Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier (1972)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 27, 1972
DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

The film is an important historical document, an eerily prescient antiwar plea and a dazzling example of moviemaking at its most iconographically potent.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.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Very much a product of its time: It's not an investigative piece; it's a combination of documentary footage, protest, despair and anger.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

The voices and faces of the Vietnam vets interviewed in the film give blunt testament to the tragic sameness of all wars.

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Sean P. Means

The most chilling aspect of "Winter Soldier" is that, 34 years down the road, it feels fresh.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Rich with moments of excruciating eloquence.

Chris Barsanti

...a damning portrait of institutionalized American brutality.

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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly

A harrowing and often nauseating compendium of battle-zone confessions that was cast into obscurity almost immediately upon release in 1972.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

I couldn't call this film a masterpiece, only indispensable.

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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

For an America enduring another summer of discontent in Iraq, Winter Soldier horrifically seems to prove that what's past is indeed prologue.

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Randy Tippy
Initially banned in the U.S., <i>Winter Soldier</i> is a candid compilation of eyewitness accounts and first hand testimony about atrocities… More
Walter M.
"Winter Soldier" is an illuminating and powerful documentary filmed in grainy black and white of the 1971 hearings held by the Vietnam Veterans… More