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Brothers in Arms

Director - Paul Alexander
Run Time - 68 minutes
Language - English
Format - DVD, color
Year - 2004
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interest- American Studies, Anthropology, History (U.S.), Political Science, Vietnam

In the early months of 1969, six men met on a swift boat on the Mekong Delta during some of the worst fighting of the Vietnam War. Five of the men were crewmates- Tommy, Mike, Gene, David, Del - and the came from across America, from Boston to Northern California to Iowa. Their commander happened to be a young Yale graduate named John Kerry. The six men would endure the horrors of Vietnam together. They would remain friends for the next 35 years.

Brothers in Arms tells the story of their unique relationship. The documentary focuses on their experiences in Vietnam, but it also recounts what happened to them after the war and delves into the way each man has dealt with the experience of fighting in, as David puts it, "a war I discovered we didn't intend to win." Interviews, photographs and archival footage of the war are woven together to create a powerful and emotional film.
"Brothers in Arms reveals the courage, the conviction and the pain of those Americans who fight our wars."- Senator Max Cleland

"Powerful eyewitness testimony against the charges that Kerry didn't deserve his Silver Star for courage and his three Purple Hearts. Compelling stories." - New York Daily News