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The Weight of Memory (March 1973 - Onward) 

Civil war continues in Vietnam as President Richard Nixon resigns. After North Vietnamese troops regain control of Saigon and the war ends, people from all sides search for reconciliation.


Ken Burns, Lynn Novick

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Episode credited cast:
Peter Coyote ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Everett Alvarez Everett Alvarez ... Himself - Prisoner of War
Nancy Biberman Nancy Biberman ... Herself - Anti-war Activist
Nguyen Thoi Bung Nguyen Thoi Bung ... Himself - Viet Minh
Phil Caputo ... Himself - Journalist
Rion Causey Rion Causey ... Himself - Army
Tran Ngoc Chau Tran Ngoc Chau ... Himself - Los Angeles
Max Cleland ... Himself - Army
Le Quan Cong Le Quan Cong ... Himself - Viet Minh
Carol Crocker Carol Crocker ... Herself
Jean-Marie Crocker Jean-Marie Crocker ... Herself - Gold Star Mother
Bui Diem Bui Diem ... Himself - S. Vietnamese Diplomat
Huy Duc Huy Duc ... Himself - Journalist
Van Minh Duong Van Minh Duong ... Himself - New President of South Vietnam (archive footage)
Bill Ehrhart Bill Ehrhart ... Himself


Civil war continues in Vietnam as President Richard Nixon resigns. After North Vietnamese troops regain control of Saigon and the war ends, people from all sides search for reconciliation.

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English | Vietnamese

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28 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Phan Quang Tue: [about being evacuated during the Fall of Saigon] I knew that the end was approaching. When you are the center of the storm, you have to get out. When I myself, and my immediate family, and my father and his immediate family, went to Tahn Son Nhut Airport, through the whole thing I said, "This is crazy, you know. Why do we have to leave under these conditions?" It was so humiliating, and I carried that humiliation with me to the United States. When I get in line to sign up for a job, I remind ...
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A Stunning Portrayal of a Horrible Time
6 November 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I don't have the expertise to know whether Ken Burns and his people captured the entirety of Vietnam. Probably not. He took it on, however, and it was stunning an emotional and sad. I could not take my eyes off each episode. It was a portrayal of the carnage and destruction and dissembling that people in power are able to bring about. We create governments, give them our trust and, for the most part, it is validated. But every so often, perhaps too often, an overzealous response to some ideology brings the horrors of war. This final episode shows a nation that made a pact, accepted the trust, and then betrayed a whole country. Of course, that pact should have never been made and those that knew that never deserved trust. I've still never heard an acceptable reason for even being in Vietnam in the first place. All the other stuff is the debris of that decision. There was great heroism and sacrifice--but to what end. Well, some say patriotism. Is patriotism giving yourself up because some cigar smoking politician who will never see combat thinks war is a good idea. But I digress. This final episode, which focuses on what happened after we pulled out is stunning. This is the part that most people don't think about. If you can keep back a tear during the description of the Vietnam Memorial wall, you are made of sterner stuff than I am. Another triumph for Ken Burns and his people.

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