Hearts and Minds

Hearts and Minds

Directed by Peter Davis • 1974 • United States

A startling and courageous film, Peter Davis' landmark 1974 documentary HEARTS AND MINDS unflinchingly confronted the United States' involvement in Vietnam at the height of the controversy that surrounded it. Using a wealth of sources, from interviews to newsreels to footage of the conflict and the upheaval it occasioned on the home front, Davis constructs a powerfully affecting picture of the disastrous effects of war. Explosive, persuasive, and wrenching, HEARTS AND MINDS is an overwhelming emotional experience and the most important nonfiction film ever made about this devastating period in history.

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Hearts and Minds
  • Hearts and Minds

    Directed by Peter Davis • 1974 • United States

    A startling and courageous film, Peter Davis' landmark 1974 documentary HEARTS AND MINDS unflinchingly confronted the United States' involvement in Vietnam at the height of the controversy that surrounded it. Using a wealth of sources, from interv...

Extras

  • HEARTS AND MINDS Commentary

    Recorded in 2001, this audio commentary features director Peter Davis.

  • Outtakes: Philippe Devillers

    In 1945, Philippe Devillers was assigned as press attaché to French General Philippe Leclerc and concurrently acted as the Indochina correspondent for “Le monde.” Devillers, who authored several books on Vietnam, was critical of French and American policies in Vietnam and here discusses the misco...

  • Outtakes: George Ball

    As undersecretary of state to President John F. Kennedy, George Ball was an early opponent of America’s military involvement in Vietnam. In Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration, he was one of the few advisers to argue against the U.S.’s escalation of the war. He resigned in 1966. In these excerpts,...

  • Outtakes: Tony Russo

    Tony Russo made history when he teamed up with Daniel Ellsberg to copy and leak the Pentagon Papers. In 1971, he and Ellsberg were charged with conspiracy, theft, and espionage. Citing governmental misconduct, a federal judge dismissed the charges. Here Russo discusses how his work for the RAND C...

  • Outtakes: David Brinkley

    From 1956 to 1970, journalist David Brinkley cohosted “The Huntley-Brinkley Report,” NBC’s nightly news show, with Chet Huntley. He later moved to ABC as a political commentator and retired in 1997. Highly critical of U.S. policy in Vietnam, Brinkley here discusses his personal feelings about the...

  • Outtakes: William Westmoreland

    William Westmoreland became the commander of United States forces in Vietnam in 1964. Named “Time” magazine’s Man of the Year in 1965, he came to be seen as the symbol for an unpopular war. In these excerpts from his HEARTS AND MINDS interview, he discusses civilian casualties in war, military st...

  • Outtakes: Quang Nam Funeral

    The following funeral footage was captured in a South Vietnamese village in the province of Quang Nam that had been bombed accidentally by Americans. In it, a woman mourns a civilian casualty of the bombing. Director Peter Davis and his crew remember this footage, shot by Dick Pearce, as one of t...

  • Outtakes: Cong Hoa Hospital

    This footage was shot in a South Vietnamese military hospital in Saigon and contains graphic and disturbing images of badly injured Army of the Republic of Vietnam soldiers. Though director Peter Davis did not find a context for this footage in HEARTS AND MINDS, he and his colleagues have never f...