A startling and courageous landmark documentary that unflinchingly confronted the United States' involvement in Vietnam at the height of the controversy that surrounded it.


Peter Davis
Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





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


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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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 »


[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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29 April 2004 | by worldtyrantSee all my reviews

Hearts and Minds holds much relevance for the post- Sept-11 world.

Although this film concerns itself with the Vietnam War, it is really about war in general. It explores the reasons America behaves the way it does towards other countries and towards itself, without having to come right out and tell you. It is the old writers credo, "Show, don't tell." The film bears multiple viewings, and you discover something new every time. Anybody who has loved ones in the military, and anybody who is "involved" in politics will be interested in watching this.

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Release Date:

17 November 1975 (Sweden) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Linden, New Jersey, USA See more »


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$8,556, 24 October 2004

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