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Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier (1972)

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Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 0

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In the late 1960's, the war in Vietnam was widely criticized by activists and college students across the United States, but at the dawn of the 1970's new voices joined the outcry against the war. Vietnam Veterans Against the War (or VVAW) was a group formed by men who had served in Vietnam and had come to believe that the war -- and America's presence in it -- was wrong. In early 1971, as reports of the 1968 My Lai Massacre and the court martial of Lt. William Calley were still in the news, the

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (0) | DVD (8)

The film is an important historical document, an eerily prescient antiwar plea and a dazzling example of moviemaking at its most iconographically potent.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

December 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The most chilling aspect of "Winter Soldier" is that, 34 years down the road, it feels fresh.

November 11, 2005
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A harrowing and often nauseating compendium of battle-zone confessions that was cast into obscurity almost immediately upon release in 1972.

November 3, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Very much a product of its time: It's not an investigative piece; it's a combination of documentary footage, protest, despair and anger.

October 14, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Rich with moments of excruciating eloquence.

October 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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I couldn't call this film a masterpiece, only indispensable.

September 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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For an America enduring another summer of discontent in Iraq, Winter Soldier horrifically seems to prove that what's past is indeed prologue.

June 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

No matter one's politics, this grainy black-and-white documentary can't fail but be convincing %u2013 and harrowing.

May 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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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.

May 8, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
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Amazingly relevant, and impossible to watch without thinking of current events.

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Meet the old war, same as the new war.

April 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

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."

April 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Unsettling.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Time hasn't made it less excruciating to watch, nor less essential.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Searing and sharp as a knife...

November 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The shadow of Abu Ghraib looms over these expert witnesses as they spin their anecdotes of murder, torture and humiliation, which decades later still have the ability to make a 'good citizen' nauseous with shame.

September 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

War is hell; Winter Soldier shows that this was true of the Vietnam War, only more so.

August 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Initially banned in the U.S., Winter Soldier is a candid compilation of eyewitness accounts and first hand testimony about atrocities committed during the Vietnam war. Harsh but eye opening.
December 13, 2010
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"Winter Soldier" is an illuminating and powerful documentary filmed in grainy black and white of the 1971 hearings held by the Vietnam Veterans against the War. In the hearings, the veterans testify about atrocities committed by American troops in Vietnam. The documentary consists of testimony and conversation with some photographic evidence. All of which is thoroughly gripping.

What comes to the fore in the testimony is how much an underlying cause of the atrocities racism was. I remember reading that demeaning a group of people(in this case using the derogatory term "gook" to describe the Vietnamese people) makes it psychologically easier to hurt them. In the end, the ultimate responsibility is laid at the foot of the command officers. They are the ones who set policy and punishments. The documentary is timely, as ever.

The movie urges the need for people of different viewpoints to converse. Occasionally, this can serve as a form of therapy.
December 12, 2005
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