Sir! No Sir!
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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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 53
- Fresh: 47
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 7.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: In his smart, timely documentary, David Zeiger remembers that war and the veterans whose struggles against it are too often forgotten.
Fresh: A powerful documentary that uncovers half-forgotten history, history that is still relevant but not in ways you might be expecting.
Fresh: We haven't got space to do justice to David Zeiger's important historical documentary Sir! No Sir! but suffice it to say that it will change your understanding of the Vietnam era, even if you were alive then.
Fresh: As it is, this one is compelling enough, a potent mix of outrage, residual anger, and sorrow that speaks not just to the legacy of our misadventures in Vietnam, but to the entire uncertain future of a nation at war.
A Testimony to Courage of American GIs
This is one movie politicians do not want people to see. If the people truly knew what went on in war and asked themselves the most important question of all (why should I send others to fight a war that I would not fight myself?), then all wars would end immediately. Far from being anti-American, it shows the wonderful power of American soldiers to tell the American public what was really going on, bypassing the filters of the government and the media.
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism
The war in Vietnam was manufactured from day one and these brave people saw the truth. This film is amazing and, given the fact that America is once again in a morally questionable war on foreign soil, this is all the more timely. How many modern patriots in our military services have seen the truth of the Iraq War?
Ignore the inarticulate negative reviews of this film. It documents a turbulent time in our country's history from a perspective we rarely see. It has nothing to do with being anti-American, I think it's the opposite. This film relates the stories of the unsung heros of Vietnam who stood up against many odds to fight to end an unjust war.