Good Morning, Vietnam
A few weeks back we expressed our love for Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket… which got us thinking about another of our favorite Vietnam-era films, Robin Williams’ Good Morning, Vietnam.
Like Jacket, it’s really two, two TWO! films in one. First half? Happy, hilarious, and light-hearted. Second half? Man, does it get dark with a bang (literally… it all starts with the bombing of Jimmy Wah’s.)
Williams was at the top of his game as Adrian Cronauer, an airman who gets his seat behind the mic on Armed Forces Radio. Not content to just keep playing good ol’ Percy Faith, he decides to shake things up a bit–– playing rock and roll, doing impressions of everyone from Lawrence Welk to Gomer Pyle, and generally causing quite the ruckus.
…much to the dismay of (the late, great) Bruno Kirby, who was fantastic as the no-nonsense Lt. Steven Hauk.
Good Morning, Vietnam earned only one Oscar nomination (Williams, for Best Actor), but it finished up 1987 as the 4th biggest movie, bringing in more than $120 million.
It may not have been that close to Cronauer’s real-life story, but it was damn-sure entertaining.
“You know, you’re in more dire need of a blowjob than any white man in history.”
We ♥ Good Morning Vietnam.