Sir! No Sir!
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The little-known protest of the Vietnam War staged from within the ranks of the military is explored in director David Zeiger's revealing documentary. Despite the well-documented media coverage of Vietnam War protests that took place on college campuses across the nation, few people but the most ardent history buffs remain aware of the massive protests that flourished in U.S. barracks and military bases at home and abroad. Staged by countless military men disillusioned with the ongoing war, these protests reached from the hallowed halls of West Point to the bullet-riddled rice fields of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"We haven't got space to do justice to David Zeiger's important historical documentary Sir! No Sir! but suffice it to say that it will change your understanding of the Vietnam era, even if you were alive then."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Shines a light on a forgotten corner of the antiwar movement: the men (and a few women) who returned from their tours of duty filled with doubt and disillusionment over what they saw, and did, there."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"An aimless pastiche of archival footage and current interviews of former Vietnam vets court-martialed and jailed for their anti-war activities."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Not only a fascinating illumination of a blotted-out part of the counter-cultural, popular-protest '60s, but a timely questioning of patriotism and duty in the midst of an increasingly unjustifiable war."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Whatever political side you're on, you owe it to yourself to see Sir! No Sir!"
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"I expected to emerge depressed by how long these stories have gone untold, but the speakers' courage and humanity are a shot in the arm."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"About an almost-forgotten fact of the Vietnam era: Anti-war sentiment among U.S. troops grew into a problem for the Pentagon."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The power Sir! No Sir! has as a film overrides any problems it presents."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Zeiger makes good use of archival footage, photos and sound bites from the period. And the frankness of his interview subjects is refreshing."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Zeiger has rallied remarkable faces and voices."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Zeiger's movie is a timely salute to the risky and brave men and women who had the temerity not only to think for themselves but to speak their minds."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Honors those who fought, then questioned the morality of that fight, then joined the national protest."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"David Zeiger's documentary feature Sir! No Sir! might be described as a therapeutic film, since it seeks to cure some small part of America's amnesia."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"Zeiger presents a trippy alternative history that prompts questions about what today's troops in Iraq might be thinking."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Because there's a contemporary vibe to David Zeiger's informative Vietnam War documentary, the film is able to exist on two separate (if unavoidably linked) plateaus."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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