Dick Cavett's Vietnam

Dick Cavett

Dick Cavett’s Vietnam | Official Trailer

Aired: 2015-04-26 12:00:00 0:30 Rating: NR

Examine the Vietnam War and its impact through interviews.

"Dick Cavett’s Vietnam" examines the conflict and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted by the iconic host of "The Dick Cavett Show."

"While I started out to do an entertaining talk show, you couldn’t keep Vietnam out of the conversation,” says Dick Cavett in a new interview in the documentary. Joining Cavett are a mix of actor/entertainers (Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Groucho Marx and Paul Newman), politicians (Senators Barry Goldwater, Wayne Morse, Edmund Muskie, and Vice President Hubert Humphrey), sports figures (Muhammad Ali) and more.

"Dick Cavett’s Vietnam" includes numerous highlights from the talk show representing all sides of the unfolding debate about the war. A young Warren Beatty gives a passionate explanation for how America got into the war and his evolving feelings about the country’s involvement in Vietnam, highlighting the changing opinion of the American public toward the war. Cavett also had veterans, including future Senator John Kerry, on his program to debate the morality of fighting in Vietnam as well as discuss the treatment they received upon their return stateside. Today, these episodes of "The Dick Cavett Show" provide a unique window into what was happening all across the country--in private homes, on college campuses and in the halls of government.

"Dick Cavett’s Vietnam" combines interviews from Cavett shows with archival footage, network news broadcasts and recently filmed interviews with Dick Cavett, General Wesley K. Clark of the United States Army (retired); Pulitzer Prize-winning author Fredrik Logevall (Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam); and Naftali (who was also featured in Dick Cavett’s Watergate) to provide insight and perspective on this controversial chapter of American history.

Historian and former director of the Richard Nixon Library and Museum, Timothy Naftali, is featured in the documentary and describes the prevailing sentiment captured in Cavett’s interviews this way, “It’s that America that is wounded, scarred by this commitment in Southeast Asia and is now trying to figure out a way to get out.”

"Dick Cavett’s Vietnam" combines interviews from Cavett shows with archival footage, network news broadcasts and recently filmed interviews with Dick Cavett, General Wesley K. Clark of the United States Army (retired); Pulitzer Prize-winning author Fredrik Logevall (Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam); and Naftali (who was also featured in Dick Cavett’s Watergate) to provide insight and perspective on this controversial chapter of American history.

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