Hearts and Minds
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Hearts and Minds
The title of this documentary was inspired by the mantra recited by those in charge of the Vietnam War: "In order to win the war, we must win the hearts and minds of the people." The failure to achieve this, coupled with the disastrous no-win policies of the higher-ups, is the nucleus of this film, put together by director Peter Davis in the same manner as Marcel Ophuls' The Sorrow and the Pity. Like the Ophuls film, Davis juxtaposes news footage of the Vietnam war with interviews conducted with its observers and participants, interspersing vignettes of the fatuous comments made… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Provocative Vietnam War docu with violence, racial slurs."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"Peter Davis' Oscar-winning feature is a must-see documentary about Vietnam."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"... the first film to confront exactly what the United States did in Vietnam in the name of fighting communism and winning the "hearts and minds" of the Vietnamese people."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
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