Feature Films

Winston Francis Groom, Jr., 1943-2020

September 18, 2020

Winston Groom, the prolific writer best known as the creator of Forrest Gump, died September 17 in Fairhope, Alabama, his family announced. He was 77. No cause of death was given. Groom grew up in…

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Komunyakaa on ‘Da Five Bloods’

July 17, 2020

Yusef Komunyakaa, the renowned poet who served a 1969-70 Vietnam War tour of duty as an Army journalist with the Americal Division's Southern Cross newspaper, gives his take on Da Five Bloods, the new Spike…

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There’s a Lot Going on in Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’

June 12, 2020

Review by Marc Leepson, Arts Editor and Senior Writer It’s no coincidence that six songs from Marvin Gaye’s 1971 album, “What’s Going On,” including the anthem-like title tune, are part of the soundtrack of Spike…

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‘The Last Full Measure’: What is Real and What is Not

January 27, 2020

Review by Marc Leepson, VVA Veteran Arts Editor and Senior Writer  The Last Full Measure, the fact-based Vietnam War-heavy movie that opened nationwide on January 24, 2020, features a five-pack of big-time Baby Boomer male…

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New Aussie Vietnam War film: ‘Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan’

September 18, 2019

"Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan" is an exceedingly rare 21st-century breed: an in-country Vietnam War movie. Even rarer, this one tells an Australian Vietnam War story. The film came out Down Under in…

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Dale Dye Continues to Gain Accolades

August 14, 2019

Retired Marine Capt. Dale Dye, who received the VVA Excellence in the Arts Award at the 1997 National Convention in Kansas City for all but re-inventing the art of military technology advising in Hollywood, received…

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Wes Studi to Receive Honorary Oscar

July 10, 2019

  Wes Studi, the celebrated American Indian actor and Vietnam War veteran best known for his powerful work in Dancing with Wolves and Last of the Mohicans, will receive an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture…

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‘Last Flag Flying’: A Hollywood Rarity

January 30, 2019

“Last Flag Flying” is a rarity these days: a big Hollywood movie with a strong Vietnam War theme. The movie, which came out in November 2017, has a big director—Richard (“Dazed and Confused”) Linklater; a…

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Author Query: Jayne Mansfield visit to Vietnam in 1967

January 18, 2019

Actor and author Erik Liberman is writing a book about the actress Jayne Mansfield and will include material about her visit to entertain the troops in Vietnam in 1967. If you were in-country when Mansfield…

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Preview of New Book on Vietnam War POW Wives

November 24, 2018

St. Martin's Press has just released a video in which the author Heath Hardage Lee discusses her upcoming, ground-breaking book, The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to…

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