During the final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. The U.S. had only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. With the clock ticking, a number of heroic Americans took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in an effort to save as many South Vietnamese as possible.
Academy Award® Nominee for Best Documentary Feature.
Video Librarian's Best Documentary of 2015.
American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam
April 1975. During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. The United States had only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. With the lives of thousands of South Vietnamese hanging in the balance, those in control faced an impossible choice - - who would go and who would be left behind to face brutality, imprisonment or even death.
At the risk of their careers and possible courts-martial, a handful of individuals took matters into their own hands. Engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations, they waged a desperate effort to evacuate as many South Vietnamese as possible.
Includes both the Academy Award®-nominated theatrical release and the extended AMERICAN EXPERIENCE broadcast version.
Producer: Rory Kennedy
Executive Producer: Mark Samels
Production Company: A Moxie Firecracker Production
Production Year: 2015
Copyright Year: 2014
Writers: Keven McAlester, Mark Bailey
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 97 minutes
Subtitle Languages: English
Language Track: English
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
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