The Green Berets

Synopsis: U.S. Special Forces troops ("Green Berets") under the command of Colonel Mike Kirby defend a firebase during the Vietnam war. War correspondent George Beckwith accompanies Kirby and objects to both the war and the means by which it is executed. Kirby's firebase is overrun and his troops fight bravely to retake it. Kirby and a select group of his men are then ordered on a special mission to capture a high-level Viet Cong officer.
Genre: Drama, War
Production: Warner Home Video
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
142 min


Detachment, halt!

Left, face!

Parade rest!

I am detachment commander...

...responsible for training

and employment of this detachment.

These compact, highly-trained

detachments may be employed... assist friendly governments

in counterinsurgency operations.

They may also be utilized

in unconventional warfare.

In training, survival under

varying conditions is stressed.

I speak Norwegian and German.

I am Executive Officer.

My duties include the supervision...

...of all administrative

and logistical matters.

In the event the detachment

were to be split into 2 teams...

...I would command one of these.

I speak German and Spanish.

That about covers

the central area, Colonel.

As you know, the C detachment commander

in that area is Colonel Franks.

In the southern area

there has been approximately...

...a 30/ increase in our operational

detachments over the past year.

Sir, since you served

as a C detachment commander...

...I won't elaborate

on the southern corps.

Thank you.

In summation...

...the bulk of our problems seem to be

in the northern areas of the country.

This concludes our briefing.

Any questions?

I think not, Colonel. Thank you,

gentlemen, that will be all.

You stay behind.


Leave the Jeep.

- All right, Mike, what's on your mind?

- What do you mean?

Something's bothering you.


When do you expect me

to take over, sir?

Lmmediately. Why?

When I get over there, they're

going to snow me under with paperwork.

And I'd like to get oriented

to the critical area.

- I want to look at those forward camps.

- How much time do you need?

- I'll need 3 weeks.

- You got it.

And when you see old Cactus Thomas,

who's over there now, give my regards.

Thank you, sir.

Hello, Bill.

Morning, Mike.

Up early?

Not for Airborne.

This yours?

Yes, sir.

- These yours?

- Why don't you ask them?

- Who are you?

- Airborne!

- How far?

- All the way!

- I'll get part of them.

- You always do!

I am combat engineer specialist,

with the same basic knowledge... the engineer sergeant.

I'm cross-trained as medic and weapons.

I speak French and Vietnamese.

I'm radio operator supervisor.

My duties:
Maintaining a communications

link with my next higher detachment...

...and supervising communications

training for native military personnel.

I'm trained in

intelligence and weapons.

I speak Danish and some

Norwegian and English.

Detachment, attention!

Muldoon, take over!

I'm Master Sergeant Muldoon

and this is Sergeant McGee.

Between us, we've had 3 tours

of duty in South Vietnam...

...which makes us experts,

so we've been ordered... volunteer to answer

questions here for you today.

I'm Hume Parkinson.

I happen to be a newspaperman.

Perhaps you can answer a question

many of our subscribers ask.

We'll try.

Why is the United States

waging this ruthless war?

Foreign policy decisions

are not made by the military.

A soldier goes where he is told

and fights whomever he's told to.

You agree with that, Sergeant McGee?

The Green Beret's just a robot

with no personal feelings?

Can I have your name?

- George Beckworth, Chronicle-Herald.

- Thank you, sir.

Sybil Sutton, Washington Sentinel.

Will you please answer that question?

Do they press a button?

Do you do what you're told to do without

any personal feelings or opinions?

We have feelings and opinions.

It's hard not to form them out there.

Everyone knows the South Vietnamese

are fighting and dying for their cause.

As soldiers, we can understand

the killing of the military...

...but the extermination

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James Lee Barrett

James Lee Barrett (November 19, 1929 – October 15, 1989) was an American author, producer and screenwriter. more…

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