• Hearts and Minds (1974)

Hearts and Minds

Release Date: October 22nd, 1974

DVD Release Date: June 25th, 2002

R |1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary

Many times during his presidency, Lyndon B. Johnson said that ultimate victory in the Vietnam War depended upon the U.S. military winning the "hearts and minds" of the Vietnamese people. Filmmaker Peter Davis uses Johnson's phrase in an ironic context in this anti-war documentary, filmed and released while the Vietnam War was still under way, juxtaposing interviews with military figures like U.S. Army Chief of Staff William C. Westmoreland with shocking scenes of violence and brutality.

Director: Peter Davis

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: BBS Productions

Keywords: 1970s, Fall, Soldier, 1960s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The problem is that the film is at such pains to make its points that it doesn't trust us to find our own connections. show more

  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The unnerving brilliance of the film owes to the director's skill at assembling information and allowing it to speak for itself. show more

  • 80
    TV Guide Magazine

    A powerful piece of documentary filmmaking. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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