"Good Morning Vietnam" (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Directed By: Barry Levinson
Written By: Mitch Markowitz
Released: January 15th, 1988
Runtime: 116 minutes
Studio: Buena Vista Pictures
Radio funny man Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) is sent to Vietnam to bring a little comedy back into the lives of the soldiers. After setting up shop, Cronauer delights the G.I.s but shocks his superior officer, Sergeant Major Dickerson (J.T. Walsh), with his irreverent take on the war. While Dickerson attempts to censor Cronauer's broadcasts, Cronauer pursues a relationship with a Vietnamese girl named Trinh (Chintara Sukapatana), who shows him the horrors of war first-hand.
I love this film. I’ve been meaning to watch it for a while now. We’ve had the DVD at home sitting in the cupboard for months but I never pulled it out until just the other day. I really, really enjoyed it.
Despite being set during the Vietnam war, it focuses very little on the event itself. We rarely see anything much of it. The film kind of stays behind the scenes if you like. The script is very, very funny. A lot of laughs are to be garnered from the slightly lunatic situations, sharp and witty dialogue, and wonderful collection of characters. The film grabs your captivation instantly and doesn’t let it go right the way through.
Much of this is due to Robin Williams’ utterly phenomenal performance. From his abundant energy to his amusing impressions and overall unreal comedic talent, the film revolves around him in every way.
This is an absolute must-see. Fantastically entertaining film.