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Films Based on the Vietnam War
Apocalypse Now by
Call Number: Clarkston / Dunwoody - DVD PN1997 .A67 1999
Publication Date: 1979
A United States Army officer/trained assassin is sent into the depths of a southeast Asian jungle to seek out a renegade colonel and terminate his command during the Vietnam War.
Dead Presidents by
Call Number: Atlanta - DVD PN1997 .D4222 1998
Publication Date: 1995
"On the streets, they call cash dead presidents. And that's just what a Vietnam veteran is after when he returns home from the war, only to find himself drawn into a life of crime. With the aid of his fellow vets he plans the ultimate heist--a daring robbery of an armored car filled with unmarked U.S. currency!"--Container
First Blood by
Call Number: Atlanta - DVD PN1997 .F5445 2006 / Clarkston - DVD PN1997 .F572 2006
Publication Date: 1982
A mentally unstable Vietnam vet has a one-man war with the police force of a small town after they abuse him. Includes a never-before-seen alternate suicide ending, deleted scenes and commentary with Sylvester Stallone.
Forrest Gump by
Call Number: Atlanta - DVD PN1997 .F64 2001 / Clarkston - DVD PN1997 .F6745 2001
Publication Date: 1994
The story follows the life of low I.Q. Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) and his meeting with the love of his life Jenny. The film chronicles his accidental experiences with some of the most important people and events in America from the late 1950's through the 1970's including a meeting with Elvis Presley, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, fighting in Vietnam, etc. The problem is, he doesn't realize the significance of his actions. Forrest comes to embody a generation.
Full Metal Jacket by
Call Number: Atlanta - DVD PN1997 .F85 2001 / Clarkston - DVD PN1997 .F84 2001b / DVD PN1997 .F84 2007 / Decatur / Newton - DVD PN1997 .F84 2007b
Publication Date: 1987
"A superb ensemble cast falls in for action in Stanley Kubrick's brilliant saga about the Vietnam War and the dehumanizing process that turns people into trained killers."--Container.
Good Morning, Vietnam by
Call Number: Dunwoody - DVD PN1997 .G6655 2006
Publication Date: 1987
Imported by the Army for an early morning radio show in Vietnam, disc jockey Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) blasts the formerly staid, sanitized airwaves with a constant barrage of rapid-fire humor and the hottest hits from back home. The G.I.'s love him, but the brass is up in arms.
The Green Berets by
Call Number: Clarkston / Decatur - DVD PN1997 .G754 2007
Publication Date: 1968
They were crack troops skilled in the techniques of unconditional warfare, the soldiers of the Special Forces-- and the focus of Hollywood's first feature film about the Vietnam War.
Last Days in Vietnam (PBS) by
Call Number: Alpharetta - DVD DS558 .L37 2015
Publication Date: 2014
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.
* Also available on Films on Demand
Call Number: Clarkston / Dunwoody - DVD PN1997 .P547 2001 / Newton - DVD PN1997 .P547 2006
Publication Date: 1986
Follows young Chris Taylor who arrives in Vietnam and quickly discovers that his worst enemies are not just the Viet Cong, but gnawing fear, physical exhaustion, and the anger growing within himself.
The Post by
Call Number: Alpharetta - DVD PN1997.2 .P6725 2018
Publication Date: 2017
Based on the events surrounding the release of the Pentagon Papers, documents which detailed the history of the United States' political and military involvement in Vietnam
We Were Soldiers by
Call Number: Clarkston - DVD PN1997 .W42 2002
Publication Date: 2002
Lt. Col. Hal Moore is the commander of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry. As part of the Pleiku Campaign of late 1965, Moore is assigned to action at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, an area known to be overrun by North Vietnamese troops and nicknamed "The Valley of Death." Moore soon finds himself and his men contained to an area about the size of a football field, surrounded by more than 2,000 enemy troops and engaged in the first major battle of the war.