What is the best movie for accurately representing the Vietnam war?
Vets - what was best for showing what it was like for the soldier?
Family members of vets - what was it like from the partners, parents and children's perspectives?
I am not a Vet but I am the son of a living Vietnam Vet. I am not sure how my father would answer this but in my opinion, "Full Medal Jacket" touches my heart. It starts off rather comedic with the constant bullying of "Gomer Pyle" (that was his nick-name in the movie, don't remember his character's name but played by Vincent D'Onofrio). The movie abruptly turns into fast-paced action immediately following boot-camp, and the "boys" are hardly prepared for the reality of war. I give it 5 stars and am interested to see follow-up answers. Great Question!
I don't think there's any way to actually qualify this since every experience was different. I know that my father's experiences in the war haven't been represented by any of the movies I've seen (he refuses to watch any). Plus we have to remember that hundreds of thousands of service personnel never saw combat and served in support roles.
Forrest Gump and Platoon? Not really sure but you need to watch them to find out.
I know you said Vietnam, but for WWII, the beginning of "Saving Private Ryan" is powerful and really tears up most of the veterans I talk to. They say it's spot on.
"The Killing Fields" although it was about the genocide in Cambodia. It accurately represented the resulting miseries that people suffered because of American involvement in Vietnam and it's decision to escalate the war into the surrounding countries
Thanks for the answers. Keep 'em comin' folks!
Full Metal Jacket and Platoon are movies that I've heard are particularly accurate, but I'd like to hear it from the horses mouth. I haven't seen The Killing Fields yet, so I'll get right on that. Seicheprey has a good point though.
by Kaili Bisson 4 years ago
Which artist or band do you most associate with the Vietnam War?I always think of CCR - Creedence Clearwater Revival - when I think of Vietnam...how about you?
by screaming 6 years ago
Yet he managed not to serve in that war!
by Billie Pagliolo 5 years ago
Are the conscientious objectors to the Vietnam War misunderstood, by those in their 20's and 30's?My friend from Minnesota called yesterday talking about the conservative nature of our children. Her husband, as a matter of soul-wrentching decision-making, signed up for the Peace Corps during...
by peter565 16 months ago
What are some of the main reasons we lost the Vietnam war?
by Deforest 3 years ago
..."Thousands of GIs participated in the antiwar movement. Many felt betrayed by their government. They established coffee houses and underground newspapers where they shared information about resistance. During the course of the war, more than 500,000 soldiers deserted. The strength of the...
by SAQIB 3 years ago
I was watching "Apocalypse Now", could not understand WHY VIETNAM WARS WAS FOUGHT?Its a wonderful movie let me tell you. Amazing performances by Marlon Brando and Co, excellent direction, great camera work according to its time, but I have really been wondering what was the MAIN AIM...
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