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Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

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Critic Consensus: A well-calibrated blend of manic comedy and poignant drama, Good Morning, Vietnam offers a captivating look at a wide range of Robin Williams' cinematic gifts.

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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 superior Lt. Hauk (Bruno Kirby), whose own notions of humor are puerile and pathetic, jealously attempts to dethrone Vietnam's favorite rock jock. Fortunately, Cronauer's popularity is such that he enjoys the full protection of the higher-ups. But when Cronauer, after experiencing the horrors of war first-hand, insists upon telling his listeners the truth instead of the official government line, he is instantly replaced by the unfunny Hauk and must struggle to get back on the air.

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Cast

Robin Williams
as Adrian Cronauer
Forest Whitaker
as Edward Garlick
Bruno Kirby
as Lt. Steven Hauk
J.T. Walsh
as Sgt. Major Dickerson
Robert Wuhl
as Marty Lee Dreiwitz
Noble Willingham
as Gen. Taylor
Richard Edson
as Pvt. Abersold
Juney Smith
as Phil McPherson, Radio Engineer
Richard Portnow
as Dan `The Man' Levitan
Floyd Vivino
as Eddie Kirk
Cu Ba Nguyen
as Jimmy Wah, saloon owner
James McIntire
as Sergeants at Jimmy Wah's
Peter Mackenzie
as Sergeants at Jimmy Wah's
Don Stanton
as Censor #2
Tim O'Hare
as Convoy Soldier
John Goyer
as Convoy Soldier
Louis Hood
as Convoy Soldier
Christopher Mangan
as Convoy Soldier
Kenneth Pitochelli
as Convoy Soldier
Jonathan MacLeod
as Convoy Soldier
Greg Knight
as Convoy Soldier
Ralph Tabakin
as Chaplain Noel
Sangad Sangkao
as Viet Cong Leaders in Jungle
Vanlap Sangkao
as Viet Cong Leaders in Jungle
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Critic Reviews for Good Morning, Vietnam

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (5)

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…

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…

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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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…

Robin Williams was finally given a showcase for his extraordinary improvisational skills in this, the first comedy set in Vietnam.

July 26, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film is distinctive for being Hollywood's first Vietnam comedy and among the first movies to treat the Vietnamese themselves as real people.

July 26, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Good Morning, Vietnam

Robin Williams is excellent, making the most of his improvisation skills and ad-libbing every one of those funny broadcasts (though his frenetic sense of humor may not be for everyone), and it is a great thing that the movie has a lot of heart and understands the complexity of that conflict.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Robin Williams is the heart and soul of everything this film is, finding a perfect balance between his frantic comedy and weighted dramatics. If you're going to watch 'Good Morning Vietnam', you're going to watch it for Robin Williams and Robin Williams alone.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

Playing with your emotions until the very end, "Good Morning, Vietnam" is the type of film that will have you thinking a certain way about something until it is completey turned around into something different. Beginning as a comedy about a DJ who has come to Vietnam to run a radio station in hopes to lighten the mood of Troops in the war and to give a quirky version of the serious news to people around the country. Although it is the reason he is brought in, it may also be the reason they want him to leave. One thing leads to another and the film does a total 180, turning into an all out drama where Robin Williams gives one of his best performances ever. Extremely well-written, well-directed, and superbly acted by everyone, "Good Morning, Vietnam" is easily one of the best films I've ever seen Robin Williams in.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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