The Green Berets [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]
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GREEN BERETS - Blu-Ray Movie
Anyone who fought in Vietnam can tell you that the war bore little resemblance to this propagandistic action film starring and codirected by John Wayne. But the film itself is not nearly as bad as its reputation would suggest; critics roasted its gung-ho politics while ignoring its merits as an exciting (if rather conventional and idealistic) war movie. Some notorious mistakes were made--in the final shot, the sun sets in the east!--and it's an awkward attempt to graft WWII heroics onto the Vietnam experience. But as the Duke's attempt to acknowledge the men who were fighting and dying overseas, it's a rousing film in which Wayne commands a regiment on a mission to kidnap a Viet Cong general. David Janssen plays a journalist who learns to understand Wayne's commitment to battling Communism, and Jim Hutton (Timothy's dad) plays an ill-fated soldier who adopts a Vietnamese orphan. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you are reading this you probably know the story of the movie.
John Wayne's Col. Kirby and his elite Special Forces "A" Team (no, not the one with Hannibal and Face and B.A. Barracus)is sent to Vietnam to establish base camps which offer protection to the local farmers from the murderous Viet Cong (whose crimes against their own people are well documented here).Read more ›
Nevertheless, while the Duke may have had his heart in the right place for making THE GREEN BERETS, he unfortunately let that blind patriotism and his politics get the best of him. This attempt at stirring up patriotic support for our guys in Vietnam comes across as not merely politically and historically phony but painfully corny. Wayne likes to think that Vietnam was like World War II--which, of course, was painfully wrong (even more so because he didn't even FIGHT in WW II). He wants us to believe that the VC and the NVA could be picked off like ducks in a shooting gallery, when that assumption in fact didn't even come close. And the sentimental scenes involving his dead comrades and a Vietnamese orphan resonate still today, not for how touching they were (because they're not) but because of how utterly sappy they are.
Reportedly, when this film was shown to the troops in Vietnam, many of them either laughed their heads off at Wayne's well-intentioned but utter phoniness or fired their M-16s at the screen. I've talked to several Vietnam vets who saw the film--none of them, and I do mean NONE OF THEM, thought it was accurate in the least. Beyond its politics and its historical inaccuracies, it is cinematically phony as well, with the "sunset in the East" final shot being the real capper.
Later films like PLATOON and FULL METAL JACKET showed a far more accurate and complex vision of our Vietnam experience as being about young men who were put in a hellhole and were not able to find any way out. That is what Vietnam was all about, not this simplistic, jingoistic propaganda feast. THE GREEN BERETS may be watchable for laughs (most of which would be unintentional), but that's all it's watchable for!
Unfortunately, the anti-war films that followed it also seemed to take place in some alternate dimension. Evil Imperialist Americans deliberately napalm-bombing the Poor Vietnamese Peasants while American Boys got Killed in Large Quantities For Nothing.
Fellow Americans, lets encourage Hollywood to at least once, try and depict the conflict in Indo-China as it really was.
If you want the real story of what happened in Vietnam, read "The Winter Soldier Investigation", published in 1971 by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. In it you'll read true accounts, by soldiers who were there, of atrocities committed by American troops in the name of "freedom". They set the record straight. This film deserves to be soundly condemned for its defense of our role in the Vietman War, the likes of which we had better pray will never be repeated.
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An impressive,dramatic war movie.
Note ! Starring George Takei of the TV series "Star Trek."
IT WAS MY ONLY100' S TIME WATCHING IT BUT THIS TIME IN BLUERAPublished 5 months ago by Sheila Cowan Lahache
John Wayne plays a leader of a Special Forces in Vietnam, it shows some of the problems that the soldiers faced during their tour of duty.Published 5 months ago by David Shoup
I have always enjoyed watching John Wayne and this movie is no exception.Published 6 months ago by Fraser
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