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In the Year of the Pig (1968)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 26 February 1969 (USA)
A documentary chronicling the background to, and history of, the Vietnam War.

Director:

Emile de Antonio
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Harry S. Ashmore Harry S. Ashmore ... Himself - Chairman: Center for Democratic Institutions
Daniel Berrigan Daniel Berrigan ... Himself
Joseph Buttinger Joseph Buttinger ... Himself - France
William R. Corson William R. Corson ... Himself - USMC, CIA
Philippe Devillers Philippe Devillers ... Himself - France
David Halberstam ... Himself - New York Times
Roger Hillsman Roger Hillsman ... Himself - Asst. Secretary of State
Jean Lacouture Jean Lacouture ... Himself - France
Kenneth P. Landon Kenneth P. Landon ... Himself - State Dept
Thruston B. Morton Thruston B. Morton ... Himself - US Senator
Paul Mus Paul Mus ... Himself - Yale University
Charlton Osburn Charlton Osburn ... Himself - State Dept., 1946
Harrison Salisbury Harrison Salisbury ... Himself - New York Times
Ilya Todd Ilya Todd ... Himself - Reporter: Le nouvel observateur
John Toller John Toller ... Himself - Green Berets, Deserter
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Produced at the height of the Vietnam War, Emile de Antonio's Oscar-nominated 1968 documentary chronicles the war's historical roots. With palpable outrage, De Antonio (Point of Order, Underground) assembles period interviews with journalists, politicians, and key military personnel and international newsreel and archival footage to create a scathing chronicle of America's escalating involvement in this divisive conflict. The savage and horrific images speak for themselves in perhaps the most controversial film of de Antonio's career, and the film he cites as his personal favorite. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Ano do Porco See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Featured in Underground (1976) See more »

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De Antonio's Masterpiece of Anti-American Documentary
11 October 1999 | by mr.smith-2See all my reviews

In The Year of the Pig is as important to narrative cinema as it is to documentary cinema. The raw and powerful anti-Vietnam (note- De made the film in 1968 and not in the 80's or 90's like directors such as Stone or Kubrick) documentary is composed of archival footage, interviews done by De himself, and an amazing soundtrack done by a student of avant-garde composer John Cage. De first tackled didactic montage in Point of Order and he all but masters it in this film. Imagine this- war torn American soldiers, legless and bloody, being carried off the battlefield while "Old Glory" is being played on timbas and other Indonesian instruments. It is so anti-American, anti-War, and brilliant. This film is a seminal piece of work in the New American Cinema and should be preserved for generations to come.


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