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How reliable is this representation in helping you understand the attitude of American troops in the Vietnam War?

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Pro and Anti - war sympathies How reliable is this representation in helping you understand the attitude of American troops in the Vietnam War? After looking at this source I can see that there is some reliable aspect to the footage. This is a modern film, made in 1995 which includes some footage of a soldier at war. This film may seem to show us the horrors of war, but initially it was planned to entertain us and not to inform us. I believe it was made to make money not to teach the public something. The film focuses on a love story, which develops through childhood and includes the war. The film did represent the soldiers well in Vietnam but this was not it's initial intent. No modern film could represent accurately the attitudes of the soldiers, they may be able to cerate a warfare atmosphere but the true feeling and atmosphere can't be achieved. ...read more.

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In the war scenes we can see an attack on the troops, we must look and see if this is representative of war. After doing this I believe that parts of the scene is quite representative of the troops, but also some points don't portray the war in a believable manor. For example the Guerrilla attack, in my view this was well represented, as we know the Vietcong was known as the unseen and unknown enemy. The American troops had to be careful about what they did and how they did it, this is well portrayed in the film, Lieutenant Dan says when they are out for a "long walk", "Get down, shut up" This shows Lieutenant Dan being cautious and suspicious of what could be around the corner. The troops had to walk quietly, looking and listening for any noise. They had to always put up with a tense atmosphere. ...read more.

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Lieutenant Dan lost his limbs in the Vietcong attack and the person who played this role displayed a very realistic dramatisation of how a person in that situation would have related to being saved by a comrade. The scene is packed with great anger and emotion and I could imagine the scene in real life, because it must have been very traumatic to come to terms with such a loss. It made me think of the hundreds of Veterans who had similar thoughts and feelings. The film also adjusted to civilian life, the hurt he felt by being looked upon as a cripple. He became dejected and unattractive and he had emotional and psychological problems. I feel this is very representative of the problems veterans in similar situations experienced after coming out of Vietnam. Overall I believe that the American soldiers were represented well in the film but certain aspects could have been different, but as I said before, this film was not made to inform us about war, it is a love story. ...read more.

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