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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Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War, a 26-part Canadian television documentary on the Vietnam War, was produced in 1980 by Michael Maclear. The series aired in Canada on CBC Television, in the United States and in the United Kingdom on Channel 4. Maclear visited Vietnam during the production of the series and had access to film material there. He was the first Western journalist allowed to visit that area since the war. The documentary series was consolidated into 13 hour-long episodes for American television syndication. The series was released on videocassette format by Embassy and won a National Education Association award for best world documentary. Series writer Peter Arnett was an Associated Press reporter in Vietnam from 1962 to 1975. CBC aired only 18 of the episodes during the 1980-81 season because the series production was incomplete. The remaining episodes were broadcast during CBC's 1981-82 season. British audiences saw the series during Channel 4's 1984-85 season. Written by Elmer Gilman

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The whole nine yards about the Vietnam conflict.
26 September 2000 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

Without question the finest most thorough documentary about the entire Vietnam conflict. The years from 1945 until the fall of Saigon in 1975 are covered with scores of interviews, newsreel footage and photos. Each episode deals with a specific part of the conflict i.e. The Air campaign, The Guerilla war, the American homefront, The French involvement etc. Narrated superbly by Richard Basehart this is to the Vietnam conflict what Ken Burns The Civil War was to that conflict.


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