It has been 25 years since Robin Williams has brought audiences laughter with the 1987 theatrical release of “Good Morning Vietnam”. Here it is the 25th anniversary release of the film directed by Barry Levinson and released by Touchtone Pictures.
This film tells the story of Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams), a popular DJ brought into the Armed Forces Radio of Vietnam. Bringing comedy and the music of the times, it doesn’t take long before he is a hit among the soldiers.
He isn’t quite a hit with his superiors Sgt. Major Dickerson (J.T. Walsh) and Lt. Steven Hauk (Bruno Kirby). They don’t share Cronauer’s sense of humor or taste in music and try everything to get him out of the picture.
One of his avid supporters is Eddie Garlik (Forest Whitaker), who takes it upon himself to be Cronauer’s sidekick. But it doesn’t stop him from falling for the beautiful village girl Trinh (Chintara Sukapatana) and befriending her brother Tuan (Tung Thanh Tran).
As crazy as Conauer’s radio show is, it is not as crazy as what happens outside the radio booth in Vietnam.
FINAL WORD: Williams is amazing as DJ Cronauer. In a role that requires high energy and good comedic timing, Williams in the 1980’s was the clear choice. The other great thing about this actor is he also handles the serious scenes with every bit of emotion and it shows in his eyes.
Whitaker as Garlik is sweet, shy but with the potential to be what Cronauer calls “a fireball”. The main characters guardian angel, Whitaker is delightful and charming. Actor J.T. Walsh, who has made an art form of being a straight-faced bad guy, does so once again. Kirby as Lt. Steve, the wannabe DJ, seems to be taking more lessons from his boss than Cronauer.
Other cast include: Robert Wuhl as Marty Lee Dreiwitz, Richard Edson as Pvt. Abersol, Richard Portnow as Dan ‘The Man’ Levitan, Floyd Vivino as Eddie Kirk, Cu Ba Nguyen as Jimmy Wah, Juney Smith as Phil McPherson and Noble Willingham as Gen. Taylor.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Good Morning Vietnam” four tubs of popcorn out of five. This film is fantastic to watch again and with the high definition blu-ray it is a treat for the eyes. The running time of 121 minutes there isn’t a moment that doesn’t have laughs or something to say about the times.
The DVD includes a production diary that has how the movie came to be, music for the film, the origin of the “Good Morning, Vietnam” sign-on and shooting in Thailand. It also includes raw monologue footage and the original theatrical trailer.
In the end – the wrong man in the wrong place at the right time!
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