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Things Fall Apart (January-June 1968) 

Shaken by the violence of the Tet Offensive, assassinations of leaders and domestic unrest, Americans begin to doubt President Lyndon B. Johnson's promise that victory in Vietnam is near and he ultimately decides not to seek reelection.

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Ken Burns, Lynn Novick
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Coyote ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Ron Ferrizzi Ron Ferrizzi ... Self - Helicopter Crew Chief
Warren Rogers Warren Rogers ... Self - Look Magazine (archive footage)
William C. Westmoreland ... Self - Commanding General in S. Vietnam (archive footage) (as Gen. Wm. C. Westmoreland)
Ho Huu Lan Ho Huu Lan ... Self - N. Vietnamese Army
Le Van Cho Le Van Cho ... Self - N. Vietnamese Army
Philip Brady Philip Brady ... Self - U.S.A.I.D
Cao Xuan Dai Cao Xuan Dai ... Self - N. Vietnamese Army
Le Cong Huan Le Cong Huan ... Self - Viet Cong
Huy Duc Huy Duc ... Self - North Vietnam
Hal Kushner Hal Kushner ... Self - Army Doctor
Nguyen Ngoc Nguyen Ngoc ... Self - N. Vietnamese Army
Nguyen Van Tong Nguyen Van Tong ... Self - Viet Cong
Roger Harris Roger Harris ... Self - Marines
Duong Van Mai Elliott Duong Van Mai Elliott ... Self - Saigon
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Shaken by the violence of the Tet Offensive, assassinations of leaders and domestic unrest, Americans begin to doubt President Lyndon B. Johnson's promise that victory in Vietnam is near and he ultimately decides not to seek reelection.

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Trivia

The surprise Tet offensive by North-Vietnam forces, followed by the battle of Hue at the Perfume River, were dramatized in Full Metal Jacket (1987). See more »

Goofs

Closeup video of TEAC tape recorder while President Johnson is speaking is reversed (mirror image). Reel-to-reel tape recorders, when played, rotate reels counterclockwise, not clockwise. You can also see that the AMPEX brand name on the plastic reel is backward. See more »

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12 Ghosts II
Written by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Performed by Nine Inch Nails
Courtesy of The Null Corporation
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Things Fall Apart (January-July 1968)
23 October 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

In 1968 America is heading for disturbance at home. There is civil rights disobedience, the tensions of the war is causing a ripple effect domestically. There seems to be lurch towards violence internationally with student protests around the world. The period of this episode sees the assassination of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.

As for Vietnam, the Vietcong launch a tactical offensive during the lunar new year celebrations. An attack on Saigon and other regional cities. It ultimately failed but as newscaster Walter Cronkite observed there would be no victory or defeat for America, just a brutal stalemate.

LBJ weary of spinning the news media decided not to seek re- election. The American soldiers were frustrated and fatigued, we see one of them being interviewed and how resentful he was when a female journalist asked him how he felt.

The episode does not shy away from asking the former Vietcong about their own humiliation, the atrocities committed on innocent villagers as mass graves were uncovered.


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Country:

USA

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English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

24 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Florentine Films See more »
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