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An Unlikely Weapon ()


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In 1968, in 1/500th of a second Eddie Adams photographed a Saigon police chief, General Nygoc Loan, shooting a Vietcong guerrilla point black. Some say that photograph ended the Vietnam war.... See more »

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Eddie Adams ...
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Peter Arnett ...
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Bill Eppridge ...
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Kerry Kennedy ...
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Thi Kim Phuc Phan ...
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Susan Morgan Cooper ... (as Susan Morgan)

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Susan Morgan Cooper ... (screenplay) (as Susan Morgan)

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Cindy Lou Adkins ... co-producer
Susan Morgan Cooper ... producer (as Susan Morgan)

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Kyle Eastwood
Michael Stevens

Cinematography by

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Isaac Hagy

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Isaac Hagy

Editorial Department

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James Mitchell ... supervising editor

Sound Department

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Luke Gibleon ... sound editor
Bret Johns ... sound effects editor
Alan Rankin ... re-recording mixer
Mark P. Stoeckinger ... sound editor
Drew Webster ... re-recording mixer
Kerry Dean Williams ... sound editor
Lars Bjerre ... dialogue denoising (uncredited)

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Steve Drypolcher ... animator
Hiro Murai ... animator

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Crofton Orr ... composer: additional music
Robin Turner ... music supervisor

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Rosemary Rotondi ... researcher

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Plot Summary

In 1968, in 1/500th of a second Eddie Adams photographed a Saigon police chief, General Nygoc Loan, shooting a Vietcong guerrilla point black. Some say that photograph ended the Vietnam war. The photo brought Eddie fame and a Pulitzer, but Eddie was haunted by the man he had vilified. He would say, "Two lives were destroyed that day, the victim's and the general." Other's would say three lives were destroyed. Eddie Adams, like most artists, was tortured by his need for perfection. Nothing he did ever satisfied him. He carved out many careers shooting covers for Life, Time, and even Penthouse. Yet, somehow, he was always pulled back into documenting wars, 13 all together. Finally he hit the wall and couldn't take it anymore. He began shooting celebrities because "It doesn't take anything from you." Eddie was comfortable with kings and coal miners. During his time with Parade magazines he photographed Clint Eastwood, Louis Armstrong, Mother Teresa, and Pope John Paul. Written by Isaac Hagy

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Taglines 1/500th of a second to get the shot...a lifetime to forget it See more »
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  • An Unlikely Weapon (United States)
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  • 85 min
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Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)

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