All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
Good Morning, Vietnam
Time to rock it from the Delta to the DMZ!
An unorthodox and irreverent DJ begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam.
In a tribute to one of the Kings of Comedy, I broke this movie out of the vaults.
It is a perfect showcase to Robin Williams talents- part frenetic energy and part superlative drama it plays to the strengths of the former Mork like no other of his movies have.
Whether he's making you cry laughing or just making you cry with his superb acting chops, Williams always managed to give it gusto; a hurricane of epic proportions that decimated all who lay before him.
Sure, not always did he hit the sweet spot- RV et al a reason to cash a paycheck in low rent comedy schtick that did little or nothing for his aura, but Williams would never…
"You are in more dire need of a blowjob than any white man in history."
I hadn't watched this since I was a kid, so it was very patchy in my memory. I don't think I would have understood the hilarity of it as a child either, I had been meaning to watch it for such a long time and then it came on TV this weekend, so I had to do it. They started with a RIP tribute message to him, which made me cry before the film had even started.
Robin Williams' wit, charm and ridiculously amazing humour make Good Morning, Vietnam the amazing film that it is. He was perfect as Adrian Cronauer, I wonder if the…
"GOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, VIETNAAAAM! This is not a test, this is ROCK and ROLL! ... It's 0600 hours - what does the 'O' stand for? Oh my God, it's early!"
Those are the first words Robin Williams' Adrian Cronauer (incidentally, this is based on a true story) says on the airwaves when he is chosen to be a DJ on Armed Forces Radio Service during the Vietnam War in 1965. Williams is perfect in the role; he is a whirlwind of acerbic wit, savage imitations and irreverent humour. Many of his superiors, somewhat understandably, take against his style and try to get him off air.
Barry Levinson is a great, understated director; two years later he would win an Oscar for…
Equal parts hilarious and moving, "Good Morning, Vietnam" is highly entertaining and features Robin Williams at his absolute best.
Following the sad news of his passing, I just had to watch one of my favourite films featuring Robin Williams.
Good Morning, Vietnam was the perfect showcase for his talents both comedic and dramatic. Watching it in recent years has always been tinged with some sadness on account of the passing of Bruno Kirby in 2006, but now it's going to get even more poignant.
In the words of his character Adrian Cronauer the world will be as 'boring as whale shit' without Robin Williams. RIP.
This is in many ways the anti-Robin Williams film. Cronauer is the Williams persona gone totally berserk, and the nature of his distractive, scattershot, adlibbed comedy antics placed within an environment not best suited to his “irreverent tendencies”. If the film were a little more daring in its approach to Williams as a performer, this could almost be the Punch-Drunk Love of his career.
The film is still in many ways just another traditional Robin Williams vehicle in which he gets to play the “most unorthodox” figure though his wacky demeanour, but transferred into a setting that almost screams for hard hitting Oscar-bait drama. The soundtrack is great, but the continued playing of upbeat music over images of carnage and…
I already expected Williams to be funny. Wasn't expecting Bruno Kirby to steal the movie though.
Great performances, lots of funny stuff, but kind of a clunky story.
This is a fabulous charming film of Robin Williams, total entertainment with comedy-cum-drama!
The comedic aspects of this barely got a chuckle out of me, but the dramatic portions actually held my interest. I think Robin Williams can be funny, but he was too unrestrained here for me.
Barely a film. 1/3 footage of Vietnam with 1960s top 40 radio, 1/3 Robin Williams riffing, and 1/3 the vaguest semblance of plot threads.
An excellent movie starring an excellent man.
Putting Robin Williams in front of a radio microphone and letting him run wild is a genius premise for a movie. Good Morning, Vietnam works best during these moments, which also allows for a pretty awesome soundtrack to feature prominently. Although Williams does steal the show (as one would expect) all of the performances are great and the story is decent. Tonally this is a very different film to, say, The Deer Hunter (1978) or Platoon (1986), resulting in a Vietnam War film which is easy to enjoy.
Sledgehammer messaging and character arcs, but the little details at the periphery are wonderful. Forrest Whitaker smiling in a movie, the character of Jimmy Wah and his nude pics of Walter Brennan, the members of the English class and their impromptu game of baseball, and the ego-free performance of Bruno Kirby ("Oh, Frenchy!") all make this movie truly great.
Oh, and a quick shout-out to Robert Wuhl (have those words ever needed to be said?). He was on quite the tear in the late 80s, threatening to become the ubiquitous comedy everyman in dramedy and blockbuster alike:
'87: Good Morning, Vietnam
'88: Bull Durham
Was it Arliss that derailed that train? Come back to us, Wuhl. Come back to us.
'Good Morning, Vietnam' is a very funny but also realistic film that shows the lightheartedness yet also the harsh fear of soldiers in Vietnam during the controversial Vietnam War. Robin Williams is absolutely hilarious in this role as a radio DJ. Many regard it as Williams' greatest role (which I personally reserve for his role in 'Dead Poets Society'), and it definitely is in the top 5. His performance is lively and full of energy when he is in front of a microphone, crass and hilarious when in front of a English class that he basically hijacked to get closer to a girl, and incredibly serious and believable when the film needs him to be. This movie is quite good…
It's Robin Williams' world and everyone else is just actors in it. But really, there was no conflict for most of the film, just romantic filler between Robin Williams radio show.
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