Hearts and Minds


Action / Documentary / War

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 91%
IMDb Rating 8.3 10 4623


Uploaded By: OTTO
Downloaded 59,447 times
June 01, 2014 at 07:14 AM



Ronald Reagan as Himself
Bob Hope as Himself
John F. Kennedy as Himself
Helen Hayes as Herself
720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
811.04 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 52 min
P/S 5 / 18
1.64 GB
23.976 fps
1hr 52 min
P/S 0 / 31

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by sykespj 9 / 10

The dark heart of the matter...

As a kid growing up in Australia and the United States during the Vietnam years, it was hard to avoid the fact that something deeply troubling was going on. Our prime minister, Harold Holt, went into the 1966 election with the slogan, "All the way with LBJ". I still remember the graffiti on the playground at the Gold Coast. As a student at the Singapore American School in 1968, all felt duty-bound to choose sides... Humphrey or Nixon.

One flight to the States took us right over the top of Nam. You could look down on high and see, far below, American warplanes. Texas was another world. If you were pro-peace, you were labeled a commie, no matter how old you were.

This is a documentary about American involvement in Vietnam. It doesn't focus on atrocities committed by the Viet Cong or North Vietnamese regulars, because it is about Americans. The sins of others do not justify your own. The film itself is a slice of history. Made not long after the American withdrawal, it depicts all sides of the debate with remarkable clarity using nothing else but film and interviews.

This is not so much a history of the war in Vietnam, as it is an introspective look at what it means to be American. It is quite simply the best documentary on American involvement in Vietnam that I have ever seen.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

Grim little Vietnam War documentary

HEARTS AND MINDS is an interesting little documentary exploring the controversial side of the Vietnam War. Made in 1974 when everybody knew just what a bad idea the whole enterprise had been, this features some documentary footage of the war itself combined with plenty of interviews from both the Vietnamese and the American troops involved. Some of the views expressed are, shall we say, quite shocking in this day and age, while the violence meted out is equally so. It's all rather grim and depressing, if truth be told, but this documentary's timeliness makes it well worth a look for anyone with an interest in the ill-fated war.

Reviewed by tjgoalie13 9 / 10

One of the Best Documentaries Ever.

Hearts and Minds is a powerful documentary directed by Peter Davis, that exemplifies what a documentary can and should be. Rightfully so Hearts and Minds won the Oscar for Best Documentary, and remains a powerful, yet unsettling viewing experience. Hearts and Minds exemplifies a great documentary, because it tells an important and relevant real story, it remains as objective in it's presentation as possible, and it never holds back. All of this being said the film really features so much disturbing imagery, only so many people can willingly watch it, and more than likely many more will avoid it.

The scope of the film is quite large, in terms of time, as it really covers about a ten to fifteen year period. The scope combined with the impact of the Vietnam War, make the story the documentary is telling all the more relevant, and important. When looking at real events in United States history that show an evolution, and are "film" worthy the Vietnam War is on the top of that list. Even more impressive is Davis method of telling his story, as there was probably a story to be told about the war exclusively, but Davis chose to show how the war affected the country. This made the scope larger, and the story even more relevant.

Davis did a great job of showing the Country's borderline unflinching faith in its government, and that by the end of the war, the attitudes of almost everybody had changed, in some way. With so many different views, and such a complex issue, it would have been easy for Davis to focus on one side, but he went out of his way to show almost all viewpoints, and even portray them in a way where the audience can empathize with most of them. This makes his presentation all the more powerful, as the audience is almost forced to feel conflicted. Davis used this tactic to show the polarizing aspects of war, as well as "thinking revolution" that the country underwent with Vietnam.

To fully understand the "Thinking Revolution" Davis had to show the atrocities of war, so that the audience, whenever they may watch it would fully understand why there was a thinking revolution. The film never really holds back, it shows every different viewpoint, as well as what happened in the war, however disturbing it may be. Throughout the film the audience is subjected to terrible imagery, that is even scarier because it's real, and uncensored. Watching this an audience member could finally realize how glorified films are, as none of them capture the nauseating imagery this film is full of. In the end the message seems anti-war, as it never presents that message, but it also bombards the audience with mostly negative imagery.

In the end Hearts and Minds is a powerful, albeit disturbing experience, not meant for the weak-stomached or weak-willed. The film brilliantly shows an evolution of multiple societies, as well as the polarizing and negative aspects of the Vietnam War. The film should be commended for showing various different viewpoints and rarely treating any viewpoint with irreverence. Hearts and Minds, truly is a disturbing yet necessary experience.

Read more IMDb reviews


Be the first to leave a comment