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Hearts And Minds Review


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Peter Davis's Hearts and Minds is an archetypal "important" documentary about the war in Vietnam. It's very sympathetic to the Vietnamese (which I am not saying is a bad thing), damning the war and the government to the point where I'm surprised it wasn't somehow censored on release.

Many of Davis's interviews are damning -- soldiers, former government officials, and draft dodgers -- but it's his chats with Vietnamese nationals that do the worst. One man is shown building coffins for children. Another cries that Nixon has murdered his two children and his mother. The archival footage of burning huts, air raids, Agent Orange sprayers, etc. only make his case even stronger.

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