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The Green Berets

  G HD Closed Captioning

John Wayne & RAY KELLOGG

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Plot Summary

Screen legend John Wayne stars in this war drama about a cynical war correspondent whose paper doesn't believe the U.S. should be involved in Vietnam. When he gets sent on special assignment, he has the opportunity to see the Special Forces in action as he travels to the war zone accompanied by two green berets. With a powerful cast of familiar television faces, featuring David Janssen ("The Fugitive"), Jim Hutton ("The Adventures of Ellery Queen"), George Takei ("Star Trek") and Jack Soo ("Barney Miller"). Co-directed by the Duke himself, and featuring Barry Sadler's hit song, "Ballad of the Green Beret."

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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27%
  • Reviews Counted: 11
  • Fresh: 3
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 3.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: "The Green Berets" simply will not do as a film about the war in Vietnam. It is offensive not only to those who oppose American policy but even to those who support it. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Nov 17, 2014

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Customer Reviews

First Viet Nam movie made is unashamedly pro soldiers!

This was Hollywood's first Viet Nam war movie, made while the war was still under way. John Wayne unashamedly supported the soldiers and made a strong argument for why we were there. I vaguely remembered this film from my youth and didn't expect to be moved the way I was. Strong performances from Wayne, Jim Hutton, David Jansen and others are supplemented by some pretty realistic war action for the time (1968). I would reccomend this film for anyone. Our Viet Nam vets often got villainized by Hollywood and the American public. This film does them proud. And if you like the Duke...you'll love this movie.

A Pro American Vietnam Movie

I really get sick and tired of certain people who say that this movie is a WWII version of the Vietnam War. This is a pro-American view of the war and if you don't like it, well, too bad--as if WWII was the only good war and every war after that (and, presumably before that) was not. Well, that thinking is ____. The Tet offensive of 1968 was a great defeat for the Vietcong and North Vietnam.

Alexander Soltzenitsyn (the auther of the Gulag Archepelago and a supporter of America's involvement in Vietnam) would agree with John Wayne and company (and JFK, LBJ and Ronald Reagan) that Americans fought bravely and for a good cause. The wrong side won the Vietnam War. Too bad John Wayne cannot make a movie today that commends our heroes in the Middle East.

This movie is entertaining and it exemplifies what is good about America's fighting men. Enjoy!!!

To the "journalists and reporters"

I loved this film. I grew up on John Wayne movies. Movies are for enjoyment for the most part - take it as that.
As far as the "journalists" well the last thing I believe are journalists. THEY are the propaganda generators only telling the point of view they want their readers and viewers to see. Funny how the good things don't make it to their stories...

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1968

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