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The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965) 

Fearing Saigon's collapse, President Lyndon B. Johnson authorizes the bombing of North Vietnam, and sends U.S. ground troops to the south.

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Ken Burns, Lynn Novick
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Episode credited cast:
Peter Coyote ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Everett Alvarez Everett Alvarez ... Himself - Navy Pilot U.S.S. Constellation
Charles A. Beckwith Charles A. Beckwith ... Himself - Major U.S. Army (archive footage) (as 'Chargin' Beckwith)
Philip Brady Philip Brady ... Himself - Marine Advisor
Phil Caputo ... Himself - Journalist
Le Quang Cong Le Quang Cong ... Himself - Viet Cong
Carol Crocker Carol Crocker ... Herself - Sister of Denton Crocket
Denton Winslow 'Mogie' Crocker Denton Winslow 'Mogie' Crocker ... Himself - Private First Class
Jean-Marie Crocker Jean-Marie Crocker ... Herself - Gold Star Mother of Denton Crocket
Bui Diem Bui Diem ... Himself - S. Vietnamese Diplomat
Le Duan Le Duan ... Himself - New Leader of N. Vietnam (archive footage)
Huy Duc Huy Duc ... Himself - N. Vietnam
Bill Ehrhart Bill Ehrhart ... Himself - Marines
Duong Van Mai Elliott Duong Van Mai Elliott ... Herself - Saigon (as Duong Van Mai)
Joe Galloway ... Himself - UPI Journalist
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Fearing Saigon's collapse, President Lyndon B. Johnson authorizes the bombing of North Vietnam, and sends U.S. ground troops to the south.

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USA

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English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

19 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Florentine Films See more »
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16:9 HD
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It's My Life
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Who's Minding the Store
22 September 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is about people dealing in death. Politicians seem to live in a world where their images trump (excuse the word) a moral intent. Lyndon Johnson, in retrospect, based his decision making on dealing with a conflict that was never resolvable. What he and his generals and cabinet did was beyond the pale. We are dragged through fields of dead bodies, victimized by people who never had to go to slaughter. And, of course, that ridiculous falling domino business was at the center. Ultimately, it got down to a country where the people would have been happy to see the country unified. If not for imperialism and interference, they would have gone about their business, doing their daily things. No. Some cockeyed politicians with their heads you know where couldn't leave well enough alone.


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