Last Days in Vietnam

Last Days in Vietnam

DVD - 2015
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In the final weeks of the Vietnam War, American servicemen and others begin the difficult mission of evacuating as many friends, family members and South Vietnamese collaborators as possible before Saigon falls to the North Vietnamese.
Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] :, PBS,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781627892759
1627892753
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (220 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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LPL_DanC Apr 27, 2016

An amazing documentary about the fall of Saigon every American should watch, this movie makes a great video companion piece to Viet Thanh Nguyen's novel The Sympathizer, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The initial chapters of The Sympathizer cover the exact time period and events depicted in archival footage and described in the interviews with eyewitnesses featured in Rory Kennedy's (a daughter of RFK's) film. It will haunt you.

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Hopalong_Kid
Mar 01, 2016

Insightful documentary - worth watching and understanding

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hoacornell
Feb 28, 2016

A treasury of film from the
"Last Days of Vietnam". Great camera work under the most difficult situations. These reports are the work of dedicated newsmen, who film the last flights out of Saigon. It is an amazing story.

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tj_is_cool
Nov 10, 2015

Very well done documentary. I feel for the Vietnamese who were at the US embassy but could not get onto the helicopters.

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duane767
Sep 26, 2015

This documentary gave me a clearer - probably the clearest - explanation as to why Viet Nam remains a sore spot for both the Vietnamese and the US to this day. It is incredibly sad how these events which happened forty years ago are actually being replayed again today before our very eyes.

C20T11 Aug 26, 2015

Terrific Documentary.!

real_thing Aug 13, 2015

its deep.survival of the fittest.
as real as real gets!!!!!!!!

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mikeedm
Aug 02, 2015

Tragic end to the American experience in Vietnam portrayed. End of film where woman is walking around Saigon with a red handkerchief around her neck and a pistol in her hand looking for someone to execute was a sign of what was happening in the fallen capital.

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lukasevansherman
Jun 16, 2015

Produced for the "American Experience," this fascinating and heartbreaking documentary focuses on the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, specifically the evacuation of Saigon and the many South Vietnamese attempting to flee as the North approached. It mixes interviews with vets and Vietnamese with archival footage, some of which is extraordinary (a Vietnamese helicopter pilot who dropped his family off on a U.S. ship, then crash landed in the ocean, and bailed out). Producer/director Rory Kennedy (daughter of Robert) avoids voice overs or taking a political position, but rather focuses on the stories of the individuals and the massive refuge crisis that our withdrawal created. This is the most moving aspect of the film and really brings home the human cost of the war. This set included the theatrical version and an extended cut. Nominated for an Oscar.

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jimg2000
May 10, 2015

Watched the extended version ... 40th anniversary on the fall of Saigon, a chronicle on the evacuation of all US personnel, at risk S. Vietnamese and desperate refugees in the final week of April 1975, with interviews of participants of the exodus, news reels and military archives. (The 130k evacuees pales in comparison -- in size and hardship -- to the estimated 800k refugees, who fled in boats and ships, between 1978 and 1979 to camps in Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Hong Kong.)

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jimg2000
May 11, 2015

"The end of April of 1975 was...the whole Vietnam involvement in microcosm...Promises made in good faith, promises broken; people being hurt because we didn't get our act together. You know, the whole Vietnam War is a story that kind of sounds like that.
But on the other hand, sometimes there are moments
when good people have to rise to the occasion and do the things that need to be done. And in Saigon, there was no shortage of people like that."

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jimg2000
May 11, 2015

As we began to contemplate
evacuation, the question, the burning question was, "Who goes, and who gets left behind?"
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The broken promises:
President Nixon pulled out all the stops, and in a letter to President Thieu, he promised that if the North Vietnamese were to substantially violate the terms of the Paris Agreement, the United States would respond with full force. In other words, reenter the war.
McNamara: We were, under the terms of the Paris Agreement, committed to resupplying the South Vietnamese. ... They (Congress) said (To President Ford's request), "No more. No more troops, no more money, no more aid to the Vietnamese."
Captain Herrington (started speaking to us in Vietnamese): Nobody is going to be left behind. When you are in American embassy, you are in American soil. I promise, me and my soldier will be the last one leave the embassy.

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