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Last Days In Vietnam

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Rory Kennedy

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About the Movie

During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, North Vietnamese forces closed in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance quickly crumbled. With the specter of a Communist victory looming and only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country, the United States prepared to withdraw. As they began to realize the likely imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, American diplomats and soldiers confronted a moral quandary: obey White House orders to evacuate only U.S. citizens, or risk being charged with treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can. With time running out and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes emerged as Americans and South Vietnamese took matters into their own hands.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 60
  • Fresh: 57
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 8.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Perhaps the most striking thing about "Last Days in Vietnam," Rory Kennedy's eye-opening documentary about the 1975 evacuation of the American Embassy in Saigon, is how calmly it surveys what was once among the angriest topics in American political life. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Sep 4, 2014

Fresh: The film is rich in archival-memory and first-person recollections of many key figures, of higher and lower or no rank at all. – Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, Apr 28, 2015

Fresh: Sometimes the stories we think we know, the stories where we don't want to hear another word, turn out to be the most involving of all, the ones we in fact know the least about. So it is with "Last Days in Vietnam." – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Sep 18, 2014

Fresh: One of the things that makes Kennedy's film so powerful is that it's not just a story of stupidity and tragedy and incompetence, although there's more than enough of those qualities to be found in the history of America's Vietnamese misadventure. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Sep 4, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Caught my mind and heart

This film captures the story of real people who risked it all to do the right thing.

Required Viewing….

This film should be shown in every high school and be required viewing of every student graduating.
Stuart Herrington, Army Captain, said it best “But sometimes there is an issue not of legal and illegal but of right or wrong”. You cannot miss the 10-minute mark into the film when footage is shown of people trying to get aboard an aircraft taking off the ground. If that doesn’t move you then I don’t know what would.

Why can't I rent this

The rent and purchase options are grayed-out on this and some of the other documentaries. What's the deal?

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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