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Sir! No! Sir! (2005)

Cast: Jane Fonda, Jane Fonda, Donald Duncan, more...
Director: David Zeiger, David Zeiger
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Studio: Docurama
Genre: Documentary, Political & Social Issues, Military
Running Time: 84 min.
Languages: English
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The little-known protest of the Vietnam War staged from within the ranks of the military is explored in director David Zeiger's revealing documentary. Despite the well-documented media coverage of Vietnam War protests that took place on college campuses across the nation, few people but the most ardent history buffs remain aware of the massive protests that flourished in U.S. barracks and military bases at home and abroad. Staged by countless military men disillusioned with the ongoing war, these protests reached from the hallowed halls of West Point to the bullet-riddled rice fields of Vietnam. Though hundreds of soldiers were imprisoned for voicing their controversial views and thousands more sent into exile for their subversive activities, the tireless efforts of the government and media to suppress this remarkable tale would eventually falter as the dissenting voices became too numerous to silence. Thirty years after the last bombs were dropped on Vietnam, the remarkable tale of the soldiers unafraid to stand up for their beliefs comes to the screen in a film that will forever alter the manner in which contemporary audiences view one of the most controversial wars in modern history. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Yes! by talltale January 1, 2007 - 11:18 AM PST
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Watching SIR! NO SIR! makes me realize anew that the line of bull the U.S. citizenry has been constantly fed by its current caretakers during the build-up to and since the Iraq war had its progenitors in the Vietnam era, when our government tried to mask--then annihilate--dissent from within the military itself. This documentary by David Zeiger is fascinating on several levels, not least in the manner that it demonstrates how patriotic Jane Fonda truly was. This will, of course, drive certain Americans around the proverbial bend, but here it is, for all to see.

Revisionist history is now trying to tell us that the Domino Theory was actually true so that our complete and abysmal failure in Vietnam was some kind of nut-job triumph, and I am sure that the powers-that-be are this minute concocting some black-is-white scenario of how and why our destruction of Iraq is somehow meaningful and necessary. View "Sir! No, Sir!" as soon as you can, if only as an intelligent and hard-won deterrent to shameful government propaganda--whether it be from the United States, Germany (Ophuls' "The Memory of Justice" and "Hotel Terminus"), France ("The Eye of Vichy") or anywhere else. Historically, no country or people possesses a monopoly on sleazy wartime propaganda, but the United States of America has certainly cornered the market for the time being.

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