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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
Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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During his Oscar acceptance speech producer Bert Schneider read a letter from the head of the Viet Cong lauding his film. Bob Hope prompted Oscar host Frank Sinatra to disclaim any political statements that had been made during the show. See more »

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[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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"Hell no, we won't go"!
13 May 2002 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

Very good piece on the horrors of war and the stupidity which causes them. Lots of good interviews with former gung-ho jarheads who are now armless, without legs, or sitting forever in wheelchairs. Several clips from interviews with politicos of the era in which one man even went so far as to admit the entire war was a gargantuan error: "I couldn't have been more wrong in my assessment of the situation" was his comment. We really are led by fools. Other footage showed the ravages of the Viet people themselves - not just a bunch of dinks - who lost homes, families, and entire villages. The most telling scene for me was of the 2 parents mouthing their patriotic "he died fighting for freedom" gibberish in defense of a useless war which took their son away forever. Maybe this was merely their own defensive mechanisms at work but it made them appear so painfully ignorant of what was going on around them. This should be viewed by all, especially those who were around at the time and remember all the conflicting emotions.


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