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Hearts and Minds (1974)

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An examination of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam War.

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Peter Davis
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tin Chan Tin Chan ... Himself (as Faither Chan Tin - Saigon)
Chau Diem Chau Diem ... Himself - Editor of Trinh Bay Magazine
Ngo Dinh Diem Ngo Dinh Diem ... Himself (President of South Vietnam) (archive footage)
John Foster Dulles John Foster Dulles ... Himself (Secretary of State 1953-1959) (archive footage)
Kay Dvorshock Kay Dvorshock ... Herself
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (President of the United States) (archive footage)
David Emerson David Emerson ... Himself - Concord, Massachusetts
Mui Duc Giang Mui Duc Giang ... Himself - Coffin Maker
Chi Minh Ho Chi Minh Ho ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Hoey Charles Hoey ... Himself - Air Force, Saigon
Stan Holder Stan Holder ... Himself - Corporal, Placitas, New Mexico
Jerry Holter Jerry Holter ... Himself - Air Force, Saigon
Vo Thi Hue Vo Thi Hue ... Herself - Hung Dinh Village
Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)
John F. Kennedy ... Himself (President of the United States) (archive footage)
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Storyline

This film recounts the history and attitudes of the opposing sides of the Vietnam War using archival news footage as well as its own film and interviews. A key theme is how attitudes of American racism and self-righteous militarism helped create and prolong this bloody conflict. The film also endeavors to give voice to the Vietnamese people themselves as to how the war has affected them and their reasons why they fight the United States and other western powers while showing the basic humanity of the people that US propaganda tried to dismiss. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Documentary | War

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Vietnamese

Release Date:

17 November 1975 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Hearts and Minds See more »

Filming Locations:

Linden, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,556, 22 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,754, 31 December 2004
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a Moviefone interview, Michael Moore cites this as one of his inspirations to begin making films. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Clark Clifford, Aide to President Truman: When the second World War was over, we were the one great power in the world. The Soviets had a substantial military machine; but, they could not touch us in power. We had this enormous force that had been built up. We had the greatest fleet in the world. We come through the War economically sound. And, I think that in addition to feeling a sense of responsibility, we also began to feel the sense of a world power - that possibly we could control the future of the world.
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Crazy Credits

The listed translators credited in the movie (Le Thai To, Trung Trac, Le Thanh Tong and Trung Hung Dao) were all Vietnamese generals who had defeated the Chinese in various times from the first century C.E., to the fifteenth century C.E. The translator listed as Nguyen Ai Quoc was an early alias of Ho Chi Minh, founder of the Vietnamese Communist Party. I have no knowledge of the last listed translator, Barbara Gore. Apparently, someone played a good joke on the producers of this film, if it wasn't the translators themselves. See more »

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Vietnam as a war of aggression and Ne-colonialism
10 April 2005 | by fellini8See all my reviews

The only fully honest movie or documentary I've seen on the Vietnam War. Several movies show the suffering of U.S. soldiers who fought or were wounded in Vietnam, or readily admit that the war effort was flawed - e.g., former Secretary of Defense Bob McNamara in "The Fog of War." But none that I know of tell us what was really behind the war and how it divided the country between the jingoist or conformist hawks and the people of conscience who could not support such a bloody Ne-colonial war of aggression - "aggression," not an honest "mistake" that our media portray.

It showed the Vietnamese people in their humanity, patriotism, and incredible courage in the face of crucifixion by an utterly awesome U.S. war machine. Unfortunately, the documentary's message got lost or was never seen by millions of Americans who are still in denial about what Vietnam stood for - a denial that permits the kind of character assassination by the "swiftboat veterans" that may have cost John Kerry the election in 2004.


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