A courageous and startling film, Peter Davis’s landmark documentary Hearts and Minds unflinchingly confronts the United States’ involvement in Vietnam, using a wealth of sources—from interviews to newsreels to documentary footage of the conflict at home and abroad.
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One of the great American documentaries and a scathing indictment against the American imperialist oppression against the Vietnamese people. What happen in that war was nothing but a genocide of a people, the slaughter of millions who were battling the foreign occupation of their land. One of the best and most important films of the 1970s.
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.
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
~Dwight D. Eisenhower~
Cutting back and forth between US military officials and Vietnam civilians during the Vietnam war, Hearts and Minds paints of a picture of the separation between those on the sidelines of war and those directly affected by its horrors.