December 23, 1987 (limited)
January 15, 1988 (wide)
November 10, 1998 (original release)
January 10, 2006 (special edition)
January 17, 2012 (25th anniversary - pre-order )
Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners III
Buena Vista Pictures
Lt. Steven Hauk
Robin Williams shakes up 1965 Saigon in the role the critics agree he was born to play: irreverent, non-conformist deejay Adrian Cronauer. Imported by the Army for an early a.m. radio show, Cronauer blasts the formerly staid, sanitized airways with a constant barrage of rapid-fire humor and the latest tunes from back home. The G.I.s love him - but the top brass is outraged!
Robin ad-libbed every broadcast in this film.
GOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, VIETNAM!!! Hey, this is not a test, this is rock 'n' roll. Time to rock it from the Delta to the DMZ. Is that me or does it sound like an Elvis Presley movie? Viva Da Nang. Oh, viva Da Nang! Da Nang me, Da Nang me, why don't they get a rope and hang me? Hey, is it too early for being so loud? Hey, too late. It's oh-six-hundred, what's the "oh" stand for? Oh, my God, it's early!
Hey, can you tell me what's your name? "My name is Roosevelt E. Roosevelt." Roosevelt, what town are you stationed in? "I'm stationed in Poontang." Well, thank you, Roosevelt. What's the weather like out there? "It's hot! Damn hot! Real hot! Hottest things is my shorts. I could cook things in it. A little crotch pot cooking." Well, tell me what it feels like. "Fool, it's hot! I told you again! Were you born on the sun? It's damn hot! It's so damn hot, I saw little guys, their orange robes burst into flames. It's that hot! Do you know what I'm talking about?" What do you think it's going to be like tonight? "It's gonna be hot and wet! That's nice if you're with a lady, but ain't no good if you're in the jungle!" Thank you, Roosevelt.
Seeing as how the VP is such a VIP, should we keep the PC on the QT, 'cause if it leaks to the VC, he could end up a MIA and we'd all be put on KP.
We're talking out in the field today. Hi, what's your name? "My name's Bob Fliber!" Bob, what do you do? "I'm in the artillery!" Thank you, Bob. Listen, can we play anything for you? "Anything! Just play it loud! Okay?"
You know, I have to admit something to you. I just came from Crete with women that look like Zorba. Whoo! Thank you. "Those girls are just so pretty." Gomer, are you here in Vietnam? "Yes, I am! Surprise, surprise, surprise!" Lyndon, why did you name your daughter 'Lynda Bird'? "Because Lynda Dog would be too cruel. You know if you pick 'em up by their ears it doesn't hurt 'em as much." "Oh, you're going straight to hell for that one! Watch out, o'er there!" Here's an incredible coincidence. Ho Chi Minh, Colonel Sanders--actually the same person? You be the judge. Our lines are open. Something real special right now. We've got our traffic report out there on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. How's it going up there? "Adrian, it's not exactly well. There's a water buffalo jackknifed up there. It's not a pretty picture. There's horns everywhere. I don't know what to say. We're gonna drop a little napalm there and try 'n' cook 'im down. Have a little barbecue."
We've got a special man in the audience today right now. It's Mr. Leo. He's a fashion consultant. "Thank you, I'm just very happy to be here. I want to tell you something." What's that? "You know, this whole camouflage thing, for me, doesn't work really well." Why is that? "Because if you go in the jungle, I can't see you. You know, it's like wearing stripes and plaid. For me, I want to do something different. You go in the jungle, make a statement. If you're going to fight, clash. You know what I mean?"
Picture a man going on a journey beyond sight and sound. He's left Crete, he's entered the Demilitarized Zone. All right. Hey, what's this "demilitarized zone"? What do they mean "police actions"? Sounds like a couple of cops in Brooklyn going, "You know, she looks pretty to me." Hey, whatever it is, I like it because it gets you on your toes better than a strong cup of cappuccino. What's a demilitarized zone? Sounds like something out of 'The Wizard of OZ'. "Oh, no, don't go in there!" "Oh-wee-oh. Ho Chi Minh." Oh, look you've landed in Saigon. You're among the little people now. We represent the ARVN army. The ARVN army. Oh, no, follow the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Follow the Ho Chi Minh Trail. "Oh, I'll get you my pretty!" Oh, my God, it's the wicked witch of the north. It's Hanoi Hannah! "Now, little G.I., you and your little 'tune-ooh' too.!"
Time to rock it from the Delta to the DMZ!
The wrong man. In the wrong place. At the right time.
In 1965, military D.J. Adrian Cronauer was sent to Vietnam to build morale. His strategy: keep 'em laughing. His problem: staying out of trouble.
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April 9, 1987 - unknown
April 21, 1988
May 19, 1988
September 7, 1988
September 8, 1988
September 9, 1988
September 15, 1988
September 30, 1988
October 7, 1988
October 15, 1988
Boker Tov Vietnam
Bom Dia Vietnã
Bom Dia, Vietname
Bonjour Vietnam (French title)
Hyvää huomenta, Vietnam
Limited: $194,308 (4 theaters)
Wide: $11,752,913 (785 theaters)
about 24 weeks
Nom - 1988 - Best actor in a leading role (Robin)
Won - 1988 - Best performance by an actor (Robin)
Won - 1988 - Funniest Man in a Motion Picture (Robin)
Won - 1988 - Top Box Office Film
Won - 1988 - Peace
Won - 1988 - Special Award