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The Green Berets

John Wayne  Actor David Janssen  Actor Jim Hutton  Actor Aldo Ray  Actor Raymond St. Jacques  Actor

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MPAA Rating: G
Contains:Questionable for Children,War Violence

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The Green Berets

UPC: 085391158608

Studio: Warner Home Video

MPAA Rating: G   Contains:[Questionable for Children, War Violence]

Summary: The Green Berets is an exciting war film that was lambasted by critics who at the time of its release opposed the war in Vietnam. Wayne's role is similar to his part in The Longest Day (1963), but it was evident to the worldwide public that the same bravado that flew well in World War II crash-landed in 1968 in the wake of a very different war and political time. Wayne plays the hard-nosed rough-and-ready Colonel Mike Kirby who heads a courageous bunch of tough-as-nails Green Berets determined to capture an important enemy general. They are accompanied by a skeptical reporter who soon becomes a gung-ho red-white-and-blue patriot as the Colonel and the others lecture and show him why they must defeat the "commies." Interestingly, despite the massive anti-war sentiments of the times, the film grossed over $11 million at the box-office and is especially notable for the fine battle scenes. The film also features the hit song "Ballad of the Green Berets," sung by Sgt. Barry Sadler. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Category: War

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Languages: English, Français & Español
Subtitles: English & Español (Feature film only)

The Green Berets

Format: DVD

Release Date: 05/22/2007

Audio: DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 114 Minutes

Sides: 2

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French,Spanish

Subtitles: English,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #2, Side A -- The Green Berets
1. Credits [1:57]
2. Fort Bragg [3:31]
3. Q&A [7:01]
4. The Scrounger [3:20]
5. Rise and Shine [1:18]
6. DaNang [5:31]
7. Dead Heroes [1:35]
8. Beckworth Arrives [4:58]
9. Strike Camp [6:19]
10. Rain, Capt. Nim. [6:18]
11. Night Harassment [3:46]
12. Chopper Warfare [5:43]
13. The Seabees [2:28]
14. A Spy [3:31]
15. The Chieftain [5:48]
16. Foot Patrol [2:30]
17. A Village in Ashes [7:33]
18. Tabasco [2:35]
Disc #2, Side B -- The Green Berets
1. Enemy Attack [1:57]
2. Bulldog's Down! [3:31]
3. Falling Back [7:01]
4. Air Strike [3:20]
5. The Battle at Dawn [1:18]
6. Puff Magic Dragon [5:31]
7. Camp Reclaimed [1:35]
8. Provo's Request [4:58]
9. Plan Bravo [6:19]
10. The Word is Alert [6:18]
11. Kowalski's Last [3:46]
12. Dividing the Squad [5:43]
13. Close on General [2:28]
14. Inside...and Out [3:31]
15. Blowing the Bridge [5:48]
16. Lite-Off [2:30]
17. He Takes the Point [7:33]
18. A Sad Return [2:35]

Michael Costello

John Wayne's gung-ho Vietnam War film has long been the subject of ridicule and it would be fair to say that, in hindsight, it becomes obvious that the Duke did not have the most comprehensive grasp of the historical issues involved in the war. Yet, viewed strictly as the kind of standard war movie that Wayne had churned out by the dozen in his career, it's reasonably well made. He stars as a Green Beret colonel who takes a reporter skeptical about the war (David Janssen) with him on a mission to capture an enemy general, hoping to convince the man, and, by extension, the American population, why we should be in Vietnam. Aside from the laughable script, which is little more than an elaboration of the kind of knee-jerk anti-communist rhetoric than Wayne had been spouting in his public appearances around the country during the period, the film has some effective battle scenes, and the cast does a credible job with notable work by Janssen and St. Jacques. Some commentators have expressed surprise that a film about such an agonizing and unpopular war could do as well at the box office as it did. It is worth remembering that Wayne had been for years the most popular star in American films, and remained so as late as 1995, 16 years after his death. As author Garry Wills has observed, he was the symbol of the United States in combat, despite never having fought in any war. Historians have pointed out that in Vietnam, the kind of heroics Wayne enacted in his films proved fatal in practice, and his name became a joke among the troops, synonymous with such stupidly suicidal action. To put The Green Berets in context, one might see it on a double bill with Oliver Stone's Platoon (1986), a film made by a director who had fought in Vietnam. ~ Michael Costello, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Edward Faulkner  Actor 
George Takei  Actor 
William Shannon  Actor 
Chuck Bail  Actor 
Mike Henry  Actor 
Jason Evers  Actor 
William Olds  Actor 
Eddy Donno  Actor 
Chuck Roberson  Actor 
Richard S. "Cactus" Pryor  Actor 
Ray Kellogg  Director 
Ray Kellogg  Producer 
James Lee Barrett  Screenwriter 
Miklos Rozsa  Composer (Music Score) 
John Wayne  Director 
John Wayne  Producer 
Michael Wayne  Producer 
John Wayne  Actor 
David Janssen  Actor 
Jim Hutton  Actor 
Aldo Ray  Actor 
Raymond St. Jacques  Actor 
Bruce Cabot  Actor 
Jack Soo  Actor 
Patrick Wayne  Actor 
Luke Askew  Actor 
Irene Tsu  Actor 

Country: USA