Last Days in Vietnam

Last Days in Vietnam

DVD - 2015
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"April 1975. During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. The United States had only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. With the lives of thousands of South Vietnamese hanging in the balance, those in control faced an impossible choice -- who would go and who would be left behind to face brutality, imprisonment or even death. At the risk of their careers and possible court-martials, a handful of individuals took matters into their own hands. Engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations, they waged a desperate effort to evacuate as many South Vietnamese as possible"--Container.
Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS, 2015
ISBN: 9781627892759
Branch Call Number: 9.597 La
Description: 2 videodiscs (approximately 220 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 28, 2017

Spent two years there; still trying to sort it out; know one thing: the American public--the cowardly scum who reviled us when we returned--all hopefully will die ugly painful deaths. The best of America went to Vietnam and about a third of those saw combat; some of us all day every day. Just happened across this incredibly well-done film of the last days. I finally published my book, To Cratisto, in 2008. There are so many lies about the Vietnam War still being put out--like the pos the lying liberal scum Ken Burns is trying to make money on--which I won't bother to watch. Watch this film and you will understand why those of us who served feel that we betrayed the South Vietnamese: just like the American people betrayed us--and have never had the decency to apologize.

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.

Mar 01, 2016

Insightful documentary - worth watching and understanding

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.

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.

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!!!!!!!!

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.

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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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."

May 11, 2015

As we began to contemplate
evacuation, the question, the burning question was, "Who goes, and who gets left behind?"
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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