Hearts and Minds

Hearts and Minds

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A documentary that unflinchingly confronted the United States' involvement in Vietnam at the height of the foment that surrounded it. Using a wealth of sources, from interviews to newsreels to footage of the conflict and the upheaval it occasioned on the home front, Davis constructs a powerfully affecting picture of the disastrous effects of war.
Edition: Director-approved, dual-format Blu-ray and DVD special edition
ISBN: 9781604658538
Branch Call Number: DVD 959.70433 H3515 2014
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (112 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (44 pages :illustrations ; 17 cm.)
Blu-ray,video file,region A,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Language Note: Closed-captioned


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Originally released in 1974, this documentary uses interviews and news footage to convey the extent of the effects of the Vietnam War at the very moment it was happening.

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Vincent T Lombardo Mar 14, 2016

Controversial but excellent documentary about how government officials deceived us into fighting the Vietnam War. A bit long, a bit tendentious, but, overall, truthful and powerful.

This is a devastating documentary film, the title of which is taken from the label for counterinsurgency doctrine. War is fought not just to conquer enemy territory but to win the hearts and minds of the people. Counterinsurgency usually ends up being more about applying a public relations gloss to a massive use of military force to brutalize and terrorize an occupied country. Most of HEARTS AND MINDS is filmed in the early 1970s after Nixon's policy of "Vietnamization" was put into effect. The U.S. enlisted men saunter around a squalid Saigon haggling with prostitutes. The GIs wear their hair in that longish side-part early '70s style. We tend to forget how hawkish the U.S. was back in Nixontime. Some of the social trappings of the Hippies were integrated into the culture broadly but not the politics of peace & love. The interviews with Walt Rostow and William Westmoreland are truly priceless. They reveal a great deal of arrogance and ignorance.

MuddPuppy Jul 02, 2012

Maybe of special interest to Niles, Ohio Folks.

A few scenes are shot at Mckinley Hight High and 1 or more Niles football game(s) in the early 70s.

Over all I don't recommend this . Yes it won an Oscar for best documentary, but that was more a statement against the Vietnam War than a real win for this movie.


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