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Hearts and Minds (1974)

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An examination of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam War.

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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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

The listed translators credited in the movie (Le Thai To, Trung Trac, Le Thanh Tong and Trung Hung Dao) were all Vietnamese generals who had defeated the Chinese in various times from the first century C.E., to the fifteenth century C.E. The translator listed as Nguyen Ai Quoc was an early alias of Ho Chi Minh, founder of the Vietnamese Communist Party. I have no knowledge of the last listed translator, Barbara Gore. Apparently, someone played a good joke on the producers of this film, if it wasn't the translators themselves. See more »

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Features Objective, Burma! (1945) See more »

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Written by George M. Cohan
Performed by Arthur Fields
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Doesn't pull any punches
17 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

There are certain subjects so horrendous and so important that fictionalizing them, regardless of the good intentions of the film maker, can only trivialize them. "Schindler's List", "JFK" and "The Deer Hunter" come to mind.

Give me a good documentary any time, and this is one of the best.

It takes the silly rhetoric of our leaders and juxtaposes it with images showing the horrendous results of their short-sighted policies.

If you want to know what the VietNam war was really all about, (and why so many of us were against it,) skip "Apocalypse Now", "Go Tell the Spartans" and "Full Metal Jacket" and watch this one.


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