Films on the Vietnam War
at Wellesley College

Documentaries on the War
Documentaries on the Anti-War Movement
Feature Films & Television Shows
Films on the Wars in Cambodia & Laos
Films from and about Vietnam Today

Films are in VHS or DVD format unless otherwise indicated.
Annotations are taken mostly from the Wellesley College library catalog descripiton.

Documentaries on the War

The Anderson Platoon [DS557.7 .A5 1990] A 1966 French-made film that follows a U. S. Army platoon for six weeks during the Vietnam War, as the soldiers eat, sleep, fight, gamble, pray and die together. Black and White. Academy Award for best foreign documentary. Very "gritty" in presenting the realities of life and death for the combat soldier. (64 minutes) View excerpt

Another brother [E185.615 .A69 2006] "Tells the story of Vietnam veteran Clarence Fitch. Clarence Fitch was a man of and for his times, an African American who witnessed and took part in events of this country from the turmoil of the sixties through the present decade. Telling a story fraught with both heroism and tragedy, the film uses Clarence's life as a jumping off point to explore a remarkable range of issues -- racism, the Black civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and its aftermath, the scourge of drugs, and finally the AIDS crisis." (50 min.)

The Battle for Dien Bien Phu [DS553.3.D5 B37 1979] Recounts the decisive 1954 battle in which the Vietminh inflicted a devastating defeat on the French forces, leading to France's withdrawal from Indochina and setting the stage for deepened American involvement. (45 minutes)

Battlefield Vietnam (Click to link to the PBS web page for this series) [ DS557.7 .B39 1998] Computer graphics and archival footage illustrate many facets of the various battles of the Vietnam era. Twelve volumes: [v. 1.] Countdown to Tet -- [v. 2.] The Tet offensive -- [v. 3.] Search and destroy -- [v. 4.] Showdown in the Iron Triangle -- [v. 5.] War on the DMZ -- [v. 6.] Siege at Khe Sanh -- [v. 7.] Air war Vietnam -- [v. 8.] Rolling thunder -- [v. 9.] Peace with honor -- [v. 10.] The fall of Saigon -- [v. 11.] Dien Bien Phu, the legacy -- [v. 12.] The undeclared war. (About 60 minutes each)

Be good, smile pretty [ DS559.5 .B42 2004]. A film by Tracy Droz Trago. Chronicles the heart-wrenching journey to understand and cope with the loss shared by the estimated 20,000 American children whose fathers were killed in Vietnam.Weaving emotionally compelling interviews with home movies, stock footage, andfamily photos. Along her journ, Tragos uncovers a 30-year-old mystery, as shecomes to know her father as a man. Untangled from the memory of a war that woundeda nation. Some discoveries are almost too difficult to bear, it is ultimatelythe truth that allows her, and her entire family, to understand and move forward.Special features: extended interviews; photo gallery; resource guide; filmmakerstatement;crew biographies.(56 mins.) Film Website

Bob Hope's entertaining the troops: the Vietnam years [ PN2287.H63 B62 20041-3]. The legend of Bob Hope entertaining American GI's started in May of 1941when the country was at peace. The tradition of spending Christmas with the troopsbegan in 1948. These selections from Bob Hope's world tours include appearancesin Vietnam and many other places from 1964-1972. vol. 1. 1964-1966 (ca. 174min.) -- vol. 2. 1967-1969 (ca. 197 min.) -- vol. 3. 1970-1972 (ca. 170 min.)

Cold War [D840 .C65 1998] Documentary series which examines the Cold War and its influence on history, culture, technology, economics, and the modern psyche. Vol. 6 is on the Vietnam War.

The Cu Chi tunnels [DS559.8.T85 C82 1999] During the war in Vietnam, thousands of people in the province of Cu Chi enlarged a pre-existing system of tunnels, where they lived, loved and made war.

A day of plane hunting/Ṃôt ngày trụ'c chiên. [DS559.8.W6 M67 2000]. Originally produced in 1968. Documentary about the participation of Vietnamese women in the Vietnam War in the areas of agriculture, defense, and child care. 14 mins. Distributed by Third World Newsreel.

Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam [DS559.5 .D43 1987]Documentary account of the Vietnam War from the actual letters of the men and women who served there; also uses home movies, news footage and music of the period. (84 minutes0 View whole film.|||||||| View trailer

The DRV Commission for Investigation of U.S. War Crimes in Vietnam. [DS559.2 .T65 2005] Originally released as a motion picture in 1968 This Vietnamese People's Army documentary film describes the use of elaborate U.S. weapons against civilian targets in Vietnam such as anti-personnel weapons designed to kill human targets while causing minimal damage to buildings, steel pellet bombs that zigzag in all directions and the internationally banned dum-dum bullet. The films also shows the damage caused by these and other weapons, such as napalm and Agent Orange. (29 min.) Distributed by Third World Newsreel.

Ecocide: A Stategy of War [QH545.W26 E3 1988 ] Zoologist Dr. E.W. Pfeiffer shows evidence, found during his five trips to Vietnam between 1969 and 1973, of environmental destruction caused by the Vietnam War. He delineates the devastating and far-reaching consequences of the damage to the land. (23 minutes)

Experiencing the Darkness [DS557.8.M9 E96 1996] Video of an oral history panel conducted during the conference, "Facing the Darkness, Healing the Wounds : My Lai 25 Years After" held at Tulane University, December 1-3, 1994. The panel includes: Hugh Thompson, a helicopter pilot who tried to stop the massacre; Ron Ridenhour, a soldier whose letter to Congress and the Pentagon prevented a cover-up and William Eckhardt, the chief prosecutor of the My Lai case. (127 minutes)

Faces of the Enemy [BF575 .H6 1987--Science Library Reserve] Looks at the universal concepts of enmity which spark and fuel conflicts around the world. Follows author and commentator Sam Keen in an investigation of the ways in which societies and governments create and use enemy images. A signficant portion of the film deals with the Vietnam War, including My Lai. (59 minutes)

The Fall of Saigon [DS559.9.S24 F34 1995] The fall of Saigon is chronicled with rare news footage and eyewitness accounts from both sides of the conflict. Now, twenty years later, former President Ford and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger offer a new perspective on the U.S. role in the chaotic evacuation. (60 minutes)

First kill [DS559.5 .F52 2002] Documentary about the line between good and evil, focusing on the contradictory emotions that war evokes, such as terror and anger, but also seduction, fascination and excitement. Includes interviews with journalist and author Michael Herr, war photographer Eddie Adams, and other Vietnam veterans. They discuss their aversion and attraction to war and killing. These interviews are juxtaposed with scenes from the war and images of young Vietnamese and foreigners in present day Vietnam who continue to show a fascination with the war and its memory as they tour former battlefields.

The Fog of War [840.8.M46 F63 2004] The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, under President Kennedy and President Johnson, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara was one of the most controversial and influential political figures of the 20th century. Now, he offers a candid and intimate journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American history. He offers new and often surprising insights into the 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the effects of the Vietnam War. Academy Award for Best Documentar Feature. Film Website.

Four Hours in My Lai [On Reserve under Video F] An extraordinarily powerful film about one of the most tragic episodes of the Vietnam War, the My Lai massacre of March 16, 1968, in which American troops killed nearly 500 unarmed Vietnamese women, children, and old men. (60 minutes).

Gao Rang [DS557.73 .G36 2001] The story of the North Vietnamese combat cameramen who filmed the Indo-Chinese and Vietnam Wars, and founded Vietnamese cinema. Mai Loc and Khoung, two veterans from the French war, tell of acquiring the first cameras and instruction manuals. Mr. Xuong, a traveling projectionist during both wars, recalls projecting films along the 17th Parallel, and remembers how the public reacted to the films. Tran Van Thuy and Le Man Thich screen some of the material that they shot. They describe the hardship and fear they faced in combat and during American bombings. For all of them, "to make propaganda was obvious." But they also discuss their regrets. Thuy says "If we had had a more critical historical awareness, we could have left much better images." Their films give the impression that everything was easy. They didn't film enough of the hard daily life, and regret the many "heroic deaths that were not filmed." It would have been "useless," the footage would not have been used.

Give war a chance [JK558 .G38 1998] This episode of Frontline explores the bitter divide between military and civilian attitudes of what, where, when, and why America employs military force. Correspondent Peter J. Boyer discovers an unprecedented divide between what American diplomats want and what the military is prepared to deliver. From opposite vantage points, Leighton "Snuffy" Smith and Richard Holbrooke discuss the long-lasting shadow that Vietnam has cast over subsequent use of military intervention

Guerilla Warfare: Vietnam [DS557.7 .G84 1998] The Masters of War series looks at individual leaders and at their daring tactics and the consequences of their actions as they have faced off across land, sea and air. In Guerrilla warfare : Vietnam, the armies of General Westmoreland and North Vietnam's General Vo Nguyen Giap pound each other across the thick brush of Indochina. Ultimately their bitter relationship defines the consequences of their campaign against each other. (46 mins.)

The Gunboats of Vietnam [DS558.7 .G86 1996] Narrated by Monte Markham]

Hanoi, martes 13, diciembre. El Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos y la OSPAAAL presentan ; ‪[‬dirección, Santiago Alvarez ]Originally issued as a motion picture in 1967. Filmed in Hanoi on December 13, 1966, this documentary records the lives of people in the Vietnam capital and surrounding countryside at the height of U.S. bombing. Their daily activities are presented in a collage of images: building irrigation ditches, planting rice, fishing, weaving ... life continued despite the shower of U.S. bombs. During these air raids, the people formed armed self-defense units so efficient that the life of the nation was not interrupted. Spanish dialogue with English narration. Third World Newsreel.

Healing: a journey back to Vietnam [DS559.5 .H435 1995] Documentary chronicling the 1995 visit to Vietnam of a group of one hundred American women who served there in various capacities during the Vietnam war. They include former military nurses and civilian aid, charity and relief workers. The tour begins in Hanoi and proceeds south by bus to Saigon, visiting other Vietnamese cities and former American bases along the way. The film records the women's reminiscences about the war. their service, and their reactions to the Vietnam of today. Intercut with documentary and news footage from the war.

Hearts and Minds [DS558 .H42 1991] Examines the American consciousness that led to involvement in Vietnam. Includes interviews with General William Westmoreland, Robert Kennedy, former Secretary of Defense, Clark Clifford, Senator William Fulbright, Walt Rostow, and Daniel Ellsberg, as well as American Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese leaders. Presidents Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon are shown in rare footage. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature of 1974. (115 minutes) View trailer

Helicopter Warfare: Films about the unique, unprecedented, and extensive use of helicopters and other aspects of aerial warfare in Vietnam

  • Of Heroes and Helicopters: The Life and Times of the Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam [DS558.8 .O43 1993] (60 minutes)
  • Wings Over Vietnam [DS558.8 .W56 1997] (50 minutes)
  • The personal experience: helicopter warfare in Vietnam [DS558.8 .P47 2001] Veteran helicopter pilots from the war in Vietnam recount their personal experiences
  • The Chopper war [DS558.8 .C46 1992] Opens with a general history of the development of military helicopters and their use in the Korean War. Devotes most coverage to the Vietnam War, featuring tales of "Mad man" Kelly and Congressional Medal of Honor winner, Stephen Pless, and examining the emergence of the attack helicopter.
  • Vietnam choppers [DS558.8 .V53 1998] Hosted by Monte Markham.

In love and war [DS559.4 .I56 1987] Shot down and taken prisoner early in the Vietnam war, Jim Stockdale (Woods) survives eight years in captivity. His wife (Alexander) organizes the League of Wives of American Prisoners of war to get the uncooperative Navy bureaucracy to release more information about missing servicemen and put pressure on the North Vietnamese to allow greater contact with the captives.

The long way home project. Series I [DS558 .L66 2001] "Men versus myth" is a study of veterans of the Vietnam War and how their lives since the war belie the 'victim' myth. "The new diaspora" is a study of South Vietnamese refugees, now Vietnamese Americans, and their attempts to maintain links with their heritage. "How we won the war" describes the allied 'victory' of 1968-1970. "How we lost the war" explains how the U.S. Congress, the media, and activists on the left betrayed the military victory.

The long-haired warriors [DS559.8.W6 L65 1998] Vietnamese women tell of their war experiences during the Vietnamese Conflict; their active participation, their involvement, the tortures they endured, the effects of the Vietnamese Conflict to this da

Kim's Story: The Road from Vietnam [ DS559.914.P58 K5 1997] This is the story of Kim Phuc, who was photographed as a nine year old girl running naked down a road in Vietnam, screaming in agony from napalm burns. Now, in order to confront her past, Kim comes to America on a remarkable odyssey to Washington's Vietnam War Memorial wall, as part of Veterans Day ceremonies. There she makes it clear that her mission is one of forgiveness and a wider healing. (48 minutes)

Kontum diary [DS559.5 .K65 1994] Following a battle in Vietnam, American soldier Paul Reed found a diary of a North Vietnamese soldier he presumed was killed. When he learned years later that the Vietnamese soldier was still alive, he returned to Vietnam to meet him and return the diary. Film documents the emotional meeting of these two former enemies, who revisit their field of battle to reflect on the war and its impact on their lives

Little Dieter needs to fly [DS559.5 .L57 2001] Growing up in post-WWII Germany, all Dieter Dengler, the son of a Nazi slain during the war, dreamed about was becoming a pilot. At age 18 he emigrated to the United States and worked odd jobs until he was accepted into the Navy and began pilot training. He was sent to Vietnam around 1966 and on his first mission was shot down and taken prisoner. There, the Vietcong tortured him until Dengler engineered a hair-raising escape and eventually returned to the U.S. His story is recounted here via interviews with Dengler, archival footage and new footage seamlessly spliced together

Looking like the enemy [E184.O6 L66 1990] American soldiers of Asian descent who fought in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars share their personal experiences with prejudice and discrimination in the military. (52 min.)

Mai's America [DS559.5 .M35 2002] A spunky Vietnamese teenager named Mai gets the chance of a lifetime, to study in the United States. Expecting Hollywood, she instead lands in rural Mississippi, a crazy quilt of self-proclaimed rednecks, cliquish teenagers, South Vietnamese exiles and transvestite soulmates. As she tries to fit in and to make ends meet, Mai discovers that "America" is both less and far more than she bargained for. From cosmopolitan Hanoi to the heart of the Deep South, Mai's unforgettable journey offers an outsider's glimpse inside America.

Maya Lin: a strong clear vision [NA737.L48 M39 1995] Portrays the career of Maya Lin as an architect/artist as told by her and others, with special focus on the design and emotional impact of the Vietnam Veterans and Civil Rights Memorial

My Lai and Why It Matters [DS557.8.M9 M93 1999] Consists of a one hour lecture given by Ron Ridenhour, the soldier whose letter to Congress and the Pentagon prevented a cover-up of the My Lai Massacre, and a 15 minute question and answer period from the audience following the lecture. Ron Ridenhour died 45 days after this talk. Moderated by Randy Fertel, Tulane University. (75 minutes)

No longer enemies: healing wounds in Vietnam [DS559.8.C5 N65 1996] U.S. veterans injured during the Vietnam War meet with former enemies, attend an herbicide conference, discuss their feelings, and search for answers. Provides information on the medical, political, legal, and military aspects of the Agent Orange controversy

No Time for Tears. Vietnam: The Women who Served [DS559.8.W6 N6 1993] Documentary in which seven women who served in Vietnam as nurses and Red Cross personnel describe why they went, what they did there, how life in a combat zone changed them, and how their experience continues to affect them today. (59 minutes).

Pete Peterson: Assignment Hanoi [DS559.4 .P47 1999] PBS film about a former POW who returns to Vietnam as the first post-war U.S.ambassador on a mission of reconciliation. Click title to go the PBS website about this film. (60 minutes)

People's war [DS558.5 .P46 1997] (38 min., 40 sec.). Documentary filmed by Newsreel in North Vietnam in July-August 1969 presenting the Vietnam Conflict from the viewpoint of the North Vietnamese. Third World Newsreel.

Precious cargo [DS559.8.C53 P73 2001] Tells the story of Operation Babylift, the U.S. transport of 2,800 South Vietnamese children to American homes in 1975. Includes interviews with the adoptees and their adoptive parents. Shows a group of adoptees traveling back to Vietnam to discover their past.

Regret to Inform [DS559.5 .R43 1998] Film maker, Barbara Sonneborn, makes a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband died. She explores the meaning of war and loss on a human level and weaves interviews with Vietnamese and American widows into a vivid testament to the legacy of war. Click title to link to PBS "Viewers' Guide" for this film. (72 minutes). Filmmaker's webstie:

Return with Honor [DS559.4 .R47 1999] A powerful documentary film that interviews American pilots who became prisoners of war in Vietnam and shows footage of the prison camps and captured prisoners. Click title to link to PBS "Viewers' Guide" for this film. (102 minutes)

Rising Above: Women of Vietnam [HQ1750.5 .R57 1996] A survey of the social and economic progress made by women in Vietnam since, and before, the end of the Vietnamese Conflict in 1975, including sequences showing the participation of women in the Vietnamese Conflict.Vietnamese or French dialogue with English voiceover. (50 minutes)

Soldados : Chicanos in Vîẹt Nam [DS559.8.M39 S6 2003] "Recounts the experience of five Chicano soldiers, whose first journey outside the cotton fields of their hometown was to the war-ripped rice paddies of Viet Nam" (28 min.)

Struggle for life : medicine and public health in South Vietnam / [National Liberation Front Vietnam] [DS559.44 .S778 2000] . Originally issued as a motion picture in 1968 This film was made from American, Vietnamese, French, Canadian and Swiss shorts. This film depicts Vietnamese medical cadres working to save the lives of people in the liberated areas of South Vietnam during the war. At the front, medics carry the wounded to carefully concealed tunnels where intricate surgery is performed with the aid of generators powered by the pedaling of bicycle wheels. These resourceful and determined people set up medical research centers in the middle of jungles that were totally mobile in the event of U.S. bombing raids. Third World Newsreel. 1 videocassette (30 min.)

Television's Vietnam [DS559.46 .T45 1985] A conservative critique of the coverage of the Vietnam war by the American press, focusing particularly on the PBS series, Vietnam: A Television History. (113 minutes)

Their Own Vietnam [ DS559.8.W6 T43 1995] Documentary about American women who served in Vietnam. Includes interviews with five women veterans, intercut with archival footage and home movies. Explores the day-to-day experiences of these women as nurses and officers and the war's impact on their lives today. Official Army depictions of the war as a career opportunity are contrasted with the experiences of the women in a mostly male work environment. (23 minutes)

They Were Young and Brave [DS557.8.I18 T53 1994] Return to Ia Drang Valley with 11 former American soldiers to relive the battle which historians have called the turning point in the war. (60 minutes)

The trials of Henry Kissinger [E840.8.K58 T74 2002] Film focuses on Henry Kissinger and his role in America's secret bombing of Cambodia in 1969, the approval of Indonesia's genocidal assault on East Timor in 1975, the assassination of a Chilean general in 1970, and his involvement in the 1969 Paris peace talks concerning the Vietnam Conflict.

Two Days in October [DS558 .T89 2005]. Examines the critical events that took place in the fall of 1967, from the ambush of an American battalion by the Viet Cong that led to skepticism of whether the Vietnamese conflict was winnable, to the first violent anti-war demonstration on a campus in Wisconsin. Originally produced for television broadcast on the PBS program American Experience
Based on the book "They marched into sunlight" by David Maraniss. (90 min.)

United States Department of Defense: Six films made by the U. S. Department of Defense during the 1960s to present the American view of the purposes and progress of the war. They provide very interesting insights into the motives and mindsets behind U. S. policy in the early stages of the conflict.

  • A Face of War [DS557.A6 F32 1985] Documents 97 days spent with a Marine Company on patrol in Vietnam. (77 minutes)
  • A Nation Builds Under Fire) [DS557.A6 N37 1985] Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey introduces this description of the struggle of the South Vietnamese people to develop their nation in the midst of war. Portrays the role of American servicemen and presents interviews with U.S. government officials and military personnel who have firsthand knowledge of building efforts in South Vietnam. (40 minutes).
  • Know Your Enemy: the Viet Cong [DS557.A6 K6 1980] Uses captured newsreel footage produced by the Central Office of North Vietnam. (22 minutes)
  • The Battle/Contact Ambush [DS557.7 .B37 1984] Two documentaries feature film footage from a Marine attack on a Viet Cong village and the Operation Piranha battle. (27 minutes)
  • Why Vietnam?[DS558 .W59 1980] Explains United States policy on South Vietnam as stated in an address by President Lyndon B. Johnson. (31 minutes)
  • Your Tour in Vietnam [DS557.A6 Y68 1985] An Army information film for the newly drafted soldier. Narrator, Jack Web.b (32 minutes)

Vietnam and the Presidency [videorecording] : a conference sponsored by the Presidential Libraries and the National Archives [DS558.2 .V45 2006] Panelists: George Herring, Deborah Leff, Robert Schulzinger, Marilyn Young, Allen Weinstein, David Kaiser, Timothy Naftali, Jeffrey Kimball, David Halberstam, Alexander Haig, Jimmy Carter, Alexander Haig, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, Henry Kissenger, Theodore Sorensen, Jack Valenti, Stephen Bell, Frances Fitzgerald, Dan Rather, Wesley Clark, Chuck Hagel, Bob Herbert, Pete Peterson Conference held March 10 and 11, 2006 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Mass Descript. 6 videodiscs (ca. 605 min.) Conference website

Vietnam Alma Mater [DS558 .V47 1996] The day-to-day realities of the war from the viewpoint of American soldiers. Also called Vietnam Combat (60 minutes)

The Vietnam Experience [ DS558 .V496 1987] Presents the sights and sounds of Vietnam. Combines the lyrics and music of Country Joe McDonald with archival footage of the war. (30 minutes)

Vietnam Nurses [DS559.8.W6 V53 2006] For the first time Vietnam nurses reveal the horrors they witnessed, the care they provided and the emotional scars they earned as nurses in Vietnam. Note Originally broadcast on WE in 2006. Director of photography, Dustin Teel ; editor, Daniel Meadows. (45 min.)

Vietnam POWs: stories of survival [DS559.4 .V53 1993] Terry MacDonald

Vietnam, The Secret Agent [RA1242.T44 V53 1986] Looks at dioxin, the deadly contaminant of the defoliant code-named Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War. Focuses on the devastating effects of this chemical on American soldiers and the Vietnamese populace, and interviews impaired Vietnam veterans who feel they should be fully compensated. (53 minutes)

Vietnam: A Soldier's Diary [DS559.5 .V53 1996] Chronicles the Vietnam War by showing news clips, interviews with soldiers at the time, and present day interviews with survivors. (50 minutes)  

Vietnam: A Television History (Click to link to the PBS web page for this series) [DS557.7.V55 1993] A 13-part 1983 PBS documentary examines America's involvement in Vietnam. Based on archival footage and interviews with participants on all sides of the political conflict: v. 1. Episode 1. Roots of a war. -- Episode 2. The first Vietnam War, 1946-1954 -- v. 2. Episode 3. America's Mandarin, 1954-1963. -- Episode 4. LBJ goes to war, 1964-1965 -- v. 3. Episode 5. America takes charge, 1965-1967. -- Episode 6. America's enemy, 1954-1967 -- v. 4. Episode 7. Tet, 1968 -- Episode 8. Vietnamizing the war, 1969-1973 -- v. 5. Episode 9. Cambodia and Laos --Episode 10. Peace is at hand, 1968-1973 -- v. 6. Episode 11. Homefront USA --Episode 12. The end of the tunnel, 1973-1975 -- v. 7. Episode 13 Legacies. (Each episode is about 60 minutes long.)

Vietnam: Chronicle of a War [DS557.7 .V55 1993] Drawing upon the resources of the CBS News Archives, this program traces the history of the conflict. (89 minutes)

Vietnam: In the Year of the Pig [DS557.7 .V5624 1987] Videocassette release of the 1968 documentary film. Directed and produced by the famous and controversial Italian film director, Emile de Antonio. One of the most powerful films ever produced about Vietnam-so powerful, director de Antonio was nominated for an Academy Award and was placed on Richard Nixon's enemy list. [103 minutes]

Vietnam: The Call of Duty [DS559.5 .C344 1990] Vietnam veteran Paul Scoles relates his war experiences to Skip Spriggs, the son of Otha T. Spriggs, who was killed in action in Vietnam trying to save Scoles' life. This narrative is intercut with previously unreleased Vietnam war footage and with an interview with Gen. Westmoreland in which the general discusses U.S. strategic goals in Vietnam. (50 minutes)

Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War [DS557.7 .V55 1990, v. 1-5] A multipart 1980 documentary: v. 1. America in Vietnam ; Dien Bien Phu ; Days of decision -- v. 2. Uneasy allies; The trail ; Firepower -- v. 3. Siege ; Frontline America ; Soldiering on -- v. 4. The village war ; Peace -- v. 5. Surrender ; The unsung soldiers.

Vietnam: The World Beneath the War [DS559.8.T85 V53 1997] A study of the use of tunnels by the Vietnamese during the Vietnam war. Rather than flee their ancestral homes, the villagers dug tunnels and moved their communities underground. Includes interviews with the tunnelers, and an American POW held in the tunnels.Follows an artist who takes his son back to Vinh Moc village and explains life during the war years. An American Air Force historian and a female guerrilla commander also provide their perspective on tunnel warfare. Includes archival film footage.(54 minutes)

Vietnamese Americans: the fall of Saigon [E184.V53 V53 2003] (also has a 2001 version) As communism tightened its grip on what was once South Vietnam, a stream of refugees poured into America. This program presents interviews with Vietnamese Americans and archival footage to reveal the fortitude of the Vietnamese who faced great hardships in their escape to the U.S. following the fall of Saigon. In addition, South Vietnamese and American veterans give their firsthand views on the Vietnam War, exploring the factors that led to the elimination of U.S. military and financial support and polarization of public opinion both in the U.S. and Vietnam.

Vietnam's unseen war: pictures from the other side [DS559.5 .V54 2002] Journey deep behind battle lines to experience a different side of the Vietnam War - theside seen only through the lenses of North Vietnam photographers. Renowned British photojournalist Tim Page travels back to the land where he nearly lost his life to meet with North Vietnamese war photographers, revealing remarkable, never-before-seen photos and personal stories long hidden by time and tragedy.

The Vietnam War with Walter Cronkite/ CBS News [DS557.7 .V5667 2003]. 3 videodiscs (12 hrs.) Walter Cronkite, host ; with on-the-scene reports by correspondents Ed Bradley, Walter Cronkite, Charles Kuralt, Dan Rather, Morley Safer, Bob Simon and more Complete history of the Vietnam War, as chronicled by CBS News correspondents, from its genesis in the days after World War II to its conclusion with the fall of Saigon. Includes interviews with combat veterans.

Young puppeteers of Vietnam. [DS559.8.C53 Y68 2008] (26 min.) : Originally produced as a motion picture in 1969. Shows Vietnamese teenagers in the National Liberation Front liberated zones of South Vietnam making intricate puppets from wrecked U.S. planes and tanks. Distributed by Third World Newsreel.

Wandering souls: Tet '68 remembered DS557.8.T4 W36 2000/ Ohio University Telecommunications Center; produced and directed by Blis Hanousek Devault 1 videocassette (57 min.) : This program chronicles the journey of Dave Garrod of Athens, Ohio, and five of his comrades from the 25th Infantry who returned to the Tan Son Nhut battlefield 30 years after the Tet Offensive. Seeking personal peace, through a commemoration of all lives lost, the men explore the Vietnamese concept of Wandering Souls.

The Wall that heals [DS559.83.W18 W34 1997] The authorized video celebration of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial's fifteenth anniversary includes interviews with distinguished veterans, senators, businessmen, supporters, and George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States

Wings over Vietnam [DS558.8 .W56 1997] It takes you back for one of the most intense air campaigns ever waged. From "Flaming Dart" to "Rolling Thunder," the skies over Vietnam exploded with incredible air attacks while ground forces dug into the trench.


Documentaries on the Anti-War Movement

13 seconds: the Kent State shootings [LD4191.O72 T57 2005] producer, Ron Goetz ; director, Chris Triffo ; writer, Iain Maclean ; produced by Partners in Motion and Single Spark Pictures for the Learning Channel and History Television (47 min.) : Looks back on the reasons for the violent attack on students at Kent State University in May 1970. Includes interviews with former students who witnessed the events, former National Guardsmen, and a sociology professor

America [DS559.8.D7 A42 2000](32 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in Note Originally produced in 1969. Documentary about the escalation and diversity of the anti -Vietnam War protest movement on the homefront. Includes conversations with Vietnam vets, teenagers, and Afro-American militants. Graphically depicts the hightened incidents of mass protest and police repression. Distributed by Third World Newsreel.

America, Love it or Leave it [DS559.8.D7 A43 1990] Chronicles the exodus of American draft resisters and deserters to Canada during the Vietnam War. 1990. (50 minutes)

Boston Draft Resistance Group. [being processed] Originally produced as documentary film in 1968. Documentary presents a profile of a grassroots anti-war group in Boston, and illustrates some of the tactics and activities used by draft resistance groups across the country during the Vietnam War. Using the law to keep young men out of the war, this group helped over 150 people each week escape service and educate themselves and their communities/ (17 minutes) Distributed by Third World Newsreel.

Chicago 1968 [F548.52 .C54 1996] Explores the chaotic atmosphere of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Interviews with writers, politicians, anti-war activists and historians provide insight into the forces which contributed to the discord inside and outside the convention hall. A PBS American Experience production. (60 minutes)

Choosing Sides: I Remember Vietnam [DS559.5 .C56 1996] To protest or remain silent. To face jail or possible death. To desert or enlist. This is a compelling look back at an era defined by conflict and controversy, capturing the mood of the nation through the stories of individuals. Hear from a priest who sheltered draft dodgers in his church, an African-American man forced to choose between enlistment and informing on the Black Panthers, and a West Point graduate who found a home in the peace movement. Their stories, and those of many others, are juxtaposed with extensive archival footage and an evocative sixties soundtrack. (100 minutes)

Citizen soldier [DS559.62.U6 C57 1997] : the story of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War / producer, director, Denis Mueller.(55 min.) :
Tells the story of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War using experiences of several Americans who are veterans of the war, through interview and film from the 1960's to the present.

Columbia Revolt. (50 min.) . Made in 1968. Documentary on the student protests and building occupations at Columbia University in April 1968. Distributed by Third World Newsreel.

Different sons [DS559.62.U6 D56 1991] In the late summer of 1970, the VVAW organized Operation RAW (Rapid American Withdrawal) a four day march by 100 Vietnam veterans from New Jersey to Valley Forge in Pennsylvania. This documentary records that event and the personal reminiscences of the participants. During the march, the veterans described their experiences in Vietnam to spectators and re-enacted scenes of civilian mistreatment which they had witnessed during the war. On the last day of the march the veterans were welcomed to Valley Forge by friends and relatives. In the closing ceremonies honoring those killed and wounded in Vietnam, the participants crush their plastic M-16 rifles and chant for peace.

Making Sense of the Sixties [HN59 .M35 1991 v. 1-6] A six-part PBS series that examines the meaning behind the events and changes brought about during the 1960s. Explores the political, social, and cultural movements of the decade through the eyes of those who were in the thick of the struggle, those on the sidelines and those who were enraged and confused by what they saw happening. Episode 1. Seeds of the sixties -- Episode 2. We can change the world -- Episode 3. Breaking boundaries, testing limits --Episode 4. In a dark time -- Episode 5. Picking up the pieces -- Episode 6. Legacies of the sixties. (60 minutes each).

No game : Pentagon confrontation 10/21/1967. [DS559.8.D7 N6 2000] (17 min.) Note Originally produced as documentary film in 1968 Filming of a demonstration for peace against the war in Vietnam. Includes interviews with protesters who refused to be drafted. Distributed by Third World Newsreel.

Only the beginning. videocassette (VHS) (20 min.) Documents Vietnam veterans protesting against U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam. Also contains interviews with the veterans and film footage shot in Vietnam. Distributed by Third World Newsreel.

Rebels with a cause: voices of Students for a Democratic Society [HN90.R3 R32 2000] Former members of Students for a Democratic Society recall events of the nineteen sixties, and their experiences organizing communities to fight poverty and racism, and demonstrating against the war in Vietnam. They reflect upon their past hopes for the movement, and the issues and obstacles they faced.

Return of the Seacacus seven [PN1997 .R4795 1982] They were children of the late 60's and early 70's, the college radicals of the tumultuous Vietnam era. Just what has become of them 10 years later is examined in this absorbing film. Ten years earlier, seven friends were arrested in Seacacus, N.J., while on route to a war protest in Washington. In this story, the seven reunite for a weekend to share fond memories of the past and fears about the present as they approach the age of thirty.U6 W37 1990] Events taking place at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, are used as a microcosm of the war protest movement in the United States throughout the 1960's and early 1970's. The War at Home touches on many issues: the moral climate of the time, individual responsibility, citizen/government interaction on foreign policy issues, and options available in a free society. (119 minutes).

Sir! No sir! : the suppressed story of the GI movement to end the war in Vietnam. [ DS559.62.U6 S57 2006]. A film by David Zeiger ; directed by David Zeiger. The untold story of the rebellion of thousands of American soldiers against the war in Vietnam. This movie profiles an event that profoundly impacted American society, yet has been virtually obliterated from memory. (84 min)

Winter soldier [DS557.A67 W56 1972] Vietnam veterans speak about atrocities committed upon Vietnamese soldiers and civilians during their time in the U.S. armed forces in Vietnam. Through testimony given at the Winter Soldier Investigation held by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War in 1971, press conferences, and interviews with individual participants, the film graphically portrays the effect of U.S. government policy and practice, which turned soldiers into animals bent on destruction and Vietnamese into "gooks"--non-human "targets" for murder, rape, and mutilation. The veterans struggle to come to terms with the devastation they caused so that others will not make the same mistake again.


Feature Films & Television Shows

84 Charlie Mopic  [PN1997 .E3648 1989]  A unique look at the Vietnam War in revealed through the subjective lens of a fictitious army motion picture (MoPic) cameraman. Highly recommended for a "realistic" presentation of a reconnaissance mission by a team of GIs in the Central Highlands in 1969. (95 minutes)

A Bright Shining Lie [PN1997 .B744 1998] A U.S. senior military adviser is sent to Vietnam and finds himself fighting a war he cannot win alongside a corrupt and demoralized South Vietnamese Army. Based on the Pulitizer Prize and National Book Award winning book by Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam. (118 minutes) View trailer

Apocalypse Now [PN1997 .A66 1982] [Videodisc] Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 provocative vision of the human "heart of darkness" revealed through the peculiar madness of the Vietnam War. A United States Army officer/trained assassin is sent into the depths of a southeast Asian jungle to seek out a renegade colonel and terminate his command during the Vietnam War. (153 minutes)

Apocalypse Now Redux [PN1997 .A66 2001] Reissue of 1979 film with restored footage edited out of original version. Even better (much better!) than the original; judged by some critics as the best film of 2001--even though it was made in 1979! DVD (202 minutes) View trailer.

Birdy [PN1997 .B5495 1985] To escape an irrational world, Birdy, an ex-Vietnam veteran sits in an almost catatonic state in an Army hospital where he has come to believe he is one of the feathered creatures of his boyhood dreams. In an effort to break Birdy's silence, his psychiatrist brings in Birdy's loyal, best friend of his youth as they attempt to reach him and bring him back to reality. Based on the novel "Birdy" by William Wharton.(120 minutes) View trailer

Born on the Fourth of July [PN1997 .B76 1990] Based on the book by veteran Ron Kovic. Film follows him from his days as a zealous teen who eagerly joins up for the Vietnam War, to his return from the war as an embittered veteran, paralyzed from mid-chest down. Chronicles his disillusionment with the country's continued involvement in Vietnam, his physical struggle and his emergence as a brave new voice for thousands of disenchanted vets. (145 minutes) View trailer

Bullet in the head [PN1997 .D5395 1998] Depicts the lives of three childhood friends from Hong Kong trapped in the turmoil of the Vietnam WarTony Leung, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee. Cantonese dialogue with optional soundtrack in Mandarin and optional subtitles in traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Bahasa Malaysia and Spanish.Originally produced as a motion picture in 1990 (126 min)

Burn! [PN1997 .B8765 1990] Not about Vietnam, but meant to be a (1969) parable of the war. As described in the library annotation: "This story of political greed and social upheaval will take you on a journey deep into the heart of darkness of a 19th century Caribbean island, where men rise up in bitter and bloody rebellion against the wealthy nations seeking to enslave them." Particularly interesting for its portrayal of insurgency and counterinsurgency techniques, many of which seem familiar from the Vietnam War--despite the obvious differences in technology and ideology. Starring Marlon Brando. (113 minutes)

Casualties of War  [PN1997 .C37373 1990] Based on the true story of a squad of soldiers caught in the moral quagmire of wartime Vietnam. Witness to a vile crime, Private Ericksson (Michael J. Fox) is forced to stand alone against his fellow soldiers and commanding officer Sergeant Meserve (Sean Penn). Master filmmaker Brian DePalma creates a devastating and unforgettable tale of one man's quest for sanity and justice amidst the chaos of war. (120 minutes) View trailer

CBS playhouse presents The Final War of Olly Winter [q PS3568.I2 F5. Script of teleplay originally aired: January 29, 1967 on CBS Writer: Ronald Ribman Director: Paul Bogart All Guest Stars: Ivan Dixon (Olly Winter), Tina Chen (Vietnamese Girl), Patrick Adiarte (Viet Cong guerilla), Kam Tong (Chief elder), Soon-Teck Oh, James Hong, Paulene Myers, Jane Betts, Sara Berner, Connie Sawyer, Richard Williams, Maidie Norman, Davis Roberts, Dort Clark, Rupert Crosse, Douglas Leonard Story about an African American soldier in Vietnam. It focuses on the past and present of a war-weary GI who, after 20 years of professional soldiering, begins a quest for life. Master Sergeant Olly Winter, winding up a long career, is serving as an advisor in Vietnam. When his platoon is ambushed by the Viet Cong, Olly, the only survivor, sets out on the long trek back to safety. Along the way he picks up company, a young Vietnamese girl, her dog, and an orphaned baby. The girl doesn't understand English, but Olly talks to her--and himself about the wars he's seen, his family, and the life he plans to lead 'If I get out of here alive.' Nominated for 5 Emmys.

China beach [PN1997 .C464376 1990]. Series premiere of the multiple award winning television program about the nurses, entertainers and volunteers who served alongsideAmerican troops in Vietnam atthe China Beach recreational facility near the U.S. base at Da Nan. Videocassetterelease of the 1988 television series premier.e (97 min.)

Coming Home [ PN1997 .C654 992] [Videodisc] A poignant love story set against the social upheaval of the Vietnam war. Set in 1968, the story concerns a woman who, while her husband is serving in Vietnam, falls in love with a paraplegic while performing volunteer work at a San Diego veterans hospital. 1978. (128 minutes) View trailer

The Deer Hunter [PN1997 .D437 1997] Tracks a group of steelworker pals from a Pennsylvania blast furnace to the hunting grounds of the Alleghenies to the lethal cauldron of Vietnam. It is a drama of friendship and courage and of what happens to these qualities under stress. Starring Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken.Winner of 5 Academy Awards in 1978, including Best Picture.(183 Minutes) View trailer

Dịên Biên Ph̉u [ DS553.3.D5 D53 2004] Depicts one of history's pivotal battles, triggering 20 years of American involvement in Vietnam. In French. Spectacular musical score by George Delarue.Originally produced for French television in 1992. (125 min.)

Forrest Gump [PN1997 .F595 2001] (also in 1995) The story follows the life of low I.Q. Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) and his meeting with the love of his life Jenny. The film chronicles his accidental experiences with some of the most important people and events in America from the late 1950's through the 1970's including a meeting with Elvis Presley, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, fighting in Vietnam, etc. The problem is, he doesn't realize the significance of his actions. Forrest comes to embody a generation. View trailer

Full Metal Jacket [PN1997 .F844 1991] [Videodisc] 1987 Vietnam war drama which begins with a depiction of the brutality of Marine Corps training and then shifts to Vietnam, focusing mainly on a group of Marines responding to the Tet Offensive of 1968. (117 minutes) View trailer

Gardens of Stone [PN1997 .G3165 1998] The elite Old Guard, made up of decorated veterans of Army service, tends Arlington National Cemetery; when a young soldier is assigned to the unit temporarily while training for a tour in Vietnam, two of the Guards help to prepare him for the environment of war, amid protest, uncertainty and violence at home.View trailer

Go Tell the Spartans [ PN1997 .G5571 11992] Story about a hard-boiled major (Burt Lancaster) in command of a grubby Vietnam outpost in 1964. The war was still a 'conflict' and American soldiers were merely 'advisors.' Although the action concentrates on a single, obscure incident, the film illuminates the entire era. Based on the novel Incident at Muc Wa, by Daniel Ford. (114 minutes)

Good Morning, Vietnam [ PN1997 .G62637 1987] Imported by the Army for an early morning radio show in Vietnam, disc jockey Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) blasts the formerly staid, sanitized airwaves with a constant barrage of rapid-fire humor and the hottest hits from back home. The G.I.'s love him, but the brass is up in arms. (121 mins.) View trailer

The Green Berets [PN1997 .G7436 1990] The story of the Green Berets, the elite Special Forces, during the war in Vietnam. Starring John Wayne The Green Berets is an exciting war film that was lambasted by critics who at the time of its release opposed the war in Vietnam. Wayne's role is similar to his part in The Longest Day (1963), but it was evident to the worldwide public that the same bravado that flew well in World War II crash-landed in 1968 in the wake of a very different war and political time. Wayne plays the hard-nosed rough-and-ready Colonel Mike Kirby who heads a courageous bunch of tough-as-nails Green Berets determined to capture an important enemy general. They are accompanied by a skeptical reporter who soon becomes a gung-ho red-white-and-blue patriot as the Colonel and the others lecture and show him why they must defeat the "commies." Interestingly, despite the massive anti-war sentiments of the times, the film grossed over $11 million at the box-office and is especially notable for the fine battle scenes. The film also features the hit song "Ballad of the Green Berets," sung by Sgt. Barry Sadler. ~ Dan Pavlides, All Movie Guide.(142 min) View trailer

Green Dragon {PN1997 .G7437 2002] In 1975, refugee camps were set up across the deserts of the United States to house an exodus of over 100,000 Vietnamese immigrants before and immediately after the fall of Saigon. When Tai arrives at Camp Pendleton, he is confronted by a camp filled with despair. A Marine is in charge of housing the refugees until sponsors can be found to help them assimilate into American life. Tai, who speaks English, becomes a translator for the Marines. (112 minutes) View trailer

Hanoi Hilton [PN1997 .H3664 1987] A drama that details the brutal treatment of American P.O.W.s in Vietnamese prison camps. (126 minutes)

Heaven & Earth [PN1997 .H435 1995] [Videodisc] 1993 film based on the books "When heaven and earth changed places" by Le Ly Hayslip with Jay Wurts and "Child of war, woman of peace" by Le Ly Hayslip with James Hayslip. The powerful story of a man who fought, a woman who endured, and a love caught up in the explosive wartime upheaval in Vietnam. (140 minutes) View trailer

In Country [PN1997 .I46523 1989] A reclusive war veteran and his 17-year-old niece struggle to heal the wounds of Vietnam, where her father died. (116 minutes) View trailer

Indochine [PN1997 .I4839 1993] A beautiful and moving film that focuses on Eliane (played by Catherine Deneuve), a rubber plantation owner in French Indochina in the 1930s and her adopted Vietnamese daughter, who falls in love with a French naval officer and gets involved in the anti-colonial struggles of the times.DV. French with English subtitles; also available in VHS format without subtitles (PN1997 .I4839 1992). (158 minutes) View trailer

The Iron triangle [ PN1997 .I6857 1991] Based on the diary of an unknown Vietcong soldier ; videocassette release of the 1988 motion picture. Beau Bridges, Haing S. Ngor, Jim Ishida, Ping Wu, Iilana B'tiste, Johnny Hallyday, Liem Whatley. An American captain leads his men into the jungles along the Ho Chi Minh trail and meets the Viet Cong face-to-face. Told from both sides. (94 min.)

Journey from the fall [PN1997.2 .V86717 2007] Based on the true stories of Vietnamese refugees who fled after the fall of Saigon, April 30, 1975, and on the Vietnamese who stayed behind. Despite his allegiance to the toppled South Vietnamese government, Long Nguyen decides to remain in Vietnam. Imprisoned in a Communist re-education camp, he urges his family to make the escape by boat without him. His wife, son, and mother embark on the arduous ocean voyage in the hope of reaching the U.S. and freedom. (135 min.)

The Killing Fields [ PN1997 .K545 1985] Based on the book "The Death and Life of Dith Pran" by Sydney Schanberg. Tells the true story of one man's ordeal in the hell of Cambodia during the Pol Pot years. Winner of 3 Academy Awards in 1984. (142 minutes) DVD & VHS. View trailer

Path to War [PN1997 .P377447 2003] Begins immediately following his victorious election to the Presidency, LyndonJohnson's dreams for "The Great Society" and his vision for civil rights in America was devastated by the impact of theVietnam War. A war he didn't start, but which he seemed unable to end. Torn betweenthe recommendation of increased bombing to win and a nation torn apart by thedeaths of young Americans overseas and the protest of those who stayed behindFeaturing.Michael Gambon, Donald Sutherland, Bruce McGill, James Frain, FelicityHuffman,FredericForrest, John Aylward, Philip Baker Hall, Tom Skerritt, Alec Baldwin. Specialfeatures: featurette plus cast and director interviews; TIME magazine specialfeatures, including LBJ slideschow; DVD-ROM features including timeline and strategysimulator; extensive historical background articles; text interviews with director & cast. (164min). View trailer

Platoon [PN1997 .P527 1988] Oliver Stone's breakthrough as a director, Platoon is a brutally realistic look at a young soldier's tour of duty in Vietnam. Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is a 1968 college student who quits school to volunteer for the Army. He's shipped off to Vietnam, where he serves with a culturally diverse group of fellow soldiers and under the two men who lead the platoon: Sgt. Barnes (Tom Berenger), whose facial scars are a mirror of the violence and corruption of his soul, and Sgt. Elias (Willem Dafoe), who maintains a Zen-like calm in the jungle and fights with both personal and moral courage even though he no longer believes in the war. After a few weeks "in country," Taylor begins to see the naivete of his views of the war, especially after a quick search for enemy troops devolves into a round of murder and rape. Unlike Hollywood's first wave of Vietnam movies (including The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, and Coming Home), Platoon is a grunts-eye-view of the war, touching on moral issues but focusing on the men who fought the battles and suffered the wounds. In this sense, it resembles older war movies more than its Vietnam peers, as it mixes familiar elements of onscreen battle with small realistic details: bugs, jungle rot, exhaustion, C-rations, marijuana, and counting the days before you go home. This mix of traditional war movie elements with a contemporary sensibility won Platoon four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, and a reputation as one of the definitive modern war movies. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide. Academy Award for Best Picture of 1986. (120 minutes) View trailer

Purple Hearts [VHS available from Prof. Joseph] This tale of doomed romance set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War was the last in a string of box office disappointments from director Sidney J. Furie before he struck gold again with Iron Eagle (1986). Ken Wahl stars as Dr. Don Jardian, a Navy medical officer assigned to duty in Vietnam. Jardian is no flag-waving patriot, however; the reluctant warrior is just biding his time until he can return stateside and start a lucrative private practice. Then he meets and falls in love with Deborah Solomon (Cheryl Ladd), a devoted nurse who at first keeps the handsome doctor at bay, disgusted by the avariciousness that led him to choose what Deborah considers a noble profession. Eventually, however, Deborah's selflessness inspires Don and their romance blooms despite their bloody surroundings, leading to a dangerous mission that could separate them forever~Karl Williams, All Movie Guide. From:

La 317e section (The 317th platoon) [Knapp Reserve PN1997 .T7597 1990]  Story about a French/Laotian platoon during May 1954 (two months before the armistice) as they withdraw through the jungle after the fall of Dien Bien Phu. They are slowly annihilated by ambushes and disease. The film captures the inarticulate anguish and solitude of each man by focusing on a veteran Alsatian sergeant (who fought in the German army in World War II) and a young French officer fresh from military school. Their impersonal, hierarchical and sometimes hostile relationship develops into an unlikely friendship. Both the director Shoendoerffer and the photographer Coutard were veterans of the Indochina war. In French with English subtitles. Based on the novel by Pierre Schoendoerffer. Videocassette release of the 1965 French motion picture.(VHS) (94 min.)

The Odd Angry Shot [VHS available from Prof. Joseph] Director Tom Jeffrey provides a cathartic Australian answer (1979) to Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter. Australia's participation in the Vietnam War was as much of an alienating and soul-searching experience for Australians as for Americans, and Jeffrey's frank portrayal of a group of Australian volunteers casts the war in a different light from the perspective of a Cimino or Oliver Stone. The story concerns a corp of Australian elite soldiers -- the Special Air Service troops (the equivalent of the United States' Special Forces group) -- and the elite group's more pragmatic and hopeful attitudes -- whiling away the time in mindless diversions and cracking jokes. Then one of their own is killed and their feelings about the war suddenly change. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide. From:

The Quiet American [PN1997 .Q8438 2003]The mood of wry disillusion that seeps through the screen adaptation of Graham Greene's novel "The Quiet American" is sounded in the movie's opening moments by the voice of Michael Caine musing dreamily on the mystique of Saigon in the early 1950's. It is a place, declares his character, Thomas Fowler, where colors and tastes seem sharper than they do elsewhere and where even the rain has a special intensity. Fowler is a wistfully cynical British journalist who has fled an arid marriage in England to live in Southeast Asia, where he is reporting on the Vietnamese fight for independence from French colonial rule. Fowler may be the richest character of Mr. Caine's screen career. Slipping into his skin with an effortless grace, this great English actor gives a performance of astonishing understatement whose tone wavers delicately between irony and sadness." Stephen Holden , The New York Times. From .View trailer.

Rescue Dawn [PN1997.2 .R47283 2007] Movie starring Christian Bale and Steve Zahn. It is written and directed by Werner Herzog, based on the director's acclaimed 1997 documentary, Little Dieter Needs to Fly.The film is based on the true story of German-born Dieter Dengler, who dreamed of being a pilot and eventually made his way to the United States, where he joined the Navy during the Vietnam War era. He became a pilot and was shot down over Laos and captured. Eventually he organized an escape with a small band of captives. ( View trailer

The Seige of Firebase Gloria [VHS available from Prof. Joseph] Based on the true story, this film follows the struggle of a group of brave Marines as they attempt to defend Firebase Gloria during the Tet Offensive, even though they are greatly outnumbered. ~ Iotis Erlewine, All Movie Guide. From:

Song of the south /Đ́ât phương Nam [PN1997 .D378 200] The life of a young boy growing up in Vietnam during the Indochinese War. In Vietnamese and some French, with English subtitles. Originally broadcast by Ho Chi Minh City Television Film Studio in 1998. 6 videodiscs (660 min.)

The Stunt Man [PN1997 .S7867 2001] "Vietnam veteran Cameron is on the run from the police when he stumbles onto the set of a war movie directed by megalomaniac Eli Cross. But when the young fugitive is forced to replace a dead stunt man, he falls in love with the movie's leading lady while trying to avoid getting arrested or killed. Is Eli trying to capture Cameron's death on film? And what happens to a paranoid stunt man when illusion and reality change places?" View trailer

Tigerland [PN1997 .T5441 2001] Just released from the base stockade, recruit Roland Bozz joins a platoon of young soldiers preparing to ship out to Vietnam. His independence and outright defiance draw fire from his own men as well as commanding officers. But when the platoon is sent to Tigerland, a hellish training ground, Bozz's leadership and loyalty bring his men together, triggering extraordinary consequences. ) View trailer

Tour of duty [PN1992.77.T687 A11 2004] The complete series; three seasons; 14 discs."As the first television drama series about the Vietnam War, Tour of Duty focuses on a single platoon of young U.S. soldiers through their one-year tour of combat duty in Vietnam during the late 1960's. While their own country is rocked by a massive anti-war movement, these young men find themselves thrown into combat in Southeast Asia, where they face enemy troops they can not see and sometimes can not kill. They also face their own fears, as they struggle in a hostile environment just to keep themselves and their fellow soldiers alive." (

Vietnam (1988). Australian TV mini-series (437 minutes) "This epic story of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War is told through the history of a middle class family, the Goddards, whose son Phillip (Nicholas Eadie) is conscripted to fight in the war and whose father, Douglas (Barry Otto), is one of the key Canberra bureaucrats responsible for the policy of Australia’s involvement in the war. Phillip has a schoolgirl younger sister, Megan (Nicole Kidman-- in her first major role!) – already on the pill and opposed to the war in Indo China – and a housewife mother, Evelyn (Victoria Lang), who is just starting to stand up to her authoritarian and patronising husband. The family is driven apart by the war in Vietnam, the sexual revolution and the growing independence of women in Australian society. When Phillip becomes alienated from his family as a result of his experiences as a soldier in Vietnam, the family never loses the courage to keep love alive, using their new found insights to begin to know each other as they never have before." ( Note: This site has lots more information about this series, including video clips). Region 2 DVD. May be borrowed from Prof. Joseph if you have a DVD player that will play Region 2 discs and the time to watch it! [It really is pretty good!]

We Were Soldiers [PN1997 .W4317 2002 ]. Lt. Col. Hal Moore is the commander of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry. As part of the Pleiku Campaign of late 1965, Moore is assigned to action at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, an area known to be overrun by North Vietnamese troops and nicknamed "The Valley of Death." Moore soon finds himself and his men contained to an area about the size of a football field, surrounded by more than 2,000 enemy troops and engaged in the first major battle of the war. Heroism becomes the order of the day as the men refuse to yield, in spite of heavy losses of life. Based on the book "We were soldiers once ... and young" by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway, (138 min.) View trailer

White Badge [PN1997 .H3926 1992] A 1994 South Korean film (English subtitles). A South Korean veteran who writes a serialized novel about the Vietnam War struggles to keep the past at a distance when a soldier from his old unit asks for his help. In aiding his friend he is forced to confront the brutal truths of his life. Winner of Best Director and Grand Prix for Best Film awards at the Tokyo International Film Festival as well as numerous awards for acting and directing at festivals throughout Asia. Based on the novel White Badge: A Novel of Korea, by Ahn Jung-Hyo; English translation: New York: Soho Press. Inc., 1989. (114 minutes) View trailer

The year that trembled [PN1997.2 .Y42714 2003]. Note Originally released as a motion picture in 2001; A war chronicle and unconventional love story set in the shadow of Kent State's turbulent events, when passions ignited a nation and choices became a matter of life and death. 105 mins. View trailer


Films about the Wars in Cambodia & Laos

Enemies of the People (DS554.83.S26 E54 2010): A Personal Journey into the Heart of the Killing Fields. The men and women who perpetrated the Cambodian killing fields massacres -- from the foot soldiers who slit throats to the party's ideological leader, Nuon Chea, aka Brother Number Two -- break a 30-year silence to give testimony never before heard or seen. Unprecedented access from top to bottom of the Khmer Rouge has been achieved through a decade of work by one of Cambodia's top investigative journalists, Thet Sambath.

The Killing Fields [ PN1997 .K545 1985] Based on the book "The Death and Life of Dith Pran" by Sydney Schanberg. Tells the true story of one man's ordeal in the hell of Cambodia during the Pol Pot years. Winner of 3 Academy Awards in 1984. (142 minutes) DVD & VHS. View trailer

The Most Secret Place on Earth: The CIA's Covert War in Laos [DS557.8.L3 M67 2008]. This films explores the secret conflict of the covert operation waged by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) throughout the sixties and early seventies against communist guerrillas in Laos. It includes images of Long Chen shot by the first Western camera crew to enter the base since the communists took control of the country in 1975. Full film available online.

Films from and about Vietnam Today, Vietnamese Immigrants, History, & Culture

Bastards [PN1997 .B3837 1999] Escaping Vietnam Tony and Tien, two Amerasian brothers abandoned by their American father, arrive in California to search for a better life. As Tien searches forhis father, Tony, embittered by the "American dream," takes refuge in a local gang of Amerasian kids and enters an underground worldof drugs and crime in Little Saigon. Bonded by a similar past, this misfit gangignites a new passion in Tony's life. Originally produced in 1996. (98 min.)

Cyclo [PN1997 .C9684 1997] In the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, a young cyclo (pedicab driver) transports anonymous passengers through the teeming streets, trying to eke out a meager living for his two sisters and elderly grandfather. In Vietnamese with enhanced English subtitles; credits in French.(123 minutes)

Hitchhiking Vietnam: Letters from the Trail (Click to link to this film's PBS web page) [DS556.39 .H57 1997] Karin Muller's extraordinary documentary about her experiences traveling on-her-own for seven months in Vietnam.

The JVC video anthology of world music and dance[VC-165] (music video) Vol. 6: Vietnam/Cambodia.

The Lover [PN1997 .L6839 1992 ] The Lover is director Jean-Jacques Annaud's adaptation of Marguerite Duras' minimalist 1984 novel. Set in French Indochina in 1929, the film explores the erotic charge of forbidden love. Jane March plays a French teenager sent to a Saigon boarding school, while Tony Leung is a 32-year Chinese aristocrat. They look at each and they both see a blinding white flash; it's kismet. He offers her a ride in his limousine and soon they meet in his "bachelor room" where they revel in a wide variety of creative sexual encounters. However, they both realize their love is doomed. She comes from a troubled family that includes a mentally-disturbed mother (Frederique Meininger) and drug-addicted brother (Arnaud Giovaninetti). It also appears that her family would not approve of an interracial tryst. But then neither would his family, since in order to inherit his father's wealth, he must not break from a traditional Chinese arranged marriage. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide(111 mins.) View trailer.

Marguerite Duras [PQ2607.U8245 Z757 2000] In this vintage interview of the 20th century French author, Marguerite Duras, she talks openly about the hardship and the romance of her childhood in French Indochina, sharing how this period haunted her life and shaped her work. Excerpts from her films and readings from her books by actress Elizabeth Rider and Duras herself bring to life those formative years in Vietnam.

Scent of Green Papaya [Art Reserve PN1997 .M8423 1995] [Videodisc] Vietnamese film set in 1950s Saigon, this film is about a young country girl who joins a family as their servant and who develops an enduring but secret attachment to a friend of the eldest son. In Vietnamese with yellow English subtitles. (112 minute) View trailer

Surname Viet, given name Nam [HQ1750.5 .S875 1989] Vietnamese-born Trinh T. Minh-ha's profoundly personal documentary explores the role of Vietnamese women historically and in contemporary society. Using dance, printed texts, folk poetry and the words and experiences of Vietnamese women in Vietnam from both North and South and the United States, Trinh's film challenges official culture with the voices of women. A theoretically and formally complex work, Surname Viet Given Name Nam explores the difficulty of translation, and themes of dislocation and exile, critiquing both traditional society and life since the war.

Three seasons [PN1997 .T53962 1999. Harvey Keitel, Don Duong, Nguyen Ngoc Hiep, Tran Manh Cuong, Zoe Bui, Nguyen Huu Duoc Tells the stories of several people living in or visiting post-war Vietnam, including James Hager (Harvey Keitel), an ex-G.I. searching for the daughter he left behind in the war. (110 mins.) View trailer

Vertical Ray of the Sun [PN1997 .A2357 2001] A deeply moving tale of tradition, love and deception. Three sisters, a brother, two husbands and a child are living and loving in a supportive clan that they have forged since the death of their parents. However, there are deep secrets that are threatening to disrupt the harmony and balance of their daily existence. Life is much more tenuous and complicated than it seems on the surface. Vietnamese or French dialogue, English subtitle.View trailer.

  • Prof. William A. Joseph:
  • Department of Political Science
  • Date Created: October 5, 1996
  • Last Modified: August 2011.