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In January 15 1987, was released one classic movie of all time, ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’. The movie is about a new Disc Jockey, who is shipped from Crete to Vietnam to bring humor to Armed Forces Radio. He turns the studio on its ear and becomes wildly popular with the troops but runs afoul of the middle management who think he isn’t G.I. enough. While he is off the air, he tries to meet Vietnamese especially girls, and begins to have brushes with the real war that never appears on the radio.
Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran
Director: Barry Levinson
To celebrate the 30th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.
- Robin Williams ad-libbed all of Adrian Cronauer’s broadcasts.
The film was mostly shot in Bangkok, Thailand, and at the time, several hundred male students from the International (American) School of Bangkok (ISB) were recruited as extras to perform in the multitude of shots showing American GI’s throughout the film. As a courtesy, Robin Williams actually came to ISB and put on a stand up routine for all students in the 10th grade and above.
- Included among the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”, edited by Steven Schneider.
- When Williams says the common Vietnamese surname “Nguyen” on the air, he pronounces it as “Win”, which is how the name is pronounced in the U.S., as opposed to Vietnam.
- This movie was filmed in Thailand. On the back cover of early copies of the film, street signs can be seen in Thai.
- The soldiers in the transport trucks that Adrian Cronauer entertains are from the U.S. Army’s famed 1st Infantry Division. You can tell by their distinctive “Big Red One” shoulder patches.
- Twice in the film Adrian is seen pulling out the Beatles “Help!” album from the stations collection, but no Beatles songs are ever heard on the soundtrack.
- The fourth-highest grossing film of 1987; making 123.9 million dollars in the U.S. alone.
- In order to give the trailers a more military feel, scenes of Cronauer on the air in military fatigues were shot specifically for the trailers.