Hearts & Minds

Hearts & Minds

DVD - 2002
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Examines the American involvement in Vietnam, and chronicles the war from a psychological perspective. Includes interviews with General William Westmoreland, former Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford, Senator William Fulbright, Walt Rostow, and Daniel Ellsberg, as well as American Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese leaders. Presidents Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon are shown in rare footage.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2002
ISBN: 9780780025059
0780025059
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([32] p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)
Alternative Title: Heats and minds

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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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