Good Morning, Vietnam

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

14 mistakes

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Factual error: Sergeant Major Dickerson wears his blue infantry cord on his left shoulder. The cord is correctly worn on the right.


Continuity mistake: When Cronauer first goes with Tuan to see the Vietnamese village, he is wearing a white shirt. In a subsequent shot, the shirt is plaid.


Factual error: The movie is set in Saigon, 1965. Adrian Cronauer plays "What a Wonderful World" by Louis B. Armstrong on his radio show, but the song wasn't recorded until August 16, 1967.


Factual error: The movie is set in 1965. In a Saigon street scene, a Volkswagen of later vintage can be seen driving by. (The larger taillights are the give-away.).

William Hays

Character mistake: When Cronauer and Garlick get stuck in traffic with the Army trucks, Garlick asks the assembled troops to guess who is in the Jeep with him. One of the troops shouts "Mork". Robin Williams played Mork in Mork & Mindy, but not until 1978, well after the setting of this film.


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Factual error: All through the movie Pfc. Garlick is shown trying to turn the key on a jeep that is already running. The reason that this is a mistake is that tactical vehicles (jeeps) do not have ignition keys they have a starter button. So if you want to keep someone from stealing your jeep you padlock the steering wheel.

Factual error: The movie is set in the mid-sixties. During one of Adrian's manic on-air riffs, he repeats "redrum, redrum", obviously borrowed from "The Shining", the book and film of which were released well after the end of the Vietnam War.

William Hays

Continuity mistake: Garlick finds Cronauer sitting at a table with a couple of new friends in a local eatery and stands next to the DJ to tell him he has been reinstated to his job. At one point Cronauer grabs a piece of green salad with his chopsticks and puts it to his mouth and in the next shot from behind, it is the strands of white noodles that can be seen dangling from his lips.

Factual error: In the restaurant after being suspended, Cronauer is seen singing "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by the Supremes. The movie is set in 1965, but the song was not released until 1966.


Factual error: Garlick's eyeglasses would most likely be out of regulation since they are wire framed. Despite him serving in a non-combat role in Vietnam, he should most likely be wearing Gray Cellulose framed ones (commonly called BCGs or Birth Control Glasses).


Factual error: After talking to the troops in the trucks, when the trucks start back up, the noise is a 1980's version of the deuce and a half with a turbo-charger.The trucks in 1965 should have gasoline engines. Most M35s didn't get diesel engines until 1970.


Continuity mistake: Before Adrian Cronauer does his first broadcast on the air, he puts on headphones with a side cord on his right. After a quick cut to another man in a booth, the side cord has moved to the left, and just before the broadcast begins, the cord has moved back to its original position.

Plot hole: It's brought up several times that the kind of music Cronauer is playing is not acceptable. Then why would such records of those songs be at the radio station in the first place?


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Suggested correction: Vinyls contain many songs, even small 45 rpm can contain 4 tracks; so one song might be forbidden or considered unacceptable, but not the rest.

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Factual error: The jeep they are driving into the jungle that gets blown off the road is actually a civilian jeep, as evidenced by the headlight trim rings being mounted on the outside of the grill. Military jeeps have the lights behind the grill to facilitate "blackout" lighting.

Adrian Cronauer: You are in more dire need of a blowjob than any white man in history.

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