Sir! No Sir!

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A powerful reflection on a pivotal era, from a viewpoint seldom visited, this documentary hits home, especially with its relevance to current events.



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Like the Vietnam War itself, the GI anti-war movement started small and within a few years had exploded into a force that altered history. Like the times from which it grew, the movement involved organized actions and spontaneous resistance, political groups and cultural upheaval. Today, at a time when American troops are again fighting a protracted, questionable war, this military insurgency has been all but eliminated from collective memory. Even though it profoundly impacted American society, it rarely appears in historical accounts. This chronicle features news reports from local and national television broadcasts and archival images from newspapers and magazines. Recently shot interviews with individuals involved in the struggle include: Hollywood actor and activist Jane Fonda; soldiers imprisoned for refusing to fight, train other soldiers or ship out to the frontlines; Vietnam veterans who became anti-war activists or joined the over 500,000 soldiers who the Pentagon listed as deserters during the war; the leader of the Presidio 27 mutiny; and soldiers who went on strike while in Vietnam among others. As well, the film includes never-before-seen Super-8 and 16mm film footage of events in the GI movement shot by GIs and civilian activists.

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Critic Reviews for Sir! No Sir!

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (21)

  • We haven't got space to do justice to David Zeiger's important historical documentary Sir! No Sir! but suffice it to say that it will change your understanding of the Vietnam era, even if you were alive then.

    Dec 15, 2006
  • I expected to emerge depressed by how long these stories have gone untold, but the speakers' courage and humanity are a shot in the arm.

    Dec 15, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Zeiger's movie is a timely salute to the risky and brave men and women who had the temerity not only to think for themselves but to speak their minds.

    Jun 16, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Shines a light on a forgotten corner of the antiwar movement: the men (and a few women) who returned from their tours of duty filled with doubt and disillusionment over what they saw, and did, there.

    Jun 9, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • About an almost-forgotten fact of the Vietnam era: Anti-war sentiment among U.S. troops grew into a problem for the Pentagon.

    Jun 9, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Honors those who fought, then questioned the morality of that fight, then joined the national protest.

    Jun 8, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Sir! No Sir!

  • Oct 05, 2012
    Memorable documentary on the trials and tribulations of those who protested the Vietnam war...who actually were in Vietnam. The history of the soliders who rebelled on the field and their lives afterwards. A good addition to the Vietnam canon of film.
    John B Super Reviewer

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