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During the final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. The U.S. had only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. With the clock ticking, a number of heroic Americans took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in an effort to save as many South Vietnamese as possible.
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PBSAmerican Experience: Last Days in Vietnam (2 discs) DVD
 
4.8

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Riveting History, Artful Documentation

Rory Kennedy and her staff have produced one of the signiture films about US involvement in Vietnam, and the evacuation of Vietnamese and Americans in 1975. From the resistence of a committed, yet...Read complete review

Rory Kennedy and her staff have produced one of the signiture films about US involvement in Vietnam, and the evacuation of Vietnamese and Americans in 1975. From the resistence of a committed, yet naive US ambassador who never thought South Vietnam would fall, to the Marines who experienced moral reservations about leaving many Vietnamese behind to suffer through brutal education camps, to the US embassy staff who risked their lives to lift as many Vietnamse out of Saigon in last minute courageous acts of heroism, Rory Kennedy allows the flow of her story to seep into our own consciences--getting us to ponder how easy it is to get into a conflict, but how difficult it is to leave. This DVD needs to be in our class rooms, but also in all of those places where policies about war and peace are decided. I saw the pre-release of the documentary this fall, and have not read a single review questioning the accuracy or authenticity of Ms. Kennedy's history. There was a poignant quote by one of the Marines in the film when he said "that I spoke in Vietnamese and even had dreams in Vietnamese." Rory's talent to portray this human struggle will become yet another indelible phase of America's preoccupation with the Vietnamese people.

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Just Okay

I wasn't as impressed with this dvd as I was with other presentations about the Vietnam war. It was okay.

I wasn't as impressed with this dvd as I was with other presentations about the Vietnam war. It was okay.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Factual portrayal-I was there

By "Goldfinger"

from Virginia

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Comments about PBS American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam (2 discs) DVD:

My long time, life long friend from the Vietnam days, contacted me and said "I believe you are in the PBS documentary Last Days in Vietnam a (Pilot Story). The clip he sent confirm his guess. After purchase and viewing, it was unnerving four decades later to relive that moment I've buried with years of sleeplessness. My family along thousands of other were vacuated. You see I was on Gary's last helicopter trip to the (flagship) Blue Ridge. As a result of documentary, I will share with my adult children, grandchildren, family members and friends that I swore never to tell until now. A factual portrayal - I was there.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Shame on Congress

By JD^2

from Winchester, MA

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Comments about PBS American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam (2 discs) DVD:

Almost 5 Star except for slight apparent political bias. Wonderful photographic documents and outstanding historical/documentary comments on the final days in Vietnam. However, the way the US Congress treated the S. Vietnamese was dispicable as well illustrated by what happened in this documentary. My only gripe is that Rory Kennedy used only Republicans in Congress to say that Congress wouldn't support USA aid to --- military, supplie, food, aid in evacuation, whatever to --- rebuff the Paris agreement violation by N. Vietnam, not even help evacuate. Few remember I imagine but after the 1974 Mid-terms the Democrats held nearly 2/3 Majority in House and 61 Senators in the Senate, complete control of the Congress. Shame, shame, shame especially as Kennedy got us into the War and Johnson escalated it and oversaw the most American solder deaths, also not well remembered.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Just Okay

By Cyndee

from Green Valley, AZ

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I wasn't as impressed with this dvd as I was with other presentations about the Vietnam war. It was okay.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A period during the US Vietnam involvement rarely told

By Arnold

from Washington, DC

Comments about PBS American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam (2 discs) DVD:

In most documentaries about the US involvement in Vietnam, the days before and during the April 1975 evacuation is frequently glossed over. Producer Rory Kennedy fills this gap and delves deep into the final days before the US hurriedly and dramatically conducts an evacuation that moves many Vietnamese out of the country before the seizure of the North Vietnamese, but also leaves many behind. This riveting and Oscar nominee for best documentary captures the bungling, but well intentioned ambassador, the loyalty of the military police to the Vietnamese who were employed by the US, and through 8mm footage uncovered by Kennedy in her pursuit of researching the story. I am a former AP reporter in Vietnam in the late 60's, and I can not only confirm much of this story, but also feel the tensions of what happens when it is so easy to get into a war, but so difficult--but this afterall is Kennedy's purposes in crafting this important piece of history.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Vivid Reminder of The Past

By RICO Attorney

from Vancouver, WA

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Comments about PBS American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam (2 discs) DVD:

This program must be studied by all serious students of American foreign policy. Avoidance of war and taking a long hard cold look at reality about American foreign intervention based upon moral considerations is driven home here.

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