Good Morning, Vietnam; Good Night, Reality

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The New Internationalist September 1988 review of Good Morning, Vietnam recognizes the film as a refreshingly entertaining portrayal of the Vietnam conflict. Robin Williams, playing Air Force Deejay Adrien Cronauer, is given enough leeway in this position to deliver his patented fast-paced and observant humor (surprisingly accurate in regards to period references), while the plot development allows him to flex his dramatic muscles for one of the first times.


The film is fairly accurate in what it does portray: Croanuer is a hot-shot Deejay brought in to entertain (and thereby distract) the troops and is welcomed by his peers while several of his superiors are nervous about his lack of respect for authority. Cronauer blends well enough in his new environment, even taking on a class teaching Vietnamese - although this is to meet a love interest. He befriends the girl's brother, Tuan, fighting to get him into the locally owned G.I. Bar Jimmy Wah's. Cronauer is supended from the air when he ignores the censor by announcing the subsequent bombing of Jimmy Wah's. After his return to radio, Cronauer goes into the field to do remote interviews, unknowingly walking into enemy occupied territory. Tuan finds and rescues Cronauer, who returns to find that he is be reassigned to a different location, due to his involvement with Tuan, who proves to be a Vietnamese guerilla. ...
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