YMMV / The Green Berets

  • Critical Dissonance: Almost universally hated by critics (Roger Ebert awarded it zero stars), 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.
  • Executive Meddling: 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 Vietnamnote .
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The whole damn thing, but especially the ending.
  • Narm/So Bad, It's Good: The entire film could have this effect on people who've been in The Vietnam War. Gustav Hasford writes in his semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers (the basis for Full Metal Jacket) 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."
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: John Wayne attributed the commercial success of the movie to the shellacking it took from critics, making back its entire $8 million budget in three months.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: A choral arrangement of "Ballad of the Green Berets" used at the beginning.