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Resolve (January 1966-June 1967) 

North Vietnamese troops make their way down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, defying American air power. While the anti-war movement escalates back home, American soldiers realize this war is like no other.


Ken Burns, Lynn Novick




Episode credited cast:
Peter Coyote ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Everett Alvarez Everett Alvarez ... Himself - POW
Anne Harrison Bowman Anne Harrison Bowman ... Herself - Sister of Matt Harrison
Philip Brady Philip Brady ... Himself - Marine Advisor
Phil Caputo ... Himself - Journalist
Tran Ngoc Chau Tran Ngoc Chau ... Himself - S. Vietnamese Politician
Le Quan Cong Le Quan Cong ... Himself - Viet Cong
Carol Crocker Carol Crocker ... Herself
Jean-Marie Crocker Jean-Marie Crocker ... Herself - Gold Star Mother
Charles de Gaulle ... Himself - French President (archive footage)
Bui Diem Bui Diem ... Himself - S. Vietnamese Diplomat
Le Duan Le Duan ... Himself - New Leader of N. Vietnam (archive footage)
Bill Ehrhart Bill Ehrhart ... Himself - Marines
Duong Van Mai Elliott Duong Van Mai Elliott ... Herself - Saigon
J. William Fulbright ... Himself - US Senator Arkansas


North Vietnamese troops make their way down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, defying American air power. While the anti-war movement escalates back home, American soldiers realize this war is like no other.

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English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

20 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Florentine Films See more »
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16:9 HD
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At 39:20 there is a photo of Future President George W. Bush in his Air National Guard uniform. While he was a certified fighter pilot, he did not have the required flying hours to quality for transfer to Viet Nam via the "Palace Alert" program. Due to a lack of attendance, including missing physicals, his flying status was revoked. He never served in Vietnam. See more »


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The Beat Goes On
23 September 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Lyndon Johnson relied heavily on Robert McNamara to justify continuing in the Vietnam Conflict. Operation Rolling Thunder was based on the idea that you simply drop bombs over and over and over. The weird thing is that the more we bombed, the more the North Vietnamese made their way down the Ho Chi Minh trail. As Johnson and his people continued to lie either deliberately or through omission, the press began to get wind of the failures. Soon the country began to become divided. Students began protesting heavily, but were beginning to be allied with significant citizenry. People from the literary world and show business began to make their presence known. There were street demonstrations and phrases like "love it or leave it" began to be disseminated, or "my country, right or wrong." Of course, these were people who weren't slogging through rice paddies or facing machine gun fire without a real understanding that this war was going nowhere, despite huge casualties. Aw with the previous episodes, we are exposed to the carnage of the poor young men. This was brought about by male egos (and testosterone) and inability to truly evaluate this war. Johnson's trust in his avisers was a huge mistake.

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