Hearts and Minds ()

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

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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tin Chan ...
Himself (as Faither Chan Tin - Saigon)
Chau Diem ...
Himself - Editor of Trinh Bay Magazine
Himself (President of South Vietnam) (archiveFootage)
John Foster Dulles ...
Himself (Secretary of State 1953-1959) (archiveFootage)
Kay Dvorshock ...
Himself (President of the United States) (archiveFootage)
David Emerson ...
Himself - Concord, Massachusetts
Mui Duc Giang ...
Himself - Coffin Maker
Chi Minh Ho ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Charles Hoey ...
Himself - Air Force, Saigon
Stan Holder ...
Himself - Corporal, Placitas, New Mexico
Jerry Holter ...
Himself - Air Force, Saigon
Vo Thi Hue ...
Herself - Hung Dinh Village
Himself (archiveFootage)
Himself (President of the United States) (archiveFootage)
Himself (U.S. Senator) (archiveFootage)
William Marshall ...
Himself (as Sgt. WIlliam Marshall - Detroit)
Himself (U.S. Senator) (archiveFootage)
Thich Lieu Minh ...
Himself - An Quang Pagoda
Ngoc Loan Nguyen ...
Himself (Chairman Mekong Conglomerate; Former Cabinet Minister) (archiveFootage)
Van Tai Nguyen ...
Himself - Hung Dinh Village
Himself (President of the United States) (archiveFootage)
Don North ...
Himself - ABC News (archiveSound)
K. Barton Osborn ...
George S. Patton IV ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Thi Kim Phuc Phan ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
Nguyen Thi Sau ...
Herself - Former Political Prisoner
Edward Sowders ...
Himself - Army Deserter
Lora Sowders ...
I.F. Stone ...
Himself (archiveSound)
Michael Sulsona ...
Himself (as Mike Sulsona)
Maxwell Taylor ...
Himself (Ambassador to South Vietnam 1964-1965) (archiveFootage)
Ngo Ba Thanh ...
Herself - Political Prisoner
George Trendell ...
Himself (as Sgt. George Trendell)
Vo Thi Tu ...
Herself - Hung Ding Village
Paul Udell ...
Himself - NBC News
Van Khanh Duong ...
Himself - Hung Dinh Village
Georges Bidault ...
Himself (French Foreign Minister in 1954) (uncredited)
Les Brown ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Clark Clifford ...
Himself (aide to President Truman 1946-1950; Secretary of Defense 1968-1969) (uncredited)
George Coker ...
Himself (POW 1966-1973) (uncredited)
Himself (former aide, Defense Dept., Rand Corp.) (uncredited)
Randy Floyd ...
Himself (uncredited)
J. William Fulbright ...
Himself (U.S. Senator, Chairman Foreign Relations Committee) (uncredited)
Herself (film clip from 'My Son John') (uncredited)
Brian Holden ...
Himself (uncredited)
Himself (Director of the F.B.I.) (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Himself (film clip from 'Objective Burma') (uncredited)
Joseph McCarthy ...
Himself (U.S. Senator) (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Robert Muller ...
Himself (former Marine 1st. Lieutenant) (uncredited)
Khanh Nguyen ...
Himself (President of South Vietnam 1964-1965) (uncredited)
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Walt Rostow ...
Himself (aide to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson) (uncredited)
Himself (President of the United States) (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Nguyen Van Thieu ...
Himself (President of South Vietnam) (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
William C. Westmoreland ...
Himself (Commanding General, Vietnam 1964-1968) (uncredited)

Directed by

Peter Davis

Produced by

Tom Cohen ... associate producer
Peter Davis ... producer
Richard Pearce ... associate producer
Bert Schneider ... producer
Mike Burns ... associate producer (uncredited)
Henry Lange ... producer (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Richard Pearce
Lennart Malmer ... cinematographer: North Vietnam (uncredited)

Film Editing by

Lynzee Klingman
Susan Martin

Editorial Department

Antoinette Cooper ... assistant editor
David Davis ... assistant editor
Bonnie Kozek ... assistant editor
Adrian Mosser ... color negative
Charles Musser ... assistant editor

Production Management

Mike Burns ... production manager (as Michael Burns)
Brennon Jones ... production manager

Sound Department

Tom Cohen ... sound
Francis Daniel ... second unit sound
Barbara Kopple ... second unit sound
Carole S. Marner ... second unit sound
Karen Mitnick ... second unit sound
James Nelson ... sound editor
Clair Noto ... dialogue editor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Michael Anderson ... second unit camera
Michael F. Barrow ... head gaffer (as Michael Barrows)
Ralf D. Bode ... second unit camera (as Ralph Bode)
Don Lenzer ... second unit camera
Ed Lynch ... second unit camera
Eugene Marner ... second unit camera

Other crew

Dell Byrne ... historical film research
Pierre Cottrell ... consultant: France
Frank Davis ... feature motion picture research
Tran Hung Duo ... translator
Thomas C. Fox ... consultant: Vietnam
Barbara Gore ... translator
Brennon Jones ... research
Nguyen Si Quoc ... translator
Chips Sowerwine ... consultant: France
Le Thai To ... translator
Le Thanh Tong ... translator
Trung Trac ... translator
Ira Wohl ... production research
David Wyles ... feature motion picture research (as David J. Wyles)
Howard R. Schuster ... financing (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Corações E Mentes (Brazil)
  • Kardies kai pnevma (Greece)
  • Сердца и мысли (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Serca i umysly (Poland)
  • Καρδιές και Πνεύμα (Greece)
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  • 112 min
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Opening Weekend United States $8,556, 22 Oct 2004

Did You Know?

Trivia In a Moviefone interview, Michael Moore cites this as one of his inspirations to begin making films. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Take 2: Vietnam Movies (1980). See more »
Soundtracks 500 Miles See more »
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 »
Quotes Daniel Ellsberg: The question used to be: might it be possible that we were on the wrong side in the Vietnamese War? But, we weren't on the wrong side. We are the wrong side.
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