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John Wayne hosts this video which was produced during the Vietnam War when the Communist threat was at its height. | Add synopsis »
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John Wayne ... Himself, host

V.I. Lenin ... Himself (archive footage) (as Nikolai Lenin)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Neville Chamberlain ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Stalin ... Himself (archive footage)
Mark W. Clark ... Narrator (as Mark Clark)
Albert C. Wedemeyer ... Himself
Douglas MacArthur ... Himself (archive footage)
Zedong Mao ... Himself (archive footage)
Enlai Zhou ... Himself (archive footage)
Kai-Shek Chiang ... Himself (archive footage)
Ho Chi Minh ... Himself (archive footage)
Nikita Khrushchev ... Himself (archive footage)
Nguyen Ngoc Tho ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul D. Harkins ... Himself
Barry Sadler ... Himself
Ulysses S. Grant Sharp Jr. ... Himself
Martha Raye ... Herself
Peter Stark ... Himself
Tom Hayden ... Himself
Ezra Taft Benson ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lowell Thomas ... Himself
William C. Westmoreland ... Himself
Sam Yorty ... Narrator

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert F. Slatzer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Lloyd Kaufman (interviews) (re-release)
 
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Ted Yardley .... assistant production manager
 

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2 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Parallels to Today Uncanny, 27 November 2006
Author: brainyidiot from Ann Arbor, Michigan

It's easy to dismiss this propaganda film as right-wing rhetoric because of its pro-military view on fighting an unpopular war. John Wayne was a fervent rightist and believer in the fundamentals of a Constitional Republic. That is--besides being a movie superstar. Mr. Wayne's narrative acts as a sort of lead-in to military leaders who comment about the facts of the warfare and politics of Vietnam as they see them, and the consequences of fighting a war they felt Congress didn't have the will to win. Plus there's mention of the 'Liberal Press' not helping matters much by how they report the news. Sound familiar? "If it bleeds it leads" is still prevalent in the media. Many of the arguments in this film could be shifted to what's going on in the war against terrorism. Could be that the tenets of modern warfare have commonalities in any case when it comes to the defense of freedom. Highlights include archival scenes of air attacks, refugees ritualising with their dead, and a whole spectrum of war-torn Vietnam with the American's being fundamentally the good guys. Whether you agree with this film or not, it's a great curio for propaganda film buffs and can be found for typically a dollar in a cheap DVD bin. The film transfer and sound quality are passable for a color film from 1970. Bonus: Check out John Wayne's bad toupee!

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