good morning and a very good day (by lee_eisenberg)
"Good Morning, Vietnam" is truly Robin Williams at his best. As anarchic DJ Adrian Cronauer in 1965 Saigon, he makes sure that you never stop laughing. I really liked what he did with the tape of Richard Nixon's speech, and then his comment about the bombing of a restaurant. Most amazing is that he ad-libbed the whole thing but hey, that's Robin Williams . Maybe Cronauer wasn't that wacky in real life, but every one of Williams' comments makes the movie worthwhile. The soundtrack even includes his monologues you'll go crazy over the imitation of Lyndon Johnson, <more>
and the commentary from "Roosevelt E. Roosevelt" . A comedy classic in every sense.
The Thinking Person's War Movie (by robert-turner-1)
It's 1965, and maverick DJ, Adrian Cronauer, is despatched to South Vietnam to breath life into a moribund forces radio station.Against a backdrop of mounting political violence, Cronauer, uses humour, honesty and compassion to win the hearts and minds of soldier and civilian alike.But, his unorthodox approach to life lands him in hot water with the authorities, and inevitably leads to his downfall."Good Morning Vietnam" was the archetypal feel good movie of the 1980s. Robin Williams is given free rein to express his considerable talents, delivering a master class in comic <more>
improvisation. A performance which he has sadly failed to better since.The screenplay and soundtrack is drenched in period detail, complemented by some crisp photography which brings into sharp focus a city hovering on the brink of civil war.For my money "Good Morning Vietnam" must surely figure as one of the most intelligent and well balanced movies to emerge from Hollywood. Nothing comes closer.
A wonderful conmemoration of the hardships of Vietnam soldiers (by cbwilson-3)
This movie made me cry and laugh throughout! What soldiers in Vietnam faced was no picnic, and the man such as the one the Robin Williams portrayed who used his amazing facility of humor to brighten the lives of millions of young soldiers performed an act of altruism that ought to be remembered and admired. Robin Williams's character embodied what it meant to be American during Vietnam: stubbornly proud, a fighter, and an optimist even when all hope is lost. It is amazing how bringing a smile to someone's face can help them to carry on and in the case of a soldier, to not be so <more>
afraid and to try to forget about the possibility of death with every turn. Williams deserves so much praise for his perfectly timed shrewdness and witty humor and the life he ultimately brings to his character and to the entire picture.
Effective movie that is neither too funny nor too grim (by KUAlum26)
I just sat through a DVD of this movie,the second ? time I'd seen this film. The last time I could recall seeing this,it was on pay-per-view television in a hotel the Red Lion I think it was room,August of 1988,so my memories of this film could use a refreshing. I'm glad I got refreshed.In 1965,Airman Adrian Cronauer Robin Williams,in the first of his four Academy Award nominations is brought on to do an Armed Forces Radio stint in Vietnam. Behind the microphone,Cronauer lets loose,much to the surprise and delight of many of the troops and servicemen around the area of combat. His <more>
combination of off-the-wall humor,impressions,sound gags and quick wit,mixed with his love of free-wheeling Rock music of the era,is pretty much welcomed in the area,save for a few angry sorts: a Napoleon-complexed intermediate CO named Hauk Bruno Kirby,unrecognizable but for the voice and a stiff-lipped,quietly vindictive middle commander named Dickerson J.T.Walsh,so good here it would seem like this typecast him . As this is going on,Cronauer becomes smitten with a local girl Chinatra Sukapatra,spelling? and befriends her brother Tung Thanh Tran ,which leads the popular DJ down a road of self-discovery.With excellent support from Forrest Whitaker one of my favorites!he ends up sort of counter-balancing Williams' manic frenzy with nerdish normalcy as his buddy/assistant/guide ,Richard Edson,Noble Winnigham,Robert Wuhl and Cu Ba Nguyen as the oily GI bar proprietor among others,this film,directed by Barry Levinson whose work hasn't been this good in what feels like forever,certainly not since Avalon or Rain Man and written by Mitch Markowitz,it is arguable one of the deftest films to create and maintain a balance between the horrors and inhumanity of war and the humor and pathos that are very much present in it. Robin Williams' fans may get much more out of this that those who aren't,but I think even many of those who don't consider themselves fanciers of his talents should be able to appreciate this. The images were powerful enough that they stuck with me some after the first time I saw GMV and after a second time I feel like can appreciate even more out of this movie.
A perfect showcase for Robin Williams' unique improv (by DavidSim240183)
Good Morning, Vietnam is undoubtedly the film that propelled Robin Williams to the A-list. Beforehand he was only known as Mork from Ork, and the films he'd been asked to appear in except perhaps Moscow on the Hudson were ones not really giving him an opportunity to flex his true muscles as an actor.But GMV changed all that, because it was the first time Williams had been given a character that finally allowed him to showcase his unique brand of improv. In this case, a DJ.Its what Williams does with the part that makes GMV so compelling. His live-wire performance transforms the entire <more>
movie. Without Williams, GMV would be a considerably lesser film than it is.Barry Levinson's film is rather unique because it was the first and only one to add a bit of comedy into the Vietnam War. Taking a leaf out of MASH's book, it uses the conflict in Saigon as a backdrop for William's barnstorming impressions and impersonations. And for the most part, its a sweet package.Williams plays Adrian Cronauer, a funny man shipped to Saigon to be the new host of a morning radio show. Adrian's irreverent antics in front of the mike raises a few eyebrows among the straight-arrow US military, but the troops love him!All the while, Adrian gets to know Vietnamese culture up close and personal. Something that leads to romance, friendship and eventually a betrayal that changes Adrian's life forever.It was the decision to put Robin Williams at the centre that makes Good Morning, Vietnam such a great movie. Williams is a master of improvisation. He can slip from one impersonation to the next effortlessly. And the best part is, none of it is scripted. Williams improvises routines right out of thin air. You know he's just making this up as he's going along, and its a remarkable thing to see.Levinson knows Williams needs no script or cue cards to work from. All he does is position the camera in front of Williams behind the mike, give him the line Good Morning, Vietnam and then go from there. And its like watching a comic whirlwind. Any scene with him on his radio show provides non-stop laughs. He has seldom been better in anything else.What I also liked about GMV is its humorous approach to the misguided Vietnam conflict. Its when it tries to be a little more serious and dramatic that the film falls down. Yes the war in Vietnam was a terrible tragedy. Especially because it represented the American's sabre-rattling mentality at its narrowest. But the dramatic elements offer nothing particularly enlightening about the war. The comedy elements however do.When Good Morning, Vietnam is funny its very funny. But when it tries to make serious points it slows the film right down. Its Williams irreverent commentaries on the conflict that give the film its life. Even when he's doing impressions of Richard Nixon and even Elmer Fudd there's a thinly disguised veil of contempt against the US military's participation in the Vietnam War. They're wrapped up in sharply satirical comic material, but they make more of an impact than the film's outright heavy-handed approach. Subtlety makes all the difference.Robin Williams is the heart and soul of the entire picture of course. Whether he's delivering manic rapid-fire monologues on the air to teaching native Vietnamese the hip aspects of the English language, he holds the attention whenever he's around. He was deservedly nominated for an Oscar. An Oscar he should have won really.Levinson surrounds Williams with talented character actors. The most engaging are Forest Whitaker and Noble Willingham. Whitaker plays Edward, a timid young man who learns to loosen up after spending time in Adrian's company. And Willingham plays Gen. Taylor, the only one among the top brass who takes a shine to Adrian's unorthodox methods. He brings depth to what could have been an easily clichéd character.On the downside, JT Walsh plays exactly the type of character Willingham is so skillful at avoiding. A pompous, self-important bureaucrat who takes an instant dislike to Adrian's free-thinking spirit. I have to admit I found it a bit hard to swallow that Walsh's character Sgt Major Dickerson tee-hee! would actually try to get Adrian killed in VC territory. No matter how much he hated him. His is an unnecessary character really. The film could have done just as well, and arguably better without him.Nethertheless, the ending is still quite sad when Adrian winds up being shipped back to the US because one of his Vietnamese friends is a terrorist. Williams performance is so faultless that even when you can see the mechanicals of the plot clicking into place, you still feel sadness for him. His closing message is the perfect blend of cutting humour and acute pathos.Good Morning, Vietnam would have been better if it had stayed true to the comic route. But despite a few bumps in the screenplay, Robin Williams' quite excellent even virtuoso performance keeps things remarkably on course. He made a questionable detour into sentimental schmaltz in the following 90s, but this film shows you what Robin Williams can be capable of when given the right material to work with.
An optimistic film about a terrible war : people must remain optimistic. (by Guy-More)
Perfect film to demonstrate with humor and kindness the Viet Nam war. A nice film but not simpleton. Nice for the kindness of all the characters. A caricature, but a nice caricature. Whatever, the name I will give to the film I will qualify it by "nice". However, nice in a positive way, not at all simpleton or stupid. To have lived and worked two years in Sai Gon in recent time 1996-98 , I was happy to feel the country I loved, although there are only few pictures who really show Viet Nam numerous stages are shot in studio . I cannot separate this view of "Good Morning <more>
Vietnam" to the view of "a quiet American". Although, there were, maybe, less pictures of the countries in Good Morning Vietnam, I feel the atmosphere of Sai Gon better shown in this film. Photos of A quiet American were too clean, too nice. In conclusion, one of the films people need to see about Viet Nam war. Humanity has to be optimistic and such films should be made about all wars : when a Good Morning Baghdad ?
Vietnam without a doubt was a dark period in our history.Any comedy film surrounding Vietnam would indeed have to be done delicately.This movie pulls it off.What amazes me most about the film is the flawless, improvisational radio dialog from Robin Williams.This,as most of you may know,was completely unscripted to allow Williams an opportunity to work his magic.Also,it had to be timely,for the movie is,of course,set in 1965.The fact that he was able to do this is nothing short of amazing.The supporting cast was also incredible,with great performances by Forrest Whitaker,Bruno Kirby,and the <more>
late J.T.Walsh as "Sergeant Major Dickerson",the man you love to hate.Although some of the horror that was Vietnam is here,it's only giving you a taste of it,as it concentrates more on the Williams character's quest to make our beloved soldiers forget their horror,at least for a while.Highly recommended.
There never has been, and probably never will be, another film which shows both sides of Williams to such a great degree.As the wise-cracking disc-jockey, Williams shows his undisputed wild comedic talent, but the bomb scene and scenes of rural Vietnam life, truly allow Williams to such his dramatic acting ability. They look at the conflict, without getting in too deep.A superb cast as well including Bruno Kirby and the late great J.T. Walsh gives a solid backdrop, and are beautiful foils to Williams.Overall, a wonderful movie, add it to your collection.
Robin Williams does his thing well in this comedy that makes us think. ***1/2 out of four (by Movie-12)
GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM / 1987 ***1/2 out of four By Blake French: Robin Williams is about as good as they come at doing stand up comedy, and in "Good Morning, Vietnam" director Berry Levinson gives him everything he needs to make the film go above and beyond the average satire. From his outgoing sense of humor, to his aggressive personality, and dozens of vocal effects, he portrays his character with interactive zest. Who can resist the awakening voice of Williams on the radio yelling "Good Morning Vietnam." This is a film that conquers the test of time. "Good <more>
Morning, Vietnam" tells the story of a lively disc jockey who gets a job on Armed Forced Radio during the Vietnam War. Robin Williams is the fast-talking Adrian Cronauer, and who better to play the part than he. Although this character is one-dimensional we are never informed on his background, marital status, where he comes from, what he did before we meet , as the movie continues he gradually begins to change into a deeper, more meaningful person. The story moves along smoothly; the narrative through-line is consistent as each scene relates to the next. Although little momentum or suspense can be noticed, the film does have several underlining themes, often viewed upon in a Stanley Kubrick style: sarcastic and uncompromising. We see how much a little humor and jazz can greatly enlighten the hard-core atmosphere of the military during Vietnam, and how it can thoroughly confuse the bleeding heart officials. The film hangs by the skin of its teeth for active conflict tension. Beyond people objecting to the actions of Williams' character, there is just not a lot of tension within the story, and at some points my interest wandered. "Good Morning, Vietnam" is merely a portrait of Robin Williams releasing his perennial comedy, and unfortunately that does happen to get old quite quickly; the majority of an audience can only watch the humor for so long until it becomes old and somewhat stale. "Good Morning, Vietnam" is definitely not a flawless film, but we do empathize for the main character, the scenes effectively capture the attitude and mood during the war, and the dialogue and writing feel accurate and involving. Barry Levinson has directed a marvelous comedy, one that is not all about making us laugh, but also makes us think.