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Hearts and Minds (1974)

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A documentary of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam war.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Clark Clifford ...
Himself (aide to President Truman 1946-1950; Secretary of Defense 1968-1969) (uncredited)
George Coker ...
Himself (POW 1966-1973) (uncredited)
Kay Dvorshock ...
Herself (uncredited)
Daniel Ellsberg ...
Himself (former aide, Defense Dept., Rand Corp.) (uncredited)
Randy Floyd ...
Himself (uncredited)
J. William Fulbright ...
Himself (U.S. Senator, Chairman Foreign Relations Committee) (uncredited)
Brian Holden ...
Himself (uncredited)
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Himself (President of the United States) (archive footage)
William Marshall ...
Himself
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This film recounts the history and attitudes of the opposing sides of the Vietnam War using archival news footage as well as its own film and interviews. A key theme is how attitudes of American racism and self-righteous militarism helped create and prolong this bloody conflict. The film also endeavors to give voice to the Vietnamese people themselves as to how the war has affected them and their reasons why they fight the United States and other western powers while showing the basic humanity of the people that US propaganda tried to dismiss. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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17 November 1975 (Sweden)  »

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Corações E Mentes  »

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$8,556 (USA) (22 October 2004)

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$28,287 (USA) (12 November 2004)
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A temporary restraining order was lifted (22nd January 1975) against a section of film that concerned Walt Rostow (national security advisor to Lyndon Johnson). Claiming that the interview of himself may damage his image. See more »

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Gen. William Westmoreland: The Oriental doesn't put the same high price on life as does the Westerner. Life is cheap in the Orient.
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Vietnam as a war of aggression and Ne-colonialism
10 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The only fully honest movie or documentary I've seen on the Vietnam War. Several movies show the suffering of U.S. soldiers who fought or were wounded in Vietnam, or readily admit that the war effort was flawed - e.g., former Secretary of Defense Bob McNamara in "The Fog of War." But none that I know of tell us what was really behind the war and how it divided the country between the jingoist or conformist hawks and the people of conscience who could not support such a bloody Ne-colonial war of aggression - "aggression," not an honest "mistake" that our media portray.

It showed the Vietnamese people in their humanity, patriotism, and incredible courage in the face of crucifixion by an utterly awesome U.S. war machine. Unfortunately, the documentary's message got lost or was never seen by millions of Americans who are still in denial about what Vietnam stood for - a denial that permits the kind of character assassination by the "swiftboat veterans" that may have cost John Kerry the election in 2004.


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