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Sir! No Sir! --  Sir! No Sir! tells the long suppressed story of the GI movement to end the war in Vietnam. This is the story of one of the most vibrant and widespread upheavals of the 1960’s- one that had a profound impact on American society yet has been virtually obliterated from the collective memory of that time.

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If You Ever Wanted To End A War... See more »
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Cast

 
Michael Alaimo ... Himself (archive footage)

Edward Asner ... Colonel Heinl (voice) (as Ed Asner)
Joe Bangert ... Himself (also archive footage)
Tom Bernard ... Himself
Dave Blalock ... Himself
Verna Blossomgame ... Herself
Richard Boyle ... Himself
David Cline ... Himself
Donald Duncan ... Himself
Ed Eskelson ... Himself

Jane Fonda ... Herself (also archive footage)
Louis Font ... Himself

Troy Garity ... Narrator (voice)
Steve Goldsmith ... Himself
Halim Karim Gullahbemi ... Himself (as Elder Halim Gullahbemi)
Oliver Hirsch ... Himself
John Huyler ... Himself (also archive footage)
Terry Iverson ... Himself
John Lamboke ... Himself
Jerry Lembcke ... Himself
Howard Levy ... Himself (as Dr. Howard Levy)
Essie Love ... Herself
Rita Martinson ... Herself (archive footage)
Keith Mather ... Himself (also archive footage)
Don L. May ... Himself (as Don May)
Ron McMahan ... Himself
Louise Monaco ... Herself
Hal Muskat ... Himself
Mildred Parker ... Herself
Greg Payton ... Himself
Randy Rowland ... Himself
Susan Schnall ... Herself
Susan Schnall ... Herself
Bill Short ... Himself
Billy Dean Smith ... Himself
Darnell Stephen Summers ... Himself (as Darnell Summers)
Joseph Urgo ... Himself
Terry Whitmore ... Himself (also archive footage)
Michael Wong ... Himself

Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Henry Kissinger ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sylvester Stallone ... John J. Rambo (archive footage) (uncredited)

Donald Sutherland ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
David Zeiger 
 
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David Zeiger 

Produced by
Peter Broderick .... executive producer
Evangeline Griego .... producer
Louise Rosen .... co-producer
Renee Tod .... associate producer
Aaron Zarrow .... producer
David Zeiger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Buddy Judge 
 
Cinematography by
May Rigler 
David Zeiger 
 
Film Editing by
Lindsay Mofford 
May Rigler 
 
Sound Department
Tucker Stilley .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Chris Kirk .... motion designer
Chris Kirk .... title design
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry Henry .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Huu Duc Nguyen .... associate editor
Bill Bryn Russell .... colorist
Bill Bryn Russell .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Tucker Stilley .... music editor
 
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Deidre Farris .... key production assistant
Phinneas Kiyomura .... production intern
 

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59 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
A "must-see" documentary!, 19 November 2005
Author: Red-125 from Upstate New York

Sir! No Sir! (2005) written and directed by David Zeiger is the "must-see" documentary of 2005. The film tells the story of the GI resistance movement during the Vietnam war.

I'm a Vietnam-era veteran, and I was peripherally involved in the military-based resistance to the war. Although I certainly wasn't an important player, I knew enough about what was happening to attest that the depiction in "Sir! No Sir!" is accurate and balanced. (Most of my own anti-war activity took place when I was off duty and could participate in public peace demonstrations. The GI's who opposed the war when they were on active duty took much greater risks than I did.)

Jane Fonda played a pivotal role in the anti-war movement, and she has a pivotal role in this movie. It's interesting that Ms. Fonda has--no doubt under pressure--retracted some of her statements and apologized for some of her anti-war activities. In the film she is not apologetic about her actions, and she clearly believes that what she did was right. I'm not sure which persona represents the real Jane Fonda. I hope it's the unashamed activist who was trying to save lives--both US and Vietnamese.

The movie spends quite a bit of time discussing the famous story about returning GI's getting spit at by peace activists. I had always accepted this story as true. All the civilian peace activists I knew were in sympathy with the GI's--we opposed the generals and the Commander- in-Chief, Richard Nixon, as well as his chief adviser, Henry Kissinger. However, I assumed that a small splinter group of peace activists really did harass returning GI's.

The film takes the position that the spitting episode never happened--it's an urban legend. I don't know the truth of this matter, but the fact that it may not have happened is certainly something worth thinking about.

I was interested that the word "Iraq" never appeared in the film. However, the implications of this movie are obvious. We are again bogged down in an unpopular war that cannot be won. Before the war on Iraq started, many of us in the peace movement said, "It's going to be another Vietnam. U.S. GI's and Iraqis will die, and the country will be divided." The rest is history, as they say.

In summary, this is an important documentary, whether or not you agree that the GI resistance movement was the correct and proper response to the war in Vietnam. See it and decide for yourself!

 

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