Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

BARRY LEVINSON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1987.  Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners III.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987.

Robin Williams rules this film with his alternately hilarious, witty and touching performance. He plays Adrien Cronauer, a real-life radio host who starts broadcasting from Saigon in 1965 for the armed forces and uses anti-establishment humour and banned music to connect with his listeners. Naturally, the government doesn’t appreciate his guerrilla techniques on the airwaves, and when he starts to announce news bulletins without going through his rigorous censors, he immediately has heat come right down upon him from upstairs. Though the overly romantic off-air antics of the character reek of studio executive interference, the radio monologues (many of them improvised by Williams) are priceless and make the film as memorable as it is.

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