A Barry Levinson Film
A Touchstone Pictures Release
Saigon, 1965. Sporting a non-issue uniform and a not-by-the-book attitude, airman disc-jockey Adrian Cronauer arrives in sweltering Southeast Asia to take up his post as morning D.J. on the local Armed Forces Radio network. Brought in by the military to boost morale among the troops, Cronauer wastes little time in launching a few unexpected changes on the government-controlled airwaves.
Abandoning propagandistic news items and an approved playlist of Percy Faith's Greatest Hits for a format of raucous humor and rock 'n' roll, the Adrian Cronauer show becomes a favorite with the enlisted men but a problem for the brass, who grow increasingly agitated by the rowdy radio personality's irreverent remarks and explosive political observations about the escalating war.
Robin Williams stars as Adrian Cronauer in "Good Morning, Vietnam," a new comedy-drama from acclaimed director Barry Levinson. A Touchstone Pictures presentation in association with Silver Screen Partners III, "Good Morning, Vietnam" was produced by Mark Johnson and Larry Brezner from an original screenplay written by Mitch Markowitz. The co-producers are Ben Moses and Harry Benn.
An unconventional story that is loosely based on the real-life experiences of a disc-jockey who had a popular rock 'n' roll show on Armed Forces Radio, "Good Morning, Vietnam" marks a departure from the recent spate of movies that have dealt with the American experience in Vietnam.
Using humor to punctuate the serious nature of the subject matter, Mitch Markowitz' screenplay indelibly captures the pivotal year (1965) when, backed by growing uncertainty and fear, the war became something more than a series of "incidents."