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Details about Oliver Stone's 'My Lai Massacre' movie are below.
When is Hollywood going to do a film on the other side of the Vietnam War.
The side that does not highlight the Vietnamese communists as Freedom Fighters and America's military as the enemies
of the Vietnamese People.
Someone in Hollywood should do a movie on the Duc Duc Refugee Village massacre.
Let America and the World learn about the "Banging Pots of Duc Duc." When communists terrorists entered
the village of Duc Duc at night, many times the peasants would bang their cooking pots to warn the American Marines that the
communist terrorists were in the village.
In March 1971, the banging of these cooking
pots cost these friends of America their lives and village.
The Massacre of Duc Duc needs
to be remembered and learned from, before it is repeated: Again and Again...
A big puzzle-piece
of the Vietnam War is largely unknown. It is the Massacre of the Duc Duc Refugee Village in the end of March 1971.
I served and lived (24/7)
in the village, under the Marine Corps' Combined Action Program (CAP) and was on the last CAP Team in the village.
We left in August 1970, about eight months before the communists burned the 2,000 home village to ashes. Having lived
and served (24/7) in the village for five months, I personally feel that the Duc Duc Refugee Village was massacred, because
the communists wanted to punish the peasants living there. The reason for this punishment was because for years,
the peasants supported the Americans serving in the area. You can read some articles about the massacre
What makes this massacre
a nice, Vietnam War puzzle-piece is its timing.
It was also the period, when John Kerry was appearing
on television and radio news shows condemning American men and women, who were fighting for the freedom of the Vietnamese
People. At the time, the American News Media was portraying America's military as village burners and much worse...
(Under this cover, the village was massacred.)
The Massacre of the Duc Duc village
was in the American evening news six (6) times. CBS, NBC and ABC each had it on twice.
(It was never mentioned on evening news again.) In contrast, the My Lai massacre has been in the news hundreds of times
over the years. (I have proof of this at: http://home.earthlink.net/~duc_duc_massacre )
I'm hoping that the story of the Duc
Duc Massacre gets picked up by today's American News Media. The massacre fits more today than any
other day since the massacre...
I had many Vietnamese friends
in the village. I want them remembered. And I want the Americans, who died trying to protect all Vietnamese,
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CBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar
31, 1971 - REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
Saigon announces North Vietnam attacked Duc Duc, South Vietnam, last Sunday; killed 200 civilians.
Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 31, 1971 - REPORTER: Frank Mcgee
North Vietnam attacks Duc
Duc, South Vietnam, killing or wounding over 200.
ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar
31, 1971 - REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
North Vietnam forces attack Duc Duc, South Vietnam, killing 100 civilians.
CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 02, 1971 Headline: South Vietnam
/ Duc Duc
(Duc Duc, South Vietnam) Film shows destroyed village, civilians
digging through rubble; 107 known dead, 135 evacuated for treatment; villagers feel South Vietnam didn't help enough to prevent
North Vietnam attack.
[ Eyewritness to the attack: Major Franklin
TRAPNELL - says heard news of Calley conviction at same time enemy killing civilians at Duc Duc; says this another My Lai
perpetuated by enemy this time, with more killed for far less reason; hopes will have some impact on public.] US providing
supplies to rebuild village.
REPORTER: Jeff Williams
WHY DID THE VIETNAMESE COMMUNISTS
PUNISH THE DUC DUC RESETTLEMENT VILLAGE.
OLIVER STONE'S NEW MOVIE
Plot Outline: Army general William R. Peers (Willis) investigates the My
Lai Massacre, an event in which several hundred Vietnamese civilians were killed by U.S. soldiers.
The question is will his version be about bashing American troops in general
or about the actions of a few irrational soldiers in a nasty war?
Will the movie be about indicting the American soldier in the current Iraq
conflict or about the effects of war on a few misguided soldiers?
----- Original Message -----
Of course, "Journey" does not wallow in Stone-ian
masochism and national
self-flagellation, is about
Viet Namese people, based on real life accounts of
reeducation camp prisoners, written and
directed by a
Viet Namese-American. It also shows Hanoi's
communists as barbarian thugs. Why the lack of
One reason: a recent Harris poll discovered
57% (five-seven) of American people do NOT like
learning about political
issues in other countries.
This is fine, except they should be banned from voting
or expressing opinions on current
events, Iraq, etc.
Another factor, one even more repulsive: it appears
that most Americans
LIKE being voyeurs, gazing at
portrayals of American decadance, if not supposed
imperialistic lunacy, in their film
fare. THEY are
the ones who want 'body counts.' That's what the box
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Here are ticket revenues for four other movies,
supposedly about Viet Nam:
revenues adjusted to 2007 dollars, via ticket
price schedule found in website 'boxofficemojo.com')
Platoon $245.7 million
Now* $215.9 "
Hamburger Hill $23.3
Hanoi Hilton $1.3 "
to by some as 'Apoca-bullsh-t Now'
First two movies are easily refuted representative
of history, or
in any way an accurate overall
portrayal of either side of the war. They are
essentially propaganda films, designed
manipulate the viewer. Many Viet Nam veterans and
Viet Namese-Americans vociferously condemn both
These films are not history, but are accepted
as such by the American public.
Latter two films
are much more realistic(Hamburger
Hill written and directed by Viet Nam veteran) and
both are honest and accurate within
the scope of the
topic filmed. "Hanoi Hilton" shows Hanoi's brutish
torture of U.S. POWs, and does not portray
as blood-thirsty demons.
Clear pattern: U.S. public is infatuated with what
be described as essentially a sado-masochistic
lust for national self-flagellation. It does not pay
to make Viet
Nam films UNLESS Americans and South Viet
Namese, are betrayed as anything but vile, despicable
vermin and scum.
The movie-going public LIKES this,
and, as demonstrated by comparative ticket sales,
WANTS to see how disgusting, putrid,
depraved Americans were in Viet Nam.
Most who served in Viet Nam can think of dozens
stories that would make great films. Jack Cunningham,
a former USMC CAP, has a screenplay about CAPs.
CAProductions is all non-profit. It
gathers dust because
no producers want a movie that
portrays Americans as good guys involved in a
worthwhile cause. Apparently the
U.S. public is of
the same mindset, and does not WANT to see USMC CAP
stories which are both incredible and inspiring:
Why then the strong appeal of "Platoon"? The
high ticket sales for Stone's My Lai movie?
It cannot be out of sincere concern for the people of
SE Asia, or else
movies about the Hmong plight could
be made, using factual and unfortunately current
information from these people:
Movies depicting plight of these people
should...should...be popular as they do not
drama, human suffering, incredible courage, etc.
After all, the film "Air America" was supposed to be
Laos, and it sold a 2007-dollar equivalent of
$48.3 million in tickets. Then again it depicted Air
as complicit in heroin smuggling and
other inanities, so it did satisify the present
American fetish for self-abasement
In addition, it didn't waste any time attempting to
tell the real story of real SE Asian people,
the American public shows no interest.
Perhaps a film showing Montagnard people,
cultural genocide, having their land taken, forbidden
to allow their children to learn their native
Let's take the gloves off and state forthrightly
many Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia, Thai veterans, and
people born in these countries say: the American
its heroes destroyed and belittled
because it knows it cannot live up to the character,
moral fiber, and almost insane
examples of courage
demonstrated by these people. As one Viet Nam veteran
said many years ago: "Don't expect Americans
proud of you, because they are not proud of
Oddly enough, the more one
peers into the Viet
Nam-Laos-Cambodia subject, the more one probes through
the mist and fog of perceptual confusion,
the more one
sees a repugnant view of America. It is the same
America that will stand in line to buy tickets for
next movie, yet will dismiss any and all
unpleasant information about the people of Southeast
Asia, the Montagnards,
the Hmong, the Mennonites.
About the Khmer Krom, the Viet Namese Buddhists, and
anyone else who will not tolerate being
told what to
do and how to think, have been and are still
suffering...and dying...because of Hanoi's
twisted ideology. News such as this is
often cited as "too depressing," presumably
exonerating the people from
doing anything about the
horrid situation. Besides, if the Hanoi's perverted
transgressions are verified as truth,
then those who
opposed Hanoi's ideological druids and de-facto Nazis
must be deemed 'good guys.' Lordy, Lordy,
have that can we?
Final word: the atrocity, and that's what it was,
My Lai cannot and should not be disregarded or
forgotten or excused. It was a vile and disgusting
perpetrators should still be breaking rocks
in Leavenworth. Any and all allied transgressions
must be on the table
Still, if atrocities are a desired cinema fare,
perhaps a film is warranted of the 36,000
assassinated by the VC/NVA. There'd be some
insidiously grotesque 'special effects': people
on bamboo stakes anus-to-mouth, people burned
alive, disemboweled, decapitated, or simply shot. Of
course if a
minute were dedicated to filming each
assassination, it would produce 300 two-hour films.
Too long. Can't sit
through it. A film should be
made about Dak Son, where 252 Montagnards were
incinerated by NVA wielding flame
But, no, a movie covering these topics would die at
the box office, if it could even
be produced. The
reason: the American public doesn't give a damn,
doesn't care, doesn't know enough to do
doesn't WANT to, and is content to watch those who did
care and who did put their ass on the line be defiled
besmirched by amoral slugs ready, willing and
eager to pander to America's low taste, vast chasm of
morality, and infantile
voyeurism...if not gutlessness.
Unless and until Stone or anyone else produces
including this material, their claim of mortal
sanctity and superiority is a fetid example of
It is deceit. It is a lie.
It is putrid. It is a tale of pure hallucinatory
fantasy, told by those
with either no mind, or no
character, or either. From:
"Bill Laurie" <firstname.lastname@example.org>