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A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973) 

The South Vietnamese fight on their own, succumbing to terrible losses in Laos. After he is reelected, President Richard Nixon strikes a peace deal with Hanoi that sees the release of American prisoners of war.

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Ken Burns, Lynn Novick
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Episode credited cast:
Peter Coyote ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Everett Alvarez Everett Alvarez ... Himself - Prisoner of War (archive footage)
Joan Baez ... Herself - Political Activist (archive footage)
Rennie Davis ... Himself - Member May Day Tribe (archive footage)
David Dellinger David Dellinger ... Himself - War Resister League Member (archive footage)
Le Duan Le Duan ... Himself - Leader of N. Vietnam (archive footage)
Huy Duc Huy Duc ... Himself - N. Vietnam
Duong Van Mai Elliott Duong Van Mai Elliott ... Herself - Saigon
Ron Ferrizzi Ron Ferrizzi ... Himself - Army
Robert Gard Robert Gard ... Himself - Pentagon
Leslie Gelb Leslie Gelb ... Himself - Pentagon
James Gillam James Gillam ... Himself - Army
Phil Gioia Phil Gioia ... Himself - Army
H.R. Haldeman ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Tom Hayden ... Himself - Indochina Peace Campaign (archive footage)
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The South Vietnamese fight on their own, succumbing to terrible losses in Laos. After he is reelected, President Richard Nixon strikes a peace deal with Hanoi that sees the release of American prisoners of war.

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USA

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English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

27 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Florentine Films See more »
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16:9 HD
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What's Going On
Written by Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye and Renaldo Benson
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Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)
18 November 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The penultimate episode in some ways reflects the dual personalities of Richard Nixon.

On the one hand Nixon starts reducing support to the South Vietnamese. He wants to pursue a peaceful resolution, bring home the American prisoners of war and continue with the peace talks.

The South Vietnamese are fighting on their own and suffer terrible defeats. Nixon then resumes intense bombings on the North Vietnamese, we see the effects of Agent Orange being inflicted on civilians including of the now famous photograph of the naked Vietnamese girl running while her body is burning.

The children of Nixon's silent majority are now protesting against the war. America might be divided but Nixon is re-elected by a landslide. The silent majority were on his side helped because the Democrats tore themselves apart for starting the war in the first place.

Yet Nixon's paranoia has also started a chain of events that would later lead to his downfall. Yet let us not gloss over his political astuteness. Nixon goes to China, he talks to the Soviets, Nixon knows if there is to be a fruitful peace process and to get the South Vietnamese onside the American government needs to get the major powers on-board.


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