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Cinematic Time Machine: Good Morning Vietnam

Sunday 3rd September


Screen 2

Director: Barry Levinson

Starring: Robin Williams

Rating: 15

UK 1987, 121mins

The screening will be preceded by an introduction from B Film academic Andrew Watts.

Radio funny man Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) is sent to Vietnam to bring a little comedy back into the lives of the soldiers. After setting up shop, Cronauer delights the G.I.s but shocks his superior officer, Sergeant Major Dickerson (J.T. Walsh), with his irreverent take on the war. While Dickerson attempts to censor his broadcasts, Cronauer pursues a relationship with a Vietnamese girl named Trinh (Chintara Sukapatana), who shows him the horrors of war first-hand.

This isnít a biopic - director Barry Levinson doesnít give any detail of Cronauerís life before Vietnam. Instead, itís about Cronauer discovering a better understanding of the war, the people and himself, and it's the sheer frenetic genius of Williamsís largely improvised radio monologues that account for the filmís continued popularity.