Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1987. Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners III. Screenplay by Mitch Markowitz. Cinematography by Peter Sova. Produced by Larry Brezner, Mark Johnson. Music by Alex North. Production Design by Roy Walker. Costume Design by Keith Denny. Film Editing by Stu Linder. 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.