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The Vietnam War 

Epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in history as never told before on film. Visceral and immersive, exploring the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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...  Narrator 10 episodes, 2017
Huy Duc ...  Himself - N. Vietnam / ... 8 episodes, 2017
Duong Van Mai Elliott ...  Herself - Saigon / ... 8 episodes, 2017
Karl Marlantes ...  Himself - Marines / ... 7 episodes, 2017
John Musgrave ...  Himself - Marines / ... 7 episodes, 2017
Nguyen Ngoc ...  Himself - N. Vietnamese Army / ... 7 episodes, 2017
Bao Ninh ...  Himself - N. Vietnamese Army / ... 7 episodes, 2017
Phan Quang Tue ...  Himself - Saigon 7 episodes, 2017
James Willbanks ...  Himself - Army 7 episodes, 2017
Carol Crocker ...  Herself 6 episodes, 2017
Leslie Gelb ...  Himself - Pentagon / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Roger Harris ...  Himself - Marines / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Bill Zimmerman ...  Himself - Illinois / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Bui Diem ...  Himself - S. Vietnamese Diplomat / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Ron Ferrizzi ...  Himself - Army / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Robert Gard ...  Himself - Army 5 episodes, 2017
Hal Kushner ...  Himself - POW / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Neil Sheehan ...  Himself - Journalist 5 episodes, 2017
Jack Todd ...  Himself - Montreal / ... 5 episodes, 2017
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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides-Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. THE VIETNAM WAR features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from ...

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There is no single truth in war.


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Trivia

Robert Kennedy's speech is edited to make it appear he supported the rioting, destruction, and murder committed after MLK's assassination, when in reality he plainly states that violence is not a direction the US should head in. See more »

Goofs

In a number of instances the music is totally out of place, an example being the use of Led Zeppelin's Kashmire (1975) to support content from 1969 and two previously unknown alternate takes of Beatles songs that weren't even released until Anthology (1995) - a full generation after the depicted events. See more »

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Featured in Ken Burns: America's Storyteller (2017) See more »

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Outstanding documentary of Americas forgotten war
25 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

I remember as a child watching the World at war. Till this day it remains the best and most conclusive documentary series of WW2. And in years to come The Vietnam War will have the same effect. This long overdue series takes us right back to the start when the French had colonial rule and how North And South Vietnam came to being. Using archive footage and interviews with troops and political figures from both sides of the conflict this is compulsive viewing, especially for those like me who grew up whilst this war was happening but never really understood what all this meaningless killing was for. At times hard to watch this programme does not shy away from the facts. This was a brutal pointless war and like all wars nobody wins. 10/10


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