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Things Fall Apart (January-June 1968) 

Shaken by the violence of the Tet Offensive, assassinations of leaders and domestic unrest, Americans begin to doubt President Lyndon B. Johnson's promise that victory in Vietnam is near and he ultimately decides not to seek reelection.

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Ken Burns, Lynn Novick
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Episode credited cast:
Peter Coyote ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Brady Philip Brady ... Himself - Marine Advisor
Ellsworth Bunker Ellsworth Bunker ... Himself - U.S. Ambassador (archive footage)
Stokely Carmichael ... Himself - Blackpower (archive footage)
Johnny Carson ... Himself - Host of The Tonight Show (archive footage)
Carol Crocker Carol Crocker ... Herself
Walter Cronkite ... Himself - Anchorman CBS (archive footage)
Cao Xuan Dai Cao Xuan Dai ... Himself - N. Vietnamese Army
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
Ron Ferrizzi Ron Ferrizzi ... Himself - Army
Leslie Gelb Leslie Gelb ... Himself - Pentagon
Phil Gioia Phil Gioia ... Himself - Army
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Shaken by the violence of the Tet Offensive, assassinations of leaders and domestic unrest, Americans begin to doubt President Lyndon B. Johnson's promise that victory in Vietnam is near and he ultimately decides not to seek reelection.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

24 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Florentine Films See more »
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16:9 HD
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Closeup video of TEAC tape recorder while President Johnson is speaking is reversed (mirror image). Reel-to-reel tape recorders, when played, rotate reels counterclockwise, not clockwise. You can also see that the AMPEX brand name on the plastic reel is backward. See more »

Soundtracks

Summertime
Written by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward
Published by Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
and Nokawi Music and Songs Music Publishing LLC
o/b/o Frankie G. Songs (ASCAP),
DuBose and Dorothy Heward Memorial Fund Publishing (ASCAP)
Administered by Songs of SMP (ASCAP)
Performed by Janis Joplin
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Things Fall Apart (January-July 1968)
23 October 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

In 1968 America is heading for disturbance at home. There is civil rights disobedience, the tensions of the war is causing a ripple effect domestically. There seems to be lurch towards violence internationally with student protests around the world. The period of this episode sees the assassination of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.

As for Vietnam, the Vietcong launch a tactical offensive during the lunar new year celebrations. An attack on Saigon and other regional cities. It ultimately failed but as newscaster Walter Cronkite observed there would be no victory or defeat for America, just a brutal stalemate.

LBJ weary of spinning the news media decided not to seek re- election. The American soldiers were frustrated and fatigued, we see one of them being interviewed and how resentful he was when a female journalist asked him how he felt.

The episode does not shy away from asking the former Vietcong about their own humiliation, the atrocities committed on innocent villagers as mass graves were uncovered.


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