Film Score Monthly
Screen Archives Entertainment 250 Golden and Silver Age Classics on CD from 1996-2013! Exclusive distribution by SCREEN ARCHIVES ENTERTAINMENT.
Sky Fighter Wild Bunch, The King Kong: The Deluxe Edition (2CD) Body Heat Friends of Eddie Coyle/Three Days of the Condor, The It's Alive Ben-Hur Nightwatch/Killer by Night Gremlins
Forgot Login?
All Titles
Graphical | Text Only
Recent Releases
Graphical | Text Only
Golden Age Classics
Graphical | Text Only
Silver Age Classics
Graphical | Text Only
Retrograde Records
Graphical | Text Only
Box Sets
Graphical | Text Only
Digital Classics
Graphical | Text Only
Site Map
Visits since
February 5, 2001:
© 2024 Film Score Monthly.
All Rights Reserved.
Return to FSM CDs Previous CD | Next CD
The Green Berets (1968)
Music by Miklos Rozsa
The Green Berets The Green Berets
Click to enlarge images.
Price: $19.95
Limited #: 4000
View CD Page at SAE Store
Line: Silver Age
CD Release: September 2002
Catalog #: Vol. 5, No. 14
# of Discs: 1

The Green Berets (1968) was a highly personal project by actor and American icon John Wayne. The film was the first major Hollywood production to address the Vietnam War, and its pro-war sentiments are still controversial today. Loosely based on the 1965 book by Robin Moore, the film tells the somewhat fanciful exploits of a squadron of elite American troops who defend an American encampment against Viet Cong guerrillas and then undertake the daring kidnapping of a North Vietnamese general. Wayne co-directed with Fred Kellogg (and, uncredited, Mervyn LeRoy), and led a cast of familiar faces including Jim Hutton, Aldo Ray, David Janssen and George Takei.

When Miklós Rózsa was asked to score The Green Berets, he said, "I don't do westerns!" He was told, "It's not a western, it's an eastern!" and signed on to provide a traditional, stirring symphonic score. In the face of conflicting genres—war, western, and exotic adventure—Rózsa relied more than anything on his own inimitible style of full-bodied action and suspense to characterize the conflict. The result has thrilled his fans for over 30 years.

The unlikely pop hit by Barry Sadler, "Ballad of the Green Berets," is used in the film's main and end titles (arranged by Ken Darby), but not in any of the interior score. Rózsa instead provides a flavorful concoction of stirring anthems, noirish tension, a jaunty march for Jim Hutton's comic relief character, and several pieces of Asian-styled source music (including authentic instrumentation). His pulsating theme for the Viet Cong is only shades removed from a Native American war chant—but this is a film, after all, where the sun sets in the East.

Rózsa's score to The Green Berets is presented in complete, chronological form. The extensive liner notes are by Jeff Bond and Lukas Kendall. Due to licensing restrictions, we regret the absence of motion picture artwork in the packaging for this CD, but the music is all present and accounted for in spectacular stereo sound.

Miklos Rozsa Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Hungarian-born Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995) is a titan of film music. Responsible for such classic scores as Spellbound, Ben-Hur, King of Kings, El Cid and many others—from biblical epics to 1940s films noir to historical dramas—his signature style is one of the most pleasing and dramatic in film. He was under contract to M-G-M from 1948 to 1962 and FSM has released a great deal of this classic music; also available are his latter-period scores such as The Green Berets and Time After Time.IMDB

Comments (1):Log in or register to post your own comments

Going out of print soon—less than 125 in stock.

Don't let the sun set on you (in the east!)


Track List
Click on each musician name for more credits

Leader (Conductor):
Miklos Rozsa

Israel Baker, David Berman, Henry Arthur Brown, Manuel Compinsky, Noumi / Naomi Fischer, David Frisina, Howard W. Griffin, Rene C. Hemery, William Hymanson, Louis Kaufman, Joseph Livoti, Dan Lube, Hillard Lubie, Alfred Lustgarten, Betty Stuka Moor, Alexander Murray, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Jerome Joseph Reisler, Sam Ross, Hans Wippler, Harry Zagon

Dorothy Colton-Pratt, Joseph DiFiore, Albert Falkove, William Hymanson, Maurice Keltz, Virginia Majewski, Joseph Reilich, Milton Thomas

Gregory Bemko, Elizabeth Greenschpoon, Armand Kaproff, Raymond J. Kelley, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Irving Lipschultz, Nino Rosso, Emmet Sargeant, Eleanor Slatkin

Edward Gilbert, Richard D. Kelley, Abraham Luboff, Peter A. Mercurio, Joseph Mondragon, Ray Siegel

James Briggs, Carmine Coppola, Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman), Arthur Gleghorn, Leonard V. Posella

Norman Benno, William Criss

Richard H. Anderson, Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman), Charles Gentry, Gary G. Gray, Donald Raffell, Hugo Raimondi, Arthur C. Smith

Bass Clarinet:
Charles Gentry, Arthur C. Smith

Charles A. Gould, Norman H. Herzberg, Jack Marsh

French Horn:
Arthur E. Briegleb, John W. "Jack" Cave, James A. Decker, David A. Duke, William A. Hinshaw, George W. Hyde, Sinclair Lott, Hyman Markowitz, Gale H. Robinson

Emanuel "Manny" Klein, Clinton "Mickey" McMahan, Uan Rasey, Pincus "Pinky" Savitt, Larry Sullivan, George Werth

John Bambridge, Sr., Hoyt Bohannon, Karl Dekarske, Francis L. "Joe" Howard, Ray Klein, Frank Sullivan, Lloyd E. Ulyate

Ray Siegel

Ingolf Dahl, Raymond Turner

Robert F. Bain, Allen Reuss, Jimmy O. Wyble

Frank T. Messina, Dante A. Varela

Dale L. Anderson, Ralph Collier, Irving Cottler, John Cyr, Milton Holland, Chester Ricord, Louis Singer, Paul Susumu Togawa

Orchestra Manager:
Kurt E. Wolff

Dan Franklin, Joel Franklin (Guzy), Leonard Gordon, Arthur W. Grier, Alvin Sanders, Dave Strech, Bill Williams (aka George Davenport), Leonard Edwin Wolstein

© 2024 Film Score Monthly. All Rights Reserved.
Website maintained and powered by Veraprise and Matrimont.