Good Morning, Vietnam
Filmfest 2006

What is inspired about the film, which contains far and away the best work Williams has ever done in a movie, is that his own tactics are turned against him. The director, Barry Levinson, has created a character who is a stand-up comic – he's a fast-talking disc jockey on Armed Forces Radio during the Vietnam War, directing a nonstop monologue at the microphone. We don't know where he comes from, what he did before the war, whether he has ever been married, what his dreams are, what he's afraid of. Everything in his world is reduced to material for his program. Levinson used Mitch Markowitz's script as a starting point for a lot of Williams' monologues, and then let the comedian improvise. Then he put together the best parts of many different takes to create sequences that are undeniably dazzling and funny.

tags: Feature film

Cast: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Bruno Kirby, Robert Wuhl, J.T. Walsh

Credits

Director: Barry Levinson