

If you haven't seen this one in a while, definitely consider picking it up again. I think it's a better film today than it was 18 years ago.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

When Williams is on, the movie can be fairly funny; when he's not, it's too somber for its own good.

January 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (2)
Movie Metropolis

Wildly overrated whitewashed biopic.

August 27, 2003 | Comments (4)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Somewhat preachy, but perfect blend of Williams' comedy and drama.

August 13, 2003
About.com

Robin Williams found his perfect role in this Vietnam comedy/drama.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Acomedy about life in the military that has more on its mind than just laughs.

July 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Williams is amazing.

February 7, 2003
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

Its success hinges directly on your ability to handle large amounts of Robin Williams.

December 4, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Robin Williams's best ever film. Comedy, Action....a little bit of everything, for everyone.

September 19, 2002
Moviehole

Audience Reviews for Good Morning, Vietnam

'Goooooooood morning Vietnam! It's 0600 hours. What does the "O" stand for? O my God, it's early!'

Ah back in the day there was a steady stream of Nam war flicks that would produce great performances, great visuals, heavy emotion and eloquent musical scores, this film isn't exactly one of those films. But like all Nam films this too is actually based on true events, the true life events of one Adrian Cronauer, not exactly of course.

The films story isn't actually all that original really, it reads more like something of a tacky kids flick, an underdog story or 'Sgt Bilko'. Robin Williams play Cronauer, an Airman and DJ brought over to Saigon (65) to work for the US armed forces on their radio station. Of course up to this point the radio service has been stuffy, dull and pretty uninspiring, but not for long. Cronauer explodes on the air with his own brand of crazy, wacky in your face humour that very quickly upsets his superiors. From here on the film merely shows the battles between Cronauer and his officers and the depths they go to to try get him off the air for good.

If ever a film were a vehicle for someone this is it, Williams burst onto the air in the story and burst onto the scene in Hollywood with his performance. Despite the fact that I don't really enjoy watching Williams that much or his style of comedy, you can't deny the tour de force on show here. His continuous verbal assaults make you weary, its amazing how he can go on and on never seeming to run dry. In all honesty much of the humour within the film isn't all that funny really, for me it just gives you an idea of what the characters aim was, some of the dialog and jokes are pretty dated now too. There are some bits of dialog that make you laugh, some that are impressive simply because of the speed Williams relays them, but overall I got tired of listening to him.

'Talkin' out in the field. Hi, what's your name?' 'My name's Bob Fliber!' 'Bob, what do you do?' 'I'm in artillery!' 'Thank you, Bob. Can we play anything for you?' 'Anything! Just play it loud, OK?!'

As said the plot is very basic but delivers obvious good morals from Williams character, his companions and the whole idea of trying to provide the truth instead of deception. I'm unsure how much of this film is genuinely truthful as Cronauer is most definitely the perfect superhero. He falls for a local woman, befriends the locals and stands up for the locals against bigotry from US troops, pretty much an all round freedom fighter of justice. Nothing wrong with that of course but it does seem a bit over fabricated, did all this really happen? was Cronauer really involved that much? did he really go against his superiors to the point of disobeying rather important protocols?. A bit of movie magic artistic license methinks.

To be honest I found Bruno Kirby's performance as Second Lieutenant 'Steven Hauk' just as good if not better than Williams. This is a guy who believes he is funny and naturally is not...of course. His idea of humour is dated within the film, a kind of old panto/stand up style, but the cringing way he attempts his particular brand of comedy is hilarious and extremely awkward to watch it really is. His character is the typical bickering, snivelling, slimy jobsworth that runs to his superior for backup and assistance when the grunts ignore him showing no respect for rank, classic stuff.

Really the film is a bit thin on the ground, there isn't really any conflict action, no real tissue inducing emotional moments, no stunning panoramic views of the countryside and not much of a military aspect at all really. The entire film merely revolves around Williams, his loony antics on air, a brief uninteresting love interest and squabbling with T.J Walsh (admittedly amusing). A constant barrage of his wailing voice that does begin to grate over time, it also shows Williams not to be a good actor for period based war flicks.

Bottom line the basic ideals of Cronauer are brought across successfully. You do get behind him, you do empathize with him and you do get a boost when he sticks it to the man (his superiors) and rebels against orders. So yes the film is a feel good factor flick and it does work in that sense. You do also get a glimpse of the senselessness of war and how just a little laughter can release so much hope and joy to the young men being sent into battle and an unknown fate. A powerful realisation for Williams character and probably the strongest sequence in the film.

The visuals are effective and capture the mood of the time, if a bit limited, and the soundtrack like most Nam flicks is excellent. The little montages set alongside the music tracks are always good fun to watch. Whether the film is realistic or not, I'd say it is in places but more of a gentle approach, not much death n destruction here people, not that kind of Nam flick.

Its an interesting idea to look at military radio during conflicts, and making a comedy is an even bolder move surrounding that idea. Its just the whole amusing concept dies quite quickly and can't really maintain the full run time. The finale is clearly suppose to be a bit of a twist and emotional but it doesn't really work, its also obvious. If you like Nam films then you may like this, I'm not sure, if you're not a Williams fan then definitely no. Of course if you like Williams then its Christmas time for you Sir.
July 14, 2013
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Loosely based on actual people and events, this is the story of Airman Adrian Cronauer, a radio DJ who, in 1965, turned the Armed Forces Radio network- Saigon on its ear with his wild and irreverent style and brand of humor.

The film isn't 100% original, and it really strays from the truth, but it is still a very effective dramedy that is well acted and very entertaining.

Robin Williams is a perfect fit here for Cronauer, and he really does give an inspired performance that features tons of his trademark improvisational skills, as well as shades of his more dramatic side. Besides being a hit with the troops, and a thorn in the side of his superiors, Cronauer really gets in the thick of the Vietnam War, and learns some valuable life lessons as a result.

The film thankfully isn't too preachy, and the notable supporting cast is pretty top notch too, with my favorites being Forest Whitaker and Robert Wuhl. The music is great, the film is pretty well shot, and it's not boring, despite being somewhat on the nose.

The main issues I have is how loosely adapted it is, and the fact that the film is really unbalanced as far as the tone is concerned, the fact that the film is quite awkwardly sequenced at times.

Overall, this is a good and engaging movie, so, despite the flaws, give it a watch.
January 2, 2013
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

What you have with Good Morning Vietnam is a comedy set amidst the Vietnam war. The film emphasizes on comedy, but also has great bits of drama, just to refresh the audiences memory that despite the fact it's funny, it is set against a backdrop of a very controversial war. Starring Robin Williams in the role of Adrian Cronauer, Cronauer is sent to Saigon, Vietnam to host Saigon radio broadcasts. Cronauer quickly built morale with his dynamite broadcasts. Good Morning Vietnam is a well crafted film that is just as funny, as it is dramatic. Robin Williams is excellent in his role, and it's hard to picture someone else in the role. I love the combination of dramatic elements with the comedy. Director Barry Levinson directs a great cast of talented actors and they all deliver great, memorable performances. Good Morning Vietnam uses it's dramatic elements to remind the viewer about the seriousness of it's story. After all, the film is set during the Vietnam war, and what the film does so well is show the horrors of war at the same being funny. At the time of it's release, doing a comedy set during the Vietnam war wasn't a popular idea for a film. But it works, and Levinson found the balance for both elements in one film. This is a great film that is a must see for fans of war fillms as well as people who enjoy comedies.
July 5, 2011
TheDudeLebowski65
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

    1. Lt. Steven Hauk: Sir, in my heart I know I'm funny.
    – Submitted by Stefano M (9 months ago)
    1. Adrian Cronauer: It's gonna be hot and wet! That's nice if you're with a lady, but it ain't no good if you're in the jungle.
    – Submitted by Marina N (16 months ago)
    1. Adrian Cronauer: What's the difference between the Cub scouts & the Army? EEEERRRRRRRRRRRRNNNNNT! Cub Scouts don't have heavy artillery.
    – Submitted by Christopher G (2 years ago)
    1. Adrian Cronauer: Where ya from?
    2. Convoy Soldier: I'm from Cleveland!
    3. Adrian Cronauer: Oh, really? So,Viet-nam's not that big a change for ya?
    – Submitted by Christopher G (2 years ago)
    1. Marty Lee Dreiwitz: [to French-Vietnamese bar girl] Hi, I'm William Holden...
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Edward Garlick: No, Phil, he's not all right. A man does not refer to Pat Boone as a beautiful genius if things are all right.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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