* CriticalDissonance: Almost universally hated by critics, but a major box office hit and retains a cult following today. Several Green Berets, both past and present, cited it as the reason they wanted to become SF in the first place.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The Pentagon requested edits to the script so that it showed the South Vietnamese as a bigger part of the war effort, and changed the abduction of the North Vietnamese general, which originally featured a cross-border raid into North Vietnam[[note]]Such raids were, of course, happening all the time but they were highly classified.[[/note]].
* HarsherInHindsight: The whole damn thing, but especially the ending.
* {{Narm}}[=/=]SoBadItsGood: The entire film could have this effect on people who've been in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. Gustav Hasford writes in his semi-autobiographical novel ''The Short-Timers'' (the basis for ''Film/FullMetalJacket'') that an audience of Marines was roaring with laughter when they saw the film in Vietnam. Similarly, war journalist John Pilger said about the film: "I had just come back from Vietnam, and I couldn’t believe how absurd this movie was. So I laughed out loud, and I laughed and laughed."
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: John Wayne attributed the commercial success of the movie to the shellacking it took from critics, making back its entire $8 million budget in 3 months.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: A choral arrangement of "Ballad of the Green Berets" used at the beginning.
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