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John Kerry - Brothers in Arms

3.2 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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A FILM ABOUT THE UNUSUAL FRIENDSHIP THAT HAS BEEN SHARED BY SIX MEN FOR SOME 35 YEARS SINCE VIETNAM. THIS DOCUMENTARY EXPLORES THEIR NAVY SERVICE IN THE MEKONG DELTA.

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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
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  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002W2JP0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,876 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "John Kerry - Brothers in Arms" on IMDb

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By Michael L. Wolff on May 13, 2014
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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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I really wanted to enjoy and learn from this film. Fascinating how John Kerry volunteered for Vietnam and how he interacted with his crew. Fascinating how he became an anti-war spokesman after he came home. I kept waiting for details to be fleshed out. Lots of great topics introduced, but after a while it dawned on me. This is REALLY political propaganda from when Kerry was running for president. Could have been really good. But it wasn't.
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Seemed like a good documentary until I noticed John Kerry was also profiled in it. He's essentially a fraud who dishonored his branch and his colleagues post-Vietnam. He's an American embarrassment, so I refused to continue watching it.
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I wonder how many soldiers who received 3 Purple Hearts for scratch's and came home early?....NONE!
Vietnam 68/69 57AHC Kontum RVN.

John Kerry followed JFK lifestyle to the tee, even sailed with JFK. If you search you will find out that John Kerry patterned his military experience akin to JFK even to being on a Riverboat, the only exception is that John Kerry's intentions were to never stay in harm’s way. If he could get 3 Purple Hearst become a hero in his eyes and then come home and denounce the very soldiers he fought with as beast akin to Genghis Khan and his army of locust devastating any and every one. Only the Marxist Democrats would run a coward for POTUS and then put this Jack-butt as SOS!
I find this man to be despicable and unworthy of his post. And as a Vietnam Vet who suffered verbal abuse and had my car keyed while in college in the early 70's and even to this day by the Democrats actions of lifting this coward up in front of those who suffered because of his words and actions I find him worse than Jane Fonda!...She's a stupid female. And since John Kerry is in this movie I don't believe a thing shown, because John Kerry is a Liar and the son of a liar.
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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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Leave Kerry out of it and it would have been 5 stars
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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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