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John Kerry - Brothers in Arms

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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.
Just this week, a group of men who did not serve directly with John Kerry in Vietnam published a book maligning Kerry's military service. Over the last eighteen months, I have talked to and interviewed the veterans who actually did serve directly with Kerry in Vietnam. I use those interviews as the basis for my documentary film, Brothers in Arms. I decided to focus on the crew of Patrol Craft Fast 94, the last swift boat Kerry commanded. Brothers in Arms is a recounting of the lives of the crew of the 94 before, during, and after Vietnam. While the man behind this recent book never even met Kerry in Vietnam, the crew of the 94--Del, Mike, David, and Gene--lived with Kerry day in and day out on the Mekong Delta in early 1969. If anyone knows the truth of what happened to John Kerry in Vietnam, they do. Brothers in Arms is their story.
-Paul Alexander

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The controversy surrounding the military career of 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry spurred the creation of Brothers in Arms, a documentary about the crew of Kerry's swift boat (or Patrol Craft, Fast). But though politics motivated the movie, its lasting value will be as an intimate record of the Vietnam experience. The footage and in-depth interviews with Gene Thorson, Del Sandusky, David Alston, Mike Medeiros, and Kerry himself create a vivid portrait of not only the war, but the soldiers' struggle to return to their lives afterward. Kerry is perhaps the weakest element of the documentary; his comments smack of a professional politician's gloss. The rest of the crew, however, is refreshingly blunt and plain-spoken, delivering a clear and sometimes nakedly emotional testimony (which, incidentally, clears Kerry of all accusations). Any student of the Vietnam War will find Brothers in Arms invaluable. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: John Kerry (III), David Alston, Mike Medeiros, Del Sandusky, Gene Thorson
  • Directors: Paul Alexander
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002W2JP0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,517 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "John Kerry - Brothers in Arms" on IMDb

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Wolff on May 13, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I'm going to skip the politics and focus on the movie. I thought this movie did a good job at showing life and death on a riverboat in South Vietnam. It is a story told by the veterans involved. Whether you love or hate John Kerry or are pro or against the war, this movie will give you some insight into what it was like to be on a riverboat. I thought it was a tribute to those involved without a bunch of flag waving or defeatism which seems to accompany so many stories in regards to the Vietnam War. Listen to the men talk and you realize that their experience was great and yet horrible at the same time.
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43 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Randy on September 23, 2004
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The more I learn about Kerry, the more respect I have for him. His life story is truly amazing. His whole life he has fought for the people. He could have easily avoided Vietnam, he came from a wealthy family. But he said "send me". It's really sad we have abunch of liars funded by top Bush fundies trying to tarnish a freakin war hero's record. When the president himself didnt even serve. Where are Bush's brothers in arms? I havent seen anyone come out and say "I served with George W Bush". Because that would be impossible, Dubya didnt serve. All Kerry's records have been released, they are all downloadable at his website, the Navy has come out and confirmed them and said he earned his medals. So get over it, Kerry's a war hero. And about his testimony in front in 71'. He didnt betray anyone, he came back and found out a lot of veterans werent getting the help they needed from the government, so he fought for veteran rights and fought to end the quaqmire in Vietnam which was really unwinnable. We are at war, Id like to have a man who has seen war first hand running my country. Funny how people say Kerry would be soft on terroism. When he's been fighting it his whole life. Rather it be on the front lines in vietnam, fighting for rape victims rights as a prosecutor or exposing the BCCI and Iran Contra scandal as a senator. Bet you Bush followers never heard of that have you? Do some research, you'll be surprised. This guy is a fighter, his father didnt carry him under his wing his whole life. He took the harder path in life even though he could have taken the easy way out numerous times. Thats the kind of person I want leading my country. I want to be able to say "hey, thats my president" and smile and feel good about it again. Send John Kerry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Thornburg on June 30, 2015
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This would be more believable if it were factual. John Kerry picked Swifts Boats because at the time he choose they were limited to off shore duty. The Actual Time Line shows that Kerry spent no more than 8 weeks in a hostile fire zone and was the only member of his crew to be awarded a Purple Heart. In those 8 weeks he managed to put himself in for 3 Purple Hearts the magic number that ended your combat tour and got you sent home early. John Kerry's C.O. was unaware of even a single P.H. Award. If fact he threw Kerry out of his tent for attempting to claim a self inflected wound as grounds for a Purple Heart. Kerry, and Officer has found a gullible company clerk who'd write up and submit undeserved medals for valor for him...quid pro quo.

With the exception of one other Swift Boat Captain John Kerry was hated by all the other Swift Boat Officers. His own twin 50 cal. bow gunner refused to join the "dog & pony show" that his shipmates engaged in to falsely spew "glowing acts of bravery and leadership" during the Campaign for President. This gunner called Captain Kerry a lair and a coward who'd always turn the boat around to avoid a fight.

This is the gunner that shot the VC teenager that pointed the B-24 Rocket at their boat. The enemy teenager was mortally wounded by numerous hits from the 50's 1/2" bullets. Kerry gave the illegal order to "beach the boat", whereby he ran over to the dying young enemy and executed him with a single shot to the back,and took his B-240 as a War Trophy. Later he had his friendly company clerk put him in for a SILVER STAR for heroism. Another award his C.O. knew nothing about.

John Kerry's cowardice and affinity for undeserved medals was only overshadowed by his quest for power at any price...
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34 of 50 people found the following review helpful By B. COLE on September 7, 2004
Format: DVD
This video will bring to light the lies told in a recent book about Kerry by the so called "swift boat veterans for truth". The only reason he brings up the past is because bush has supported people to slam Kerry's past, and he is only defending himself from the lies. Lies that have already been proven as such. He would talk about the issues, but the so called conservatives say things like 'flip flop' and what not to keep him talking about things they want him to talk(defend himself) about. By the way, who really flip flopped? Kerry voted to support our troops with all the necessary weapons first, but bush voted against it so he could get tax breaks for the rich! (THINK ABOUT IT!) bush just wants you to ignore how big a hole he has dug our country in the past 4 years by making stuff up about Kerry and keeping you focused on him. I know what bush's record is and his record REALLY SUCKS! No child left behind, but then he doesn't fund it, healthcare reform but then he pushes bills through that favor insurance and pharmacy companies and leave millions WITH OUT healthcare. The clear skies initiative, and polution is worse than it was 4 years ago. THE BIGGEST debt in our nations history after being handed the largest surplus in our nations history. Giving tax breaks to companies to send jobs overseas, what about making jobs here in our country?!?!?! He let haliburton get how many no-bid contracts after going to war with a country that NOTHING to do with 9/11... and doesn't even require them to account for the millions of dollars that are un-accounted for... and what ever happened to Osama?!?!?!?! How about bush and ken lay, all of a sudden bush doesn't know the guy after he used his personal jet to do his 2000 campaign tour...Read more ›
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