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The Vietnam War 

A comprehensive history of the United States' involvement in the bitterly divisive armed conflict in Southeast Asia.
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Top Rated TV #18 | Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »


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Series cast summary:
Peter Coyote ...  Narrator 10 episodes, 2017
Huy Duc Huy Duc ...  Himself - N. Vietnam / ... 8 episodes, 2017
Duong Van Mai Elliott Duong Van Mai Elliott ...  Herself - Saigon / ... 8 episodes, 2017
James Willbanks James Willbanks ...  Himself - Army / ... 8 episodes, 2017
Leslie Gelb Leslie Gelb ...  Himself - Pentagon 7 episodes, 2017
Karl Marlantes ...  Himself - Marines / ... 7 episodes, 2017
John Musgrave John Musgrave ...  Himself - Marines / ... 7 episodes, 2017
Nguyen Ngoc Nguyen Ngoc ...  Himself - N. Vietnamese Army / ... 7 episodes, 2017
Bao Ninh Bao Ninh ...  Himself - N. Vietnamese Army / ... 7 episodes, 2017
Phan Quang Tue Phan Quang Tue ...  Himself - Saigon 7 episodes, 2017
Carol Crocker Carol Crocker ...  Herself / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Roger Harris Roger Harris ...  Himself - Marines / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Hal Kushner Hal Kushner ...  Himself - Prisoner of War / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Bill Zimmerman ...  Himself - Anti-war Activist / ... 6 episodes, 2017
Bui Diem Bui Diem ...  Himself - S. Vietnamese Diplomat 5 episodes, 2017
Bill Ehrhart Bill Ehrhart ...  Himself - Marines / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Ron Ferrizzi Ron Ferrizzi ...  Himself - Army / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Robert Gard Robert Gard ...  Himself - Army / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Tim O'Brien ...  Himself - Army 5 episodes, 2017
Neil Sheehan ...  Himself - Journalist / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Jack Todd Jack Todd ...  Himself - Montreal / ... 5 episodes, 2017


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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Release Date:

17 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Florentine Films See more »
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16:9 HD
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Edited into 9 episodes in Germany and France See more »


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 »


Referenced in Fyre (2019) See more »

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The most profound piece of film I have seen in years
21 October 2017 | by rzaxlashSee all my reviews

I love documentaries, I'm incredibly interested in wars and I'm biased towards Ken Burns' Docs. So I may be skewed in that regard when I say that The Vietnam War was the most moving thing I have seen on my television set in years, maybe decades. It is an investment. 10 episodes, most of them 2 hours long, at times admittedly redundant, but packed with incredible insight, astounding footage, and all kinds of juicy political revelations. I have heard some criticisms that this documentary leans favorably towards Communism and does not celebrate American soldiers enough. I would beg of anybody to watch this to put aside their political views when watching this beautiful documentary. Many times during my viewings, I thought I had a firm stance on something that occurred during the war and then somebody would come on and share their view on the subject. Immediately, my view was shaken, if not changed altogether. I can't say that the film looks favorably or unfavorably on any particular political party or 'side' if you will. All I can tell you is that everybody, from VietCong farmer, anti-war protesters, prisoners of wars to ambassadors all have plenty of screen time to share their perspective. And in a nutshell, that's what blew me away about this documentary. The different perspectives that arose. I am only convinced of one thing after seeing this documentary, there simply is no answers on this war. And certainly no obvious truths. War is complex, war is hell, war wounds and war heals. You can go into this thing looking to vilify Nixon, slander the VietCong, lambaste antiwar protesters, but I assure you you will walk away having learnt something and fostered a new outlook. Incredibly highly recommended but this is not popcorn and beer viewing. Serious, graphic and powerful stuff. Amazing.

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