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Good Morning, Vietnam

Published September 7, 2019

Good Morning, Vietnam

Film info

  • Title Good Morning, Vietnam
  • Director Barry Levinson
  • Year 1987
  • Run time 2hrs 1m
  • Genres Drama, Comedy, War
  • Tagline Time to rock it from the delta to the DMZ

Life in the Army will never be the same after an unforgettable wake up call from Academy Award winner Robin Williams in this smash hit comedy. Williams delivers a tour-de-force performance in the role critics agree he was born to play - legendary armed forces radio deejay Adrian Cronauer. Deployed to Saigon to host a morning radio show during the Vietnam War, Cronauer's sidesplitting antics and rapid-fire wit make him an instant hit with the troops in the field but soon get him in hot water with his by-the-book superiors. An unforgettable supporting cast and a red-hot soundtrack of '60s hits make this the quintessential Robin Williams comedy.

Live blog

TimeComment
1:32Oh god, this radio. Why is he talking weird?
5:19I didn’t know radio hosts in the army were so important.
8:04“That is humour. I recognise that.”
13:59It’s the most exhausting radio I’ve ever heard.
18:25“If you’re going to fight, clash.”
20:02I’d have thought there was a lot more to being a higher rank than getting saluted.
25:35Formaldehyde?? Like what they put in dead bodies?
31:32He’s a good teacher.
32:59I feel like this kid can already speak English, why’s he in the class?
41:43New and approved.
48:21How can they know the word reticent? I barely know that word.
59:05I’m all for laughs but that is definitely crossing a line.
1:02:30He would have been sat in there, wow.
1:06:48Of course, turning it off just gives more credence to his words.
1:08:19“I drink so I can be this funny.”
1:16:35The mailbags are basically ye olde Twitter with all the feedback.
1:19:32I don’t know who Pat Boone is but I get the idea.
1:32:41The censorship is so hard.
1:42:23He sounds like a terrorist but he did save his life. Twice.
1:48:42“This will not look good on a resume!”
1:52:11Sport will always cross divides.

Thoughts

I’ve heard of this film, I mean who doesn’t know that morning greeting, but I really didn’t know anything about it. Was glad to have watched it, it’s a movie that showcases just how gripping watching Robin Williams do anything can be. He’s off on his own, riffing on the radio, no doubt improvising all of it, and I didn’t understand half of what he was saying but still loved it.

The story beneath the radio antics holds up too though, people just navigating their way through the most awful situations, finding themselves on the wrong side of the law, of the war, of their superiors, just by doing what they think is right.

In some ways it’s horrifying, in others it’s quite a gentle movie, but at no point was it boring. A really great job by all.

Rating: 5 / 5

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