Saturday, February 7, 2015

Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

Director: Rory Kennedy. 98 min. Documentary.

April, 1975. The one element that Communist North Vietnam feared (Nixon) is out of office, and there's nothing to slow them from trampling the Peace Accords and invading South Vietnam. While Saigon is to fall any day, a brave American ambassador sees the evacuation of 6,000 Americans and 160,000 "deserving" Vietnamese, as a sign of defeat. In our nowadays ocean of negativity swirling around US foreign policies, this is a film about Americans trying to do good overseas - rules and regulations be damned. Even Richard "be-prepared-to-go-back-to-the-Stone-Age" Armitage gets a redeeming moment. A well-made lesson in contemporary history.

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