Hearts and Minds

Film. Directed by Peter Davis. 1974. 112 min.
Documentary about the Vietnam War.

  • Time Periods: 20th Century | Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School | Resource Types: Films

heartsandmindsThis powerful Academy Award winning documentary about the war in Vietnam is a metaphorical collage of interviews, battle footage, and daily life.  Students need a good deal of background about the war prior to viewing, but if they’re prepared, it can be an extraordinarily valuable resource. Some of the scenes and individuals are unforgettable, as our students, years later, will testify.

Note: A scene in a Saigon brothel is sexually explicit.  The filmmakers included it in part to explore the war’s effect on Vietnamese women, as  well as U.S. soldiers’ attitudes toward these women.

By Rialto Pictures | Available from The Criterion Collection.




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