The movie Good Morning Vietnam was directed by Barry Levinson and depicts the real life antics of Armed Forces Radio disc jockey Adrian Cronauer, played by comedian Robin Williams. The script was written by Mitch Markowitz, however, most of the humour in the film was improvised by Robin Williams during filming. Although nominated for both the Oscar and Golden Globe for his role (justifiably so), Robin only took home the Golden Globe award for his efforts.
If you are into the late 1960’s and early 1970s pop era, this is the soundtrack for you. Although around 30 songs were used in the film (see chart listing below), only 12 songs were released as a soundtrack. I would have thought that seeing the success of the first soundtrack and that of Dirty Dancing in the same year, Festival Records would have released a second soundtrack to Good Morning Vietnam. I know I would...but hey, what would I know.
The soundtrack went platinum in the US and made it to #10 on the The Billboard 200 Albums Chart and #1 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart. The Louis Armstrong song, “What a Wonderful World” was released as a single and became a top 40 hit twenty years after its original release.
My verdict: 5 stars
Good Morning Vietnam 1987 – The Original Soundtrack
1. Adrian Cronauer (Dialogue)/Nowhere to Run – Robin Williams/Martha Reeves and The Vandellas
2. I Get Around – The Beach Boys
3. Game of Love – Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders
4. Adrian Cronauer (Dialogue)/Sugar and Spice – Robin Williams/The Searchers
5. Adrian Cronauer (Dialogue)/Liar, Liar – Robin Williams/The Castaways
6. The Warmth of the Sun – The Beach Boys
1. Adrian Cronauer (Dialogue)/I Got You (I Feel Good) – Robin Williams/James Brown
2. Adrian Cronauer (Dialogue)/Baby, Please Don't Go – Robin Williams/Them
3. Adrian Cronauer (Dialogue)/Danger! Heartbreak Dead Ahead – Robin Williams/The Marvelletes
4. Five O'Clock World – The Vogue
5. California Sun – The Rivieras
6. Adrian Cronauer (Dialogue)/What a Wonderful World – Robin Williams/Louis Armstrong