The Green Berets

The Green Berets

John Wayne (1968)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Most of the films made about the American involvement in Vietnam are highly critical and were produced long after the American withdrawal from that shameful conflict. John Wayne, however, saw Vietnam as a new Alamo, staunch Republican that he was, and both starred in and co-directed this flag-waving action adventure. There's no denying the epic sweep of the Panavision action scenes, but even for Duke fans this is heavy-going, thick-eared nonsense. It's impossible to divorce the movie from the man, and Vietnam was nobody's Alamo. If you close your mind, you could try watching it as a transplanted western, but who can close their mind to the true horrors of such a conflict?


A US Army colonel heads two squads of crack soldiers on a mission in the jungles of Vietnam, where they have to construct a camp to withstand attack and kidnap an enemy general. Accompanying him is a sceptical reporter, who questions the validity of the war. Military adventure, starring John Wayne, David Janssen, Jim Hutton and Aldo Ray.

Cast & Crew

Colonel Mike Kirby John Wayne
George Beckworth David Janssen
Sergeant Petersen Jim Hutton
Sergeant Muldoon Aldo Ray
Doc McGee Raymond St Jacques
Colonel Morgan Bruce Cabot
Captain Nim George Takei
Sergeant Provo Luke Askew
Colonel Cai Jack Soo
Lieutenant Jamison Patrick Wayne
Lin Irene Tsu
Director John Wayne
Director Ray Kellogg
Director Mervyn LeRoy
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, edited for language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray