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RELEASED: 1987, Cert. 15 RUNNING TIME: Approx. 120 mins DIRECTOR: Barry Levinson PRODUCERS: Larry Brezner & Mark Johnson SCREENPLAY: Mitch Markowitz MUSIC: Alex North MAIN CAST:- Robin Williams as Adrian Cronauer Forest Whitaker as Edward Garlick Bruno Kirby as Lt. Steven Hauk J T Walsh as Sgt. Major Dickerson Tung Thanh Tran as Tuan Chintara Sukapatana as Trinh Noble Willingham as Gen. Taylor Robert Wuhl as Marty Lee Dreiwitz ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FILM ONLY REVIEW Airman Adrian Cronauer is commissioned to take over DJ duties in Saigon on the radio station which is broadcast to serving American soldiers. On reporting for duty, Adrian is given instructions as to the type of music he must play, being advised to continue broadcasting in the same way as his boring predecessor. However, he refuses to cooperate and immediately introduces his own style of DJ patter, together with livening and updating the musical style, which he continues with after several reprimands from his superiors. Adrian makes good friends with Edward Garlick, and develops an attraction for a young Vietnamese girl he keeps seeing, wanting to get to know her better. He also has to contend with the girl's brother! As Adrian greases himself into the Vietnamese way of life and continues broadcasting his own very hyper repertoire to his listening audience of American soldiers, gaining much popularity in the process, one or two surprises come his way once he gets to know brother and sister Tuan and Trinh better. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Good Morning Vietnam is a film which I tried to watch when it was first released on VHS, but I'd never been able to get into it, so abandoned it until recently, when I thought I'd give it another chance after having been given a copy on DVD. This time around, and as soon as the film began, I felt the original sense of irritation I'd experienced during my first viewing, many years ago. There is something about the initial atmosphere which is set that I don't feel comfortable with, yet it isn't easy to explain why, even to myself. However, I continued watching, just in case a light of appreciation sparked into action somewhere inside of my brain. There's no doubt about it that Robin Williams certainly puts a tremendous amount into his role as whacky forces DJ, and I'm not sure how much of his intensive, hyper-manic dialogue was scripted or adlibbed by him. Even though he carries this film on his shoulders, to watch him and listen to his constant babbling, really blitzed my sensibilities to smithereens. Several times during my recent viewing, I had to lower the volume as Williams' constant 'in your face' patter was actually giving me a headache! The dialogue to me comes across as one long, almost never-ending, brain-battering stream of quick-fire utterances as if being shot at me from the barrel of a machine gun. I'm not really criticising Williams' performance here as it must have been a very difficult role to take on....more that I found the content of his lines banal for the most part, not appealing to my sense of humour aside from one or two lines which raised a slight - very slight - smile from me. I did enjoy Forest Whitaker as the warm, friendly, supportive and gentle Edward Garlick, but it is possible that I was viewing his input through biased eyes, as he is one of my all-time favourite actors. There is a point in the film where he comes into his own, even if only briefly, and that is where the true and great acting abilities of Forest Whitaker shine through. I find that apart from irreverent DJ Adrian Cronauer upsetting his superiors and enchanting the US soldiers, the storyline is weak, having little relevance to what was actually going on in Vietnam at the time (I've got that on good authority due to a relative of mine having served in Vietnam during the conflict). The only piece of substance I could pick up on was the difference in behaviour from disparate sides of the Vietnamese people towards the American soldiers, but that is something which would obviously have happened anyway, otherwise there probably wouldn't have been a war in the first place. Some of the snippets of music Adrian Cronauer introduced to the US troops are very good, largely concentrating on what at the time (1960s) was the British pop music invasion. However, I would have preferred to hear the tracks played in their entirety, rather than being half-treated to mere snatches of them. There is one very realistic scene in Good Morning Vietnam of a terrorist bomb attack, and through my own 7/7/2005 experiences in London, I can say that was put across very well and accurately. It seems sad to say that an act of horrific violence is probably the best part of this film, but for me, that's how it is. I did enjoy little passages in the film which showed some of the beautiful countryside surrounding what was Saigon before its name was changed to Ho Chi Min City, and found some brief glimpses into Vietnamese day to day life in a war-torn country moderately interesting, but the film as a whole continues to this day, to leave me quite cold. I do appreciate that the focus of Good Morning Vietnam is different to other films such as The Deerhunter and Apocalypse Now, but it doesn't grab me by the throat and spin me around the room.....for the most part, all it does is annoy me. Another thing which didn't do anything to enhance my viewing experience, is that the DVD I have is rather grainy in picture quality, although the sound is fine....perhaps too fine, bearing in mind the content of the dialogue which spews forth from Robin Williams' lips faster than the speed of light. All in all, and I realise I am probably in a minority, Good Morning Vietnam doesn't really do it for me, despite Robin Williams' intricate output and the wonderful Forest Whitaker as his amiable sidekick. I am going to award three stars for the good parts, as I suppose it is quite a well-made and well-acted film, but it just doesn't do anything for me other than blast me into a very stressful place. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ At the time of writing, Good Morning Vietnam can be purchased from Amazon as follows:- New: from £2.53 to £21.18 Used: from £1.74 to £6.88 Collectible: two copies currently available @ £8.95 & £18.90 (both appear to be used) Some items on Amazon are available for free delivery within the UK, but where this doesn't apply, a £1.26 charge should be added to the above figures. Thanks for reading! ~~ Also published on Ciao under my CelticSoulSister user name ~~
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDD MMMMMMMORNING VIETNAAAAAAAAAM! The first time I saw this film, I couldn't wait to get hold of the soundtrack as it promised not only some great music (which is well used in the film) but also snippets of ad libbing Robin Williams gave as he stars as Adrian Cronauer, controversial radio DJ sent out to entertain and uplift the troops as they fight in Vietnam. It is one of those rare films where the soundtrack stands out more than the film itself, despite both being of a very high calibre. It very much revolves around Cronauer's arrival in Vietnam to be the main DJ for the troops' radio station, and as his controversial 'stand-up' style of Dj-ing starts to irk his superiors, it also makes him friends. The harsh realities of the Vietnam conflict are explored, but only intermittently, with the main focus being on Adrian, his struggles at work, a sideline romance and a friendship that could prove costly. The Vietnamese people are portrayed as a culture and a nation as opposed to the victims or antagonists of a war, and the main feeling you get is that this is a film that wasn't really afraid to just tell the story, irrelevant of the politics. There is some glossed over Americanisation, with the impression that 'we can do no wrong' coming through from time to time in the film. This does annoy me somewhat about films, when the righteous element comes shining through, but it was a minor focus in this circumstance, and doesn't really have much bearing on things. If anything, it is balanced by J T Walsh's portrayal of an officer who is obsessed with removing Cronauer to the point where he would happily put him in harm's way and focus on this, rather than actually do his job and make sure the war is being fought. Robin Williams is fantastic as Adrian Cronauer. Coupled with his performance in Hook as a Peter Pan who has forgotten, this is his finest hour, for me. I never tire of watching the film, of his eternal optimism and dogged determination as Cronauer, and the gentle giant contrast that Forest Whitaker gives as a 'tour guide' for the newly stationed DJ. There are strong roles all round, and some really clever scenes involving different combinations of these characters. Barry Levinson directs the film very well. I wouldn't necessarily that there is a clear vision as such that he gets across, but the fact that Robin Williams ad libs a lot of Cronauer's DJ-ing shows just how the trust between a director and lead star should be. The cinematography is spot on, with musical accompaniment placed perfectly to show the mood of the film as it rises and then falls, tracks such as Nowhere To Run or Armstrong's Wonderful World really hitting things home and getting you in the right mood, be it happy or sad. There are some surprises and some relatively shocking moments, as well as some small twists, but the main focus of this is in giving a harsh reality a bit of light relief with some clever comedy. The oneliners Cronauer often comes out with are hilarious, and really add the icing on top of the cake. Good Morning Vietnam is a great film, and one I would happily watch over and over again. It's 5 stars from me, as it really is that good (in my opinion). The soundtrack is better, and rarely have I found a more perfect song based soundtrack interspersed with the spoken word, and I spent many an hour listening to the music and repeating the DJ parts. And yes, I can still remember them all! Highly recommended! Soundtrack included: it's that good, I wanted to pop it in here with the film review! 1. Adrian Cronauer - Robin Williams 2. Nowhere to Run - Martha & the Vandellas, Martha Reeves 3. I Get Around - The Beach Boys 4. Game of Love - Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders 5. Adrian Cronauer - Robin Williams 6. Sugar and Spice - The Searchers 7. Adrian Cronauer - Robin Williams 8. Liar, Liar - The Castaways 9. Warmth of the Sun - The Beach Boys 10. Adrian Cronauer - Robin Williams 11. I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown 12. Adrian Cronauer - Robin Williams 13. Baby Please Don't Go - Them 14. Adrian Cronauer - Robin Williams 15. Danger Hearbreak Dead Ahead - The Marvelettes 16. Five O'Clock World - The Vogues, The Vogues 17. California Sun - The Rivieras 18. Adrian Cronauer - Robin Williams 19. What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
There are not all that many light-hearted movies about the war in Vietnam but this comedy sees the lighter side of Vietnam with the help of Robin Williams who was at his best in his 1987 release. Robin Williams has always been a quick-fire stand-up comic who has a ready-made quip or witty comment for most situations that arise. In this movie he plays real-life U.S Armed forces radio DJ Adrian Cronauer. He broadcasts his funny radio show from his base in Saigon to the troops fighting the Vietnam War in order to raise moral and make things not seem quite so bad. During the radio show he delivers his own brand of humour with jokes and irrverent behaviour and Robin Williams is in his element with this role. He effectively is just acting out his stand-up routine, but this time in a radio studio being broadcast live. He also in the process manages to annoy the military top personnel with his antics, but the troops love him. As well as the story of his radio show there are various other plots in the movie to make things more interesting as we go along. Cronauer has an ongoing battle with his superior officers and it is great fun as he continues to laugh at them and has no regard for their authority. There is also romantic interest in the form of a young Vietnamese woman and a friendship with his brother. I found this movie refreshing as unlike so many Vietnam style movies that have been made, this one actually seemed to portray the Vietnamese people as real people rather than just pawns in a raging war that are sacrificed when caught up in the futile battles. However, the best thing about this movie is Robin Williams and his manic style throughout. Alot of his acting is ad-libbed and so is extremely natural which is great. If you don't like Robin Williams then you may not enjoy this movie but if you are fan then you will love this movie as I did.
What a brilliant film starring Robin Williams. So plot... It follows a radio DJ, Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams), who has arrived from Crete and is positioned in Vietnam at AFRS (Armed Forces Radio Saigon). He makes friends with a member of the VC and is dislike by middle management but loved but the top brass. This film is full of great one liner quotes that you just end up saying at random times during day-to-day living. I don't get a lot of the jokes though mainly because I'm not American and also because it was made before I was born. It does contain lots of jokes based around American politics but it is made up for in the one liner quotes that we all laugh at. Also what surprises me is that Robin Williams can pull off a very serious role in the film as opposed to constantly being funny all of the time. There are some really serious and emotional roles that Robin plays which are quite unlike most of the films Robin usually appears in. It really does go to show how good an actor Robin Williams is in a diverse film. Bluray? No I don't think it would be worth it. I don't know if you can get it on Bluray but with little action it doesn't seem worth it. I don't know whether the film company would transfer the pure negatives to the Bluray so it might not be worth it if it does come out on Bluray disc. Overall a really good hilarious film with some nitty gritty emotion shoved in for good measure.
When I searched for this film and saw it was only given 3 stars I suffered much confusion! Good Morning, Vietnam is a classic! I like war films, and I like comedy, and this manages to combine the two without creating a parody such as Hot Shots, and I feel as funny as M*A*S*H. The events are loosely based on the real life story of Adrian Cronauer. The Plot (briefly) --------------- The year is 1965 in Saigon, where American forces are fighting the Vietcong in Indochina. Directed by Barry Levinson, the film starts with the arrival of Adrian Cronauer, a disk jockey, from Crete to bring some zest to the forces radio station in Asia. He is met on arrival by Ed Garlick, and the comedy starts almost immediately, with a rather slapstick recurring driving error by Garlick followed by Cronauer ogling the local girls. Cronauer immediately begins to annoy his superiors, especially Sergeant Major Dickerson and Lieutenant Hauk, who is incredibly strict within the army regulations on what is allowed to be said and played on the radio. The film progresses with infamous speeches by Cronauer who rambles from Vice President Nixon to sex, which increasingly add to his popularity within the army, with the exception of Lt.Hauk! Between the ramblings and the 'wild' music Cronauer plays, he establishes himself as the number one DJ among the soldiers. Meanwhile, Cronauer has started teaching English to try and meet one of the local girls, Trinh, where he soon becomes best friends with her brother Tuan. The two of them witness a VC bombing of the forces bar in Saigon, which due to censorship rules, Cronauer cannot say on air. Here begins his downfall. He is continually reprimanded by his superiors and eventually finds out Tuan is in fact a member of the force America are fighting in Indochina, enough to get him discharged from the army and on a plane back to America. The film was shot in Thailand, allowing for a nice Indochina setting. Although it may miss out on some of the French inspired architecture and culture you might see in Vietnam, Thailand makes a perfect replacement I feel. Despite being no real battle scenes in the film, the film still produces a portrayal of war much alike Platoon and Hamburger Hill. Although it is nowhere near as sombre as other Vietnam films, it still depicts the lack of hearts and minds the US won in Vietnam, and how difficult it was ever going to be for them to win there, as shown by Cronauer's best friend being the enemy. The only battle scenes shown are real life pictures played to 'What a Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong, creating a strong paradox and the most notable negative portrayal of war in the film. Otherwise it is kept humorous, creating the moral that even in times of war, laughter is vital. Casting ----------- Robin Williams expertly plays Adrian Cronauer in what was somewhat of a breakthrough role for him. Most of his rambles on air are improvised, which allows him to show his comic genius. His irreverent style allows Williams to show his intelligence while still appearing manic. I'm a fan of Robin Williams anyway, and this is his best work in my opinion. He won the Golden Globe for Best Actor Award, and was further nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA, which must surely prove his performance is exceptional! Ed Garlick is played by Forest Whitaker, who although doesn't get as much screen time, maintains a humorous image trying to keep Cronauer under control despite loving his material! Bruno Kirby plays the comedically-challenged Lieutenant Hauk, and in doing so makes it funny at how unfunny he is! His attempt at a radio show is cringe worthy, albeit in a good way that fits in perfectly to the film. I feel the cast are perfect, Williams is at his funniest, whilst the relationships on screen between the characters are crystal clear, knowing which are hostile and which are friendly. Soundtrack ----------------- Another aspect of Good Morning, Vietnam I enjoyed was the soundtrack mainly played via Cronauer's radio shows. It consists of hits of the 60's such as Martha & the Vandellas, The Riviera's, The Beach Boys and James Brown. In fact there isn't a song on the soundtrack I dislike, and all fit to the film perfectly, especially Louis Armstrongs 'What a Wonderful World', which became a top 40 hit after the films release. If you are a fan of Mo-town then you'll definitely like the soundtrack, but I'd have to question your musical choices if you don't like it! Overall, I have to give 'Good Morning, Vietnam' 5 stars. A war film that stays funny throughout, yet still poignant at the devestation of war. If you're a fan of Robin Williams then it's a must see, but if you don't like him then probably best to avoid it, as he features a huge amount! As far as war films go, it's a welcome twist on Vietnam films after the harrowing portrayals in Platoon and We Were Soldiers.
How much is Good Morning Vietnam merely a tour de force performance by Robin Williams or how much is it a well rounded complete anti-war film. Sadly my view it is too much just a vehicle for Williams style of delivery and frankly the remainder is very average stuff. Williams plays Adrian Cronauer who s a Radio DJ for the US Armed Forces who is sent to Vietnam in 1965 at the height of the conflict. This is not to say that the set-piece monologues delivered by Williams are not funny, clever, biting, satirical and poignant. They are but we also have frankly absurd arguments with superiors and when the character has a relationship with a local Vietnamese girl and befriends her brother then the film descends to parody. Cronauer is seen as an irreverent loose cannon by his superiors who inevitably ask him to refrain from the critical comments he has made on air. He is, of course, loved by the poor sods fighting the war and we constantly cut to the troops enjoying his broadcast. The audience is placed firmly on the side of Cronauer and the troops (nothing wrong with that) and the top brass are portrayed as insensitive and bungling (nothing wrong with that either). The problem is it all becomes too one sided. You get the point very early and its driven home again and again. If it were for the excellence of some of the dialogue I think I would have tired sooner. Barry Levinsons direction does not have the breadth needed to stop this being too 2-dimensional in feel. There are some harrowing images displayed and I think the intention was to contrast the acid humour of Cronauer with the reality of the war. It just does not come off though. The film has no great pace to it and plods along. The sense that it is plodding only becomes more apparent with each scene Williams does as the shock jock. It is all a shame. I like Robin Williams and loved him in Dead Poets Society and Awakenings. I put Good Morning Vietnam among his less successful efforts but still a lot better than Mrs Doubtfire.
This film is set during the early days of he Vietnam conflict and opens with DJ Adrian Cronauer played by Robin Wlliams being posted from Cyprus to host one of the armed forces radio station broadcasts. Before his arrival the material broadcast had been heavily censored and the DJ 's stuck to a rigid playlist of approved musc. Cronauer is a bit of a rebel and immediately starts playing his own rock and roll music and his fast talking on air soon upsets his straight laced military bosses. However he becomes so popular with the troops that they are forced to stick with him. Soon however he begins to fall in love with a local girl and he gets dragged into the escalating military conflict. This is a touching comedy that ultimately moves from humour into a more serious film which shows up some of the reiculous censorship that armies employ as they try to control the media. Williams is at his comic best when alone in his studio broadcasting to the troops and apparently much of this was unscripted. His performance is less convincing when the film becomes a little more serious, then his flippant style is less convincing in the actions that he takes. The film has an excellent sound track of music by bands like Matha and the Vandellis and the Beachboys as well as some James Brown. This is a good film to watch and I found it to be very entertaining.
I used to love M*A*S*H* and fondly remember those evening curled up on the sofa laughing at the loveable Hawkeye. This programme represented my limit of knowledge on the various wars of the world. Having never taken history at school my knowledge of the worlds political history is admittedly dire. A now glowing example is that I started talking about MASH to lead into talking about Good Morning Vietnam - thinking that both the Korean War and the Vietnam war were the same. In fact as I watched the film last night I realised that I had no idea when Vietnam happened or why or even where Vietnam is. They are things I will have to go and look up after I've finished this opinion although no doubt my mind will forget the facts immediately after reading. I think all that really matters is that thousands of people died. Robin Williams is a favourite of mine and in this movie he is let loose to parade his wild brand of comedy to full effect. He plays Adrian Cronauer, a DJ brought into Saigon to work on the local army network informing and entertaining the troops. His immediate superiors aren't happy - one is a comedian trapped in the body of an utter bore and the other a sergeant with a huge chip on his shoulder. Unphased, Cronauer takes to the airways and shakes the bones of the army boys in the field with his playing of restricted music and tendency to de-censor the news. The men love him. He's not afraid to poke fun at political figures nor the war itself. In the traditional of Fools everywhere, Adrian speaks truth that is buried in jest. He is a lose canon, his is rebellious but he is just what is needed in the stifling military that lives for rules. Whilst drinking in a local bar Adrian spots a beautiful Vietnamese women and is completely enamoured by her. Eventually he begins teaching the English class she belongs to in an effort to get to know her better. All the time her young but fiercely protective brother stands between them and Adrian has another battle on his hands. Having watched this film before some years ago I felt that this time I was watching with a far more critical eye. Williams is undoubtedly brilliant at the part he plays which is incidentally based on the real man of the same name. The original Adrian Cronauer however was actually quite serious and although he was consulted in the making of the movie much of his input was subsequently changed and there were disputes between him and director Barry Levinson. What is difficult about this movie however is the slow pace. The rapid fire delivery of Williams perhaps only heightens the fact that certainly for the first hour of the film nothing much actually happens. Apparently the director wanted to capture a documentary style feel which he certainly does but unfortunately now and again this seems to fade into image after image of Vietnam and soldiers. Interesting and enlightening as these images are after some time I felt like they lost their impact because there just seemed to many of them and there was perhaps more reliance on the images to tell the story rather than the script. Mitch Markowitz who originally worked on Mash and few other TV series probably didn't have a huge amount to do as Williams adlibbed his way through. In the biography by Andy Dougan, Williams said "The character is basically 98 per cent me." This doesn't surprise me at all. In fact there were many occasions when I felt and could see Williams was not really in character anymore and it is a strange experience to watch an actor suddenly being himself when you are expecting him to be someone else. Interestingly this actually adds to the movie - particularly in the scene where Cronauer entertains the troops whilst in a traffic jam. this scene in particular is very moving and I felt that Williams as genuinely moved by the memories of the war that he must have. The acting is top notch with the likes of Forest Whitta ker and the young Tung Thanh Tran who plays the brother of the girl Adrian is interested in. However the authenticity of having genuine Vietnamese actors unfortunately means that sometimes what is said is lost to the viewer as I really struggled to understand them sometimes. Of course being a DJ means that Cronauer gets to play music popular at the time (even though he's meant to stick to the likes of Perry Como). In turn this means that fans of 60's and early 70's music are given a feast for the ears. Not my kind of thing at all so I can't get excited about it although the score for me gets ten out of ten just for playing Louis Armstrongs 'Wonderful Life'. The imagery that accompanies the track is poignant. You can apparently buy the soundtrack and the songs are interspersed with Williams manic DJ style from the film. At the time it came out in 1987, Good Morning Vietnam was a challenging movie. The Vietnam war was a huge cancer on the face of America and therefore a humorous look at this blip in history was seen as a potential no.no. Whatever criticisms I have however, the movie does succeed in pointing out the futility of war, the utter stupidity of war - and perhaps this war in particular which I now know they lost. Williams was given his first Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Adrian Cronauer but since then has made what I consider to be better movies - namely Awakenings, What Dreams May Come, Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King and many more. These I think tap into the fullness of Williams as a performer. Perhaps however that fullness began here in those moments when we see the man behind the mania that is Williams and realise his depths and versatility. I do think that Good Morning Vietnam is a movie to be seen if you haven't seen it. It remains a classic because of it's style and approach. You may not like Williams style but this film has moments that are unmissable. Wil liams is quoted to have said "You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.". For that I applaud him. http://www.ibn-khouri.com/rwilliams/ The Ultimate Robin Williams Website http://www.levinson.com/ Director Barry Levinson's homesite
Set during the Vietnam war, Robin Williams who plays Adrian Cronauer is drafted in to an army base to DJ for the American radio station. With the howl of 'Goooood Moooorrrning Vietnam' coming down the airwaves into the ears of the army boys, he quickly gains respect and morale from his listeners. The idea that the army needed a DJ to make light of such horrific scenes of war and to make their lives a bit more liveable is greatly accepted by them but superiors have a sterner view towards his methods of making people laugh. The movie has all that you could expect from a war movie with death and destruction but with the added benefits of a great soundtrack, light humour and a look at the problems of an interracial relationship which Adrian has with an Asian girl. The soundtrack is music from the 1960's era with the likes of 'Nowhere to Run' by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, 'I get around' by the Beach Boys, 'I feel good' by James Brown and the unforgettable 'What a Wonderful World' by the remarkable Louis Armstrong. Other artists featured on the soundtrack are Castaways, Vogues and Them. This is a heart rendering movie with bits of crazy humour, and if you wanted to watch a war movie with a difference, then this could be the one for you.
Good Morning, Vietnam was back in the good old days before Robin Williams' trademark comedy wasn't so overplayed and tiring. His dramatic work seems to just get better, but compare just about any scene in this movie with any scene in Fathers' Day. Good Morning, Vietnam is hilarious, and it's also a rather moving story. It overplays its hand in the final act, becoming increasingly improbable and uneven, but there's still a lot here to enjoy, and Robin Williams' focus and energy keep things afloat.
This film stars Robin Williams at his Hyperactive best. It is set during the Vietnam war and mr Williams arrives as the new army radio DJ, and he causes all sorts of chaos. This film is a comedy which deals with important issues, namely the vietnam war. This is a must see for any Robin Williams fan but people who like there comedy on the lighter side (airplane, naked gun etc.) should give this a miss as it deals with some very serious issues.
Good Morning Vietnam is a more than usually human take on Americas most controversial war, an often poignant and always entertaining fictionalisation of the Vietnam years of DJ Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams). Cronauer is employed as the voice of the US Armed Forces radio in South East Asia, but it soon emerges that his idea of entertaining the troops and the Armys are poles apart. This isnt a biopic--director Barry Levinson doesnt give any detail of Cronauers life before Vietnam--instead its about Cronauer discovering a better understanding of the war, the people and himself. Interspersed with the radio sequences is a gentle plot which follows Cronauer as he teaches English to some Vietnamese kids, falls for a local girl and narrowly misses being killed in a terrorist attack. However, it is the sheer frenetic genius of Williams largely improvised radio monologues that account for the films box office success. On the DVD: Good Morning Vietnam gets the special edition DVD with digitally remastered audio and picture. Extras include a couple of previews--both the theatrical and a teaser trailer--as well as a production diary which contains interviews with director Levinson, crew and the real Cronauer. But the best feature by far is the "Raw Monologues": introduced by Levinson, this featurette shows the process that Robin Williams went through to improvise the radio slots and is a valuable insight into the comedic talents of the films star.--Kristen Bowditch