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3.6
443 Ratings

Erase and Forget

Directed by Andrea Luka Zimmerman
United Kingdom, 2017
Documentary

Synopsis

Bo Gritz is one of America’s highest decorated Vietnam veterans and the real life inspiration behind Rambo. Filmed over ten years using impressive visual material, Zimmerman’s portrait of Bo embodies contemporary American society in all its dizzying complexity and contradictions.

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Erase and Forget Directed by Andrea Luka Zimmerman

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  • Superfrog's rating of the film Erase and Forget

    Documentary about a vietnam special forces veteran, who balances in between gun loving, army pushing and internationalism and rejection of war. The character is the inspiration for Rambo, apparently. Definitely worth a watch.

  • Isaac's rating of the film Erase and Forget

    Ótimo documentário! Uma biografia do Bo Gritz revela muito dos EUA dos dias atuais, especialmente nas contradições e desconfiança de uma narrativa "segura". A figura de Bo passa uma impressão de simpatia, tristeza e raiva, o que revela que, apesar de seus feitos militares, ele é apenas humano. Um humano aparentemente contraditório, assim como seu governo e a cultura de seu país. A direção e edição estão excelentes.

  • daniellchampion's rating of the film Erase and Forget

    A uniquely shaped portrait of the only man of his kind that saids volumes about many men of our time. A beautiful intersection of media, myth, and experience.

  • Katya Kazbek's rating of the film Erase and Forget

    This is an extremely interesting subject that wasn't handled the best way possible. I mean, yes, you can see the contradictions and complexities of Girtz a bit, but the editing seems sketchy and baffling, and the takeaway is impossible. Documentaries on militias, the far right, and other examples of American extremism are abundant, and unfortunately I've seen better ones.

  • DrFirestone's rating of the film Erase and Forget

    This document lacks focus, it probably is the sign of being 10 years in production... Where it does succeed, however, (whether deliberately or not) is the portrayal of how worshiping violence, combined with nationalism and years of military brainwashing dressed up as patriotism, lead to a gruesome mental distress and dangerous confusion - how violence only brings more violence, escalating into a spiral of madness...

  • Jesse W.'s rating of the film Erase and Forget

    One of the most interesting depictions of a type of person: A dedicated military men whom fought the dirty wars of his government (often referred to as "country"), yet finds much to blame in that government; so his identity changes, though his traumas remain. If you're the least bit interested in foreign policy, the effects of war, modern heroic myths, militarist psychology, and America, check this out.

  • Jegsy's rating of the film Erase and Forget

    Fascinating subject matter clumsily handled. The propaganda spun from the psychopathic Bo Gritz is not deconstructed satisfactorily in terms of American psychopathology and its heinous military industrial complex. Archive footage spliced incoherently with interviews of this highly disturbed individual awarded hero status, frequently loses the narrative. Worth watching, but could’ve been so much better. A shame.

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film Erase and Forget

    Glad to have seen this. Sad though that the gritty production values make the film feel much longer than 88 minutes. Not that slickness is always great, but if the interview footage and sound quality had been on par with Errol Morris' "Fog of War," the film would have been more compelling to watch. Still, Gritz's hard-learned lessons about the hypocrisy of our government make for a fascinating story.