One of the 1001 Films to See Before You Die, this was an excellent documentary about a war I realized I knew little about. How it started, and how we were slow-boiled into an inferno without understanding what the conflict was about. The attitudes about other cultures exhibited by famous military and political leaders I had read about before were surprising to me., and partially explain in a way I had understood before, one of the key reasons why we were there. The military and political leadership figures mistook a willingness to die for their country as a sign of the North Vietnamese not caring about the value of life. So, this gave us license to carpet bomb and destroy villages at will. Of course, this came back to bite us, because of the aforementioned determination to win at all costs by our so-called 'enemies',
This dynamic pervades the film. If we could see a similar film about, say, Syria, it would be enlightening. I'll look for one.
One of the 1001 Movies you must see before you die, this film is a remake of the same film with the same lead actor reprising his role from 30 years before. That alone intrigued me. Beyond that, it is the kind of film that would be interesting to actors and other people in theater, but that is not me, and what passed for a quirky, interesting use of inexpensive sets and costumes now seems a cliché. I can see how the film made it into the 1001 pantheon, though. 2 1/2 stars for me.
I read a review of "They Shoot Horses..." in "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" which sounded intriguing, and we like Jane Fonda, so we watched this. Rotten Tomatoes was pretty high on it as well.
It's not exactly cheerful, but it said a lot about the Great Depression and our culture then and now. Being relevant today is, for me, a sure sign of great work of art. The actor who impressed and surprised me the most was Gig Young. He's usually a character actor who you can take or leave but he was riveting in this performance. 4 stars.
One of the 1001 Movies. All the Peckinpah elements are here, including actors from the Wild Bunch, nearly reprising their roles, and slo-mo shootouts. It wanders around a bit. Definitely a 70s picture. 4 Stars.