A hard-hitting anti-war expose, aimed at the Vietnam War. By now the sheer folly, criminality, waste, brutality, and stupidity of the Vietnam War is evident, but back in 1974, when this powerful documentary was made, it was a brave step. This film does not pretend to be an even-handed analysis. Like a proto-Michael Moore film, it uses ironic juxtapositions to make its points. It does not counter with Viet Cong atrocities, which have their own foolish brutality, worthy of a similar film. Hearts and Minds ends up being a well-done, entertaining case against war anywhere.
(Just for balance I am eager to see a film making the case that the Vietnam War was a good idea. Nominations wanted.)
Most dramatic moment with General Westmoreland
Hearts and Minds
Peter Davis (II)
1974, 112 min.
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