Good Morning, Vietnam

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Touchstone Pictures Released 1988

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Director:
Barry Levinson
Released:
1988
Rating:
R
Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1965 film based on the story of Adrian Cronauer, a United States Air Force sergeant and radio persona who served during the Vietnam War. The film was written by Mitch Markowitz (Buffalo Bill, Monk) and directed by Barry Levinson (The Natural, Rain Man). Second Lieutenant Steven Hauk (Bruno Kirby) and Sergeant Major Dickerson (J. T. Walsh) have no idea what they're in for when they enlist Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) as the new DJ and radio host for the AFRS (Armed Forces Radio Service) in Saigon. Unlike his predecessors, Cronauer is loud, improvisational, and plays whatever comes to mind. He is immediately liked by everyone, save for his superiors, Lt. Hauk and Sgt. Dickerson who claim his act is childlike and insensitive. Cronauer sits comfortably in his position despite Hauk's numerous efforts to get him kicked off the air. But when Cronauer decides to reveal several truths and atrocities behind the war, he is replaced by Hauk. He must fight to reclaim his position as number one DJ. Robin Williams delivers an exceptional performance, one which earned him a Golden Globe Award. Good Morning, Vietnam was also listed on AFI's 100 Years'100 Laughs list.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Good Morning, Vietnam works as straight comedy and as a Vietnam-era MASH, and even the movie's love story has its own bittersweet integrity.

  • 75

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    All the film's energy, and most of its appeal, lie in the scenes in which Williams is talking to his audience, the most singular captive audience in Top 40 history. These moments d...

  • 75

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    The first comedy about that war, Good Morning, Vietnam manages to be uproariously funny without ignoring or trivializing the tragedy. It's awkwardly contrived here and there, espec...

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Comedy, Drama

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celebrity impersonations, in heat of battle, power to the people, social issues, feel good comedy