Heartbreaking from beginning to end. A series of portraits of those who had their idealism exploited and their lives torn apart, only to come out of it completely broken. The juxtaposition of the U.S. general talking about "Oriental values" with the grieving Vietnamese family was particularly powerful, and infuriating.
Una versión cruda sobre los rezagos de la Guerra de Vietnam. Lo mejor: los testimonios de una serie de ex combatientes que inician su parlamente con una especie de oda al sadismo y alabanza a la política de su país natal, pero que finalizan con una dura crítica hacia sí mismos. Hay una necesidad de representar el desencanto de una sociedad "mutilada".
(rewatch) still the gold standard for the sharp opinion-piece that makes substantial room for the opposite argument. michael moore claims this inspired him to make films, but he has something to learn from its disdain for cheap shots. there's an interview toward the end with two grieving parents who remain steadfast in their support for nixon. davis plays it straight, and their sincerity deepens the sense of tragedy.
Many liberal pundits are drawing distinctions between the early 70s and the 20-teens in America. Two unpopular wars- one that was lied about, and one that has been resolved- that will only be continued due to American Empiralism without giving a damn about the consequences to human life. As an American, it makes me sad to find America keep making the same mistakes. Again.