Hearts and Minds (1974)

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Hearts and Minds is a 1974 American documentary film about the Vietnam War directed by Peter Davis. The film’s title is based on a quote from President Lyndon B. Johnson: “the ultimate victory will depend on the hearts and minds of the people who actually live out there”.[1] The movie was chosen as Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 47th Academy Awards presented in 1975.[2]

The film premiered at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival. Commercial distribution was delayed in the United States due to legal issues, including a temporary restraining order obtained by one of the interviewees, former National Security Advisor Walt Rostow who had claimed through his attorney that the film was “somewhat misleading” and “not representative” and that he had not been given the opportunity to approve the results of his interview.[3] Columbia Pictures refused to distribute the picture and the producers had to purchase back the rights and released it by other means. The film was shown in Los Angeles for the one week it needed to be eligible for consideration in the 1974 Academy Awards.


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Mileni Guindo Fernandes on Sep 24, 2015

from the archives:

History is the enemy as ‘brilliant’ psy-ops become the news by John Pilger

Sir, No Sir! (must-see)

Daniel Ellsberg: We Need Whistle Blowers to Stop Murder

Martin Luther King Jr. on The Mike Douglas Show (1967)

Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break Silence By Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967)

Vietnam: The Last Battle by John Pilger

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

Vietnam and the Intellectuals: Chomsky vs Buckley (1969)

A Recipe For Disaster by Bruce Gagnon + Day Last Past + Vietnam: American Holocaust

Deborah Nelson: The War Behind Me

10 thoughts on “Hearts and Minds (1974)

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  5. God in heaven ~ some God! Red, white and blue, off-planet and exempt from feeling. The tragedy of it all is inescapable. It will never go away. I was in Toronto in 1967/8, when the place was a haven for Americans rejecting the draft. They enriched the culture.

    The US has to live with the record of its mad serial psychopathology, and even now this corporate ideology is murdering and assassinating and persecuting itself out of its culpability for genocide…no words are sufficient to condemn this retrograde barbarism, this empire of greed and ignorance. Its wrong-headed perversity is legendary.

    What normal human beings could sanction this degree of wanton cruelty? They’re only peasants? Asian manure. The French managed to kick off one of the most brutal and iniquitous crimes of the century. Where is the dignity in the gratuitous torture of innocents? The only honor is duty and obedience to the cause. But there is no moral distinction or difference from this blind allegiance to America’s purported divine right, than to Nazi atrocity or Stalin’s heinous crimes.

    Dresden was no different in kind for that matter, one horrendous enduring scream of pain. Nagasaki, Hiroshima. Hyper-organised agony, proficient execution. Fine for those who are not on the receiving end. Iraq and beyond? We are a sick species.

    This film and “Vietnam:American Holocaust” tell us all we shall ever need to know. A nod is as good as a wink to that bigoted, demented imbecile “General” Westmoreland. The name says it all. What epic philosophy! Nice job Monsanto.

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