The Ten Thousand Day War (1980)

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A comprehensive history of the American stage of the Vietnam War.

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Credited cast:
 Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ellsworth Bunker ...
 Himself (US Ambassador to South Vietnam)
Clark Clifford ...
 Himself (Secretary of Defense)
William Colby ...
 Himself (CIA Director)
David Dellinger ...
 Himself (pacifist leader)
John Ehrlichman ...
 Himself (Nixon's senior domestic aide)
Daniel Ellsberg ...
J. William Fulbright ...
 Himself (as Sen. William Fulbright)
 Herself (biographer of LBJ) (as Doris Kearns)
Alexander Haig ...
 Himself (Nixon's Chief of Staff) (as Gen. Alexander Haig)
David Harris ...
 Himself (husband of Joan Baez)
Brian Jenkins ...
 Himself (military analyst)
Robert Komer ...
Melvin Laird ...
 Himself (Nixon's Secretary of Defense)
Henry Cabot Lodge ...
 Himself (US Ambassador to South Vietnam)


A comprehensive history of the American stage of the Vietnam War.

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The complete Vietnam wars in a 16 hour documentary...
11 September 1999 | by (Stuttgart, Germany) – See all my reviews

I ordered this complete mini-series for video a couple weeks ago. It starts with the mostly unknown first ("French") Vietnam war. The French lose the war. The Vietnamese gain independence, but like Korea (or like Germany used to) they are devided by two different systems. Of course the major eye is on the 2nd ("American") war: Though America and his Allies fought heavily, the war was lost. A big reason was the American home-front with its peace movement,but the main cause for the loss of South Vietnam was South Vietnam itself. They thought the Americans would do the whole job themselves alone. America tried as hard as the could, but it was an unequal fight in many ways. The real losers of the war were the 18, 19, 20-year old boys, who were sent to a foreign, unknown country. Most of them didn't really know what they were fighting for, they just did what they were told to.

With a lot of interviews (with members of both sides) and a lot of realism, this series is probably the best Vietnam war documentary.

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