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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 4 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 ... 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 ... 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 Baines Johnson ... Himself (archive footage) (as Lyndon Johnson)
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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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, 24 October 2004

Gross USA:

$28,754

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,754
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A temporary restraining order was lifted (22nd January 1975) against a section of film that concerned Walt Rostow (national security advisor to Lyndon Baines Johnson). Claiming that the interview of himself may damage his image. 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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Features My Son John (1952) See more »

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There's a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere
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Written by Paul Roberts and Shelby Darnell
Performed by Wynn Stewart
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Might be too shocking for few
14 January 2004 | by gailb-1See all my reviews

I have never been so shocked and outraged before today when I watched "Hearts and minds". We are shown stunning images of the people of Vietnam suffering from a child crying for his father, from a wife tying to get into the grave with her husband, to two sisters pained by the death of their elder sister. We were shown images of brutality from the enemies of these poor people who had absolutely nothing to show for. Their houses were set on fire, we are even shown images of the Americans kicking a man in his privates and then being smashed in the head by their weapon. It was totally shocking! Americans sleeping with prostitutes and the image that will live with me forever, was that of an American soldier shooting a young man in the head with blood gushing out and yet the camera is still rolling. Don't these people feel any shame? You get American soldiers saying they enjoyed killing those people but after watching images years later of the pain and suffering, they felt regret. It's changed my perspective forever. Something that should not have happened in the first place.


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