Winter Soldier
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In February 1971, one month after the revelations of the My Lai massacre, an astonishing public inquiry into war crimes committed by American forces in Vietnam was held at a Howard Johnson motel in Detroit. The Vietnam Veterans Against the War organized this event called the Winter Soldier Investigation. More than 125 veterans spoke of atrocities they had witnessed and committed. Though the event was attended by press and television news crews, almost nothing was reported to the American public. Yet, this unprecedented forum marked a turning point in the anti-war movement. It was a pivotal… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"The film is an important historical document, an eerily prescient antiwar plea and a dazzling example of moviemaking at its most iconographically potent. But at its best, it is the eloquent, unforgettable tale of profound moral reckoning."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Very much a product of its time: It's not an investigative piece; it's a combination of documentary footage, protest, despair and anger."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"For an America enduring another summer of discontent in Iraq, Winter Soldier horrifically seems to prove that what's past is indeed prologue."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Amazingly relevant, and impossible to watch without thinking of current events."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The most chilling aspect of "Winter Soldier" is that, 34 years down the road, it feels fresh."
‑ Sean Means,
"Rich with moments of excruciating eloquence."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"No matter one's politics, this grainy black-and-white documentary can't fail but be convincing %u2013 and harrowing."
‑ Kent Turner,
"Meet the old war, same as the new war."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Time hasn't made it less excruciating to watch, nor less essential."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A harrowing and often nauseating compendium of battle-zone confessions that was cast into obscurity almost immediately upon release in 1972."
‑ John Patterson, L.A. Weekly
"I couldn't call this film a masterpiece, only indispensable."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It is one of the most difficult films to get through, yet it is also one of the most important films you may ever see."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Like Hearts and Minds and Fahrenheit 9/11, Winter Soldier is less documentary than in-the-heat-of-conflict document, too close to the bone for "distance.""
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Searing and sharp as a knife..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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