Since the Vietnam War ended in the mid-1970's, portrayals of the conflict have been presented in popular culture in a variety of different ways. Here are some examples ranging from the 1970's to the present day.
Questions to Consider:
1. How was the Vietnam War portrayed in popular culture in the decades of the 1970's, 80's and 90's?
2. What are some more recent (2000-present) portrayals of the VietnamWar in popular culture? How do these more recent portrayals differ from the portrayals of the previous decades?
3. In your opinion, which portrayals of the Vietnam War are most historically accurrate? least historically accurrate? Why/Why not?
4. What are some potential problems that might result from relying strictly on popular culture as your only source for information on the Vietnam War?
Coming Home (1978)
Luke Martin: [being interviewed by a television news crew after chaining himself to a Marines Recruitment Facility] .... And I'm here because I'm trying to tell people, man, if we want to commit suicide, we have plenty of reasons to do it right here at home. We don't have to go to Vietnam to find reasons to kill ourselves. I just don't think we should be over there.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
First Blood (1982)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Good Morning Vietnam (1987)
Forrest Gump (1994)