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The Weight of Memory (March 1973 - Onward) 

Civil war continues in Vietnam as President Richard Nixon resigns. After North Vietnamese troops regain control of Saigon and the war ends, people from all sides search for reconciliation.

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Ken Burns, Lynn Novick
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Peter Coyote ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Tim O'Brien ... Self - Author, The Things They Carried
Everett Alvarez Everett Alvarez ... Self - Prisoner of War
Hal Kushner Hal Kushner ... Self - Prisoner of War
Stuart Herrington ... Self - Intelligence Officer
Jack Todd Jack Todd ... Self - Montreal
John Negroponte ... Self - State Department
Lam Quang Thi Lam Quang Thi ... Self - S. Vietnamese Army
Lewis Sorley Lewis Sorley ... Self - Army
Robert Gard Robert Gard ... Self - Army
Duong Van Mai Elliott Duong Van Mai Elliott ... Self - Saigon
James Willbanks James Willbanks ... Self - Army
Huy Duc Huy Duc ... Self - Journalist
Pham Duy Tat Pham Duy Tat ... Self - S. Vietnamese Army
Bao Ninh Bao Ninh ... Self - N. Vietnamese Army
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Civil war continues in Vietnam as President Richard Nixon resigns. After North Vietnamese troops regain control of Saigon and the war ends, people from all sides search for reconciliation.

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Phan Quang Tue: [about being evacuated during the Fall of Saigon] I knew that the end was approaching. When you are at the center of the storm, you have to get out. When I myself, and my immediate family, and my father and his immediate family, went to Tahn Son Nhut Airport, through the whole thing I said, "This is crazy, you know. Why do we have to leave under these conditions?" It was so humiliating, and I carried that humiliation with me to the United States. When I get in line to sign up for a job, I remind...
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A Stunning Portrayal of a Horrible Time
6 November 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I don't have the expertise to know whether Ken Burns and his people captured the entirety of Vietnam. Probably not. He took it on, however, and it was stunning an emotional and sad. I could not take my eyes off each episode. It was a portrayal of the carnage and destruction and dissembling that people in power are able to bring about. We create governments, give them our trust and, for the most part, it is validated. But every so often, perhaps too often, an overzealous response to some ideology brings the horrors of war. This final episode shows a nation that made a pact, accepted the trust, and then betrayed a whole country. Of course, that pact should have never been made and those that knew that never deserved trust. I've still never heard an acceptable reason for even being in Vietnam in the first place. All the other stuff is the debris of that decision. There was great heroism and sacrifice--but to what end. Well, some say patriotism. Is patriotism giving yourself up because some cigar smoking politician who will never see combat thinks war is a good idea. But I digress. This final episode, which focuses on what happened after we pulled out is stunning. This is the part that most people don't think about. If you can keep back a tear during the description of the Vietnam Memorial wall, you are made of sterner stuff than I am. Another triumph for Ken Burns and his people.


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English | Vietnamese

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28 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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