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
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    Throughout his whole career, Robin Williams was known as the guy who could carry a film simply by being a part of it. Good Morning, Vietnam is once again an example of this extreme talent. Not all of Williams' films were great, and as was the case with Dead Poets Society, when you break down Good Morning, Vietnam to the basics, it's simply a story about a raunchy radio DJ pissing off his superiors. The story isn't very deep and there isn't much to go out aside from an out of this world performance by the late Robin Williams. In this film, Williams portrays armed forced radio DJ, Adrian Cronauer, who in 1965, took a job with the Army as a radio host. In the 60s there was no satellite radio or TV at the touch of a button, so stations like this were the mens only connection to home. Most of the time these stations played soothing music and gave the news, but Cronauer gave the men something they desperately needed, some humor in an otherwise terrible situation. He was definitely one of the first shock jocks to ever hit the airwaves and Williams portrayal was absolutely terrific. Much of the radio bits featured in the films were never written in any script, as Williams simply went up to the microphone and did what he does. The rest of the story is unfortunately not as interesting, featuring Cronauer befriending the local populations and falling for a young Vietnamese woman. Good Morning, Vietnam is another one of Williams films that you must see simply because it was one of the best performances ever recorded on film. In all honesty, without Williams, this film would have fallen flat on it's face. This is why, films like this would pay Williams to come in and do his thing, because he took films like this one from ordinary to extraordinary.moreless

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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