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Available for the first time on DVD, FTA is a riveting slice of the Vietnam anti-war movement, following Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherlands Free The Army Tour of U.S. Army bases in 1971.
- Update: Interview with Jane Fonda
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During the US war against Vietnam, GI war resistors organized an active anti-war resistance movement within their own military organizations. Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland (who played Hawkeye in the original M*A*S*H movie) were among those performers who toured the Pacific Rim to entertain and encourage GI war resistors.
The film contains some hard-hitting and vibrant performances, showcasing local grass-roots musicians and reminding us how music unites, supports and energizes popular resistance movements.
The film also shows, incidentally, the not insignificant sexism in the subsequent vilification of Fonda from the right. Why was there never the same level of vilification (which I would also have disagreed with) of Sutherland? Sexism.
If you are interested in completing your view of the war and of the movement against it, this is a good place to go. Also useful: The American War (book) For more on the Tet Offensive and its impact, see Tet: The Turning Point in the Vietnam War, by Don Oberdorfer, plus the collection of essays in Vietnam and America: The Most Comprehensive Documented History of the Vietnam War, edited by Marvin Gettleman, Jane Franklin, Marilyn Young and H. Bruce Franklin.
Gerald Nicosia's Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans' Movement is a history based on hundreds of interviews with men who fought in Vietnam and then came home to be active in the antiwar movement. The War Within: America's Battle Over Vietnam by Tom Wells is a comprehensive history of the antiwar movement, from its earliest days to the end of the war in 1975.
For an excellent history that focuses specifically on the GI rebellion during the war, read David Cortright's Soldiers in Revolt, republished by Haymarket Books.
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Donald Sutherland had just made "MASH", Jane Fonda had just cut her hair but wasn't "Hanoi Jane" yet, but anyone who questions whether or not she supported the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by D. J. Walsh
This important documentary about the antiwar movement during the Vietnam conflict is fascinating for uncovering hidden history of the resistance to the war and to U.S. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gary Lee
I had been wanting to see this movie for years. I was glad to finally find it on DVD. A must for all Jane Fonda fans.Published on January 1, 2014 by Jeff Colson
The 60's are over and we who lived it are all old and almost gone. Nobody is watching us anymore and we don't have to pretend to be cool in order to fit in. Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by Stanley
This was a typical anti-vietnam war movie with Jane Fonda. I was curious as to its anti 1970's content. Watched the whole thing but to me it is not worth sharing with anyone.Published on December 19, 2009 by John F. Wachter