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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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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
 
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Tucker Stilley .... music editor
 
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Deidre Farris .... key production assistant
Phinneas Kiyomura .... production intern
 

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Lessons Lost: GI's Speaking Truth to Power During the Vietnam War, 30 May 2006
Author: (roland@atkinsononfilm.com) from Portland, Oregon, United States

By 1968 the civilian anti-Vietnam war movement was beginning to expand, young men were escaping to Canada to avoid the draft, and former combatants were starting to protest the war. Like most Americans, I had no idea that at the same time there was a snowballing anti-war movement taking place right within the ranks of active duty military personnel.

Awareness of the disconnect between Pentagon and White House rhetoric, on the one hand, and realities on the ground in Vietnam, on the other, especially our massive extermination of civilian lives, began to seep through every pore within the military, prompting protests that were strikingly varied, creative, and, while often made up of small, localized actions, collectively impressive. To the point that by 1971, as one army colonel put it, the active GI anti-war rebellion had "infested the entire armed services."

David Zeiger, writing and directing his first feature for the big screen, does a splendid job of pulling together the stories of participants in this unprecedented, diffuse, largely unorganized, multicentered movement. There are plenty of talking heads, but they aren't experts, they're people reminiscing today about their personal antiwar activities 35 years ago while on active duty. (We also see old shots of these same people when they were young and in uniform.)

We hear from participants in actions as diverse as the following examples indicate: Proliferation of forbidden antiwar newspapers on military bases; Passive refusal to participate in antiriot actions at the 1968 Chicago Democratic Party Presidential Convention; Boycott of a chain of jewelry stores located near military bases that pandered to men about to go to Vietnam (Their selling point: the prospect of dying in Vietnam made it urgent to buy a bauble for your wife or mother now, before you go. The ads were juxtaposed with photos of soldiers who had recently died).

And more: An Air Force Intelligence group based in Thailand that refused to transmit further intelligence because it was being used as a basis for undisclosed Cambodian bombings; A group of active duty Army personnel that swore not to fight, rioting after their mass arrest and incarceration in an overcrowded Army stockade; A physician - a dermatologist - who refused to continue training Special Forces medics to treat skin infections of Vietnamese children – part of a "win the hearts and minds" campaign – once he learned that we were killing untold thousands of civilians by napalm bombing of villages; Pilots refusing to fly bombing raids; The first major mass public testimony by former combatants about atrocities against civilians, at a 3-day conclave in 1971, in Detroit (memorialized in the film, "Winter Soldier").

These stories and many others are told here, involving officers as well as grunts, from every branch of the service. What is so compelling is that the passion of these people has not ebbed despite all the years that have passed, and the many sacrifices and punishments they absorbed consequent to taking a stand. Perhaps there are also people out there who stood up against the war from within the ranks and later regretted doing so. We don't meet any of them.

We do meet Jane Fonda, who reminisces with evident conviction today, about her participation, along with Donald Sutherland and other entertainers, in the unauthorized "FTA" variety shows they conducted near military bases during the Vietnam war, antiwar shows that roused huge crowds as they mocked the Bob Hope tours.

The men and women – inside the military and among civilians throughout this country – who bravely spoke truth to power during and after the Vietnam war gave the U.S. peace movement its best opportunity since the Civil War to acknowledge the costs of war and seek a better way. Western Europe figured it out. But we didn't. Lessons learned became lessons lost. And, God help us, look where we are today. My grade: 8/10 B+.

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