Last Days in Vietnam


Last Days in Vietnam

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As gripping as it is inspiring, Last Days in Vietnam offers a surprisingly fresh -- and heart-wrenching -- perspective on the end of the Vietnam War.



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During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempted to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confronted a moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate only U.S. citizens or risk being charged with treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they could. With time running out and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes emerged as Americans and South Vietnamese took matters into their own hands. (C) IFC FIlms


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  • May 02, 2015
    A historical documentary with surprising emotional power and the reason is that it has no real desire to make any kind of statement (for those who were troubled by this fact, I can only say that most people are well aware the Vietnam war was a debacle, so restating it has no impact) other than to tell the facts. I had no idea so much raw footage of those few weeks existed.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2015
    Held together strongly by powerful interviews and heartbreaking imagery, "Last Days in Vietnam" tells the stories of the many people that were left at the end of the war, who made it out alive to tell their stories and who was unlucky. This film gives a very raw and true look into the lives of these people, and by the end of the film you may find yourself tearing up every now and then. My biggest complaint about this Documentary is that it feels extremely repetitive and many people use a lot of the same material to get their stories across, dragging the film to it's conclusion. At 97-minutes, I truly believe about 20-minutes could have been shaven off to make for a really great film, but it is a good film overall. "Last Days in Vietnam" is not groundbreaking, but it is impressive.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2015
    One of the better PBS films. I had seen the image of the last plane leaving Vietnam but here we get the full story of fate and how some survive due to circumstance with others being less fortunate.
    John B Super Reviewer

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