The Green Berets

1968, War, 2h 21m

13 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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A cynical reporter (David Janssen) who is opposed to the Vietnam War is sent to cover the conflict and assigned to tag along with a group of Green Berets. Led by the tough-as-nails Col. Mike Kirby (John Wayne), the team is given a top-secret mission to sneak behind enemy lines and kidnap an important Viet Cong commander. Along the way, the reporter learns to respect why America is involved in the war and helps to save the life of a war orphan whose life has been destroyed by the conflict.

Cast & Crew

John Wayne
Col. Mike Kirby
David Janssen
George Beckworth
Jim Hutton
Sgt. Petersen
Aldo Ray
Sgt. Muldoon
Bruce Cabot
Col. Morgan
Jack Soo
Col. Cai
Patrick Wayne
Lt. Jamison
Luke Askew
Sgt. Provo
Edward Faulkner
Capt. MacDaniel
Jason Evers
Capt. Coleman
Mike Henry
Sgt. Kowalski
Miklós Rózsa
Original Music
Winton C. Hoch
Cinematographer
Otho Lovering
Film Editor
Walter M. Simonds
Production Design
Ray Moyer
Set Decoration
Jerry Alpert
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for The Green Berets

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (10)

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  • Sep 13, 2011
    Don't get me wrong, I'm a sucker for John Wayne but this is probably one of his worst films and one that is purely a propaganda piece for the Vietnam War. The film is strictly a propaganda film and reinforces it multiple times with countless jabs at not going to war, a reluctive newsman who is of course won over after going with the Green Berets, and emphasis focused upon each Green Berets death. Taken as an action film, The Green Berets has some decent action sequences but a poorly written screenplay and some overly melodramatic scenes involving a young Vietnamese boy, further pushing the political point home, who afer losing his newly acquired American friend is taken care of by John Wayne's character.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2009
    I'm a huge John Wayne fan but this (IMO) is his worst film. This one plays like a government produced propaganda piece.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2007
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2007
    Nobody loves John Wayne more than me, but this one preaches a little too hard. Pro-War propaganda.
    Kevin S Super Reviewer

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