Dateline-Saigon tells a story of five journalists who, at great peril, dared to challenge a president and the conventional wisdom of the entire national security establishment. While vividly illuminating events of a half century ago, its relevance to what is happening today is remarkable. Anyone who cares about the future of journalism must see this extraordinary movie.
In the era of Trump, “Dateline–Saigon” tells a vital tale of a group of journalists who fought to tell the world a painful and important story even as their own government was trying to discredit them. Narratively powerful, this film is a distant mirror on a present-day drama: the ability of courageous citizens to speak truth to power.
“Dateline-Saigon” brings us back to an era when journalists pursued a noble mission and what they reported mattered. Its five heroes shaped history and elevated their craft. I hope this terrific film can inspire us today to restore that sense of calling and honesty, both to journalism and to our society.
Very moving. A great tribute to the journalists who first put the Vietnam War on the front page of American newspapers. They were an inspiration to the rest of us who followed them into the paddies and jungles of Vietnam to report on the war. They were my heroes and have now become the stuff of legends. An important documentary of an important era of journalism. Five stars.
Dateline-Saigon produced a wave of sad nostalgia for a war and a time when America lost its innocence and later a conflict in which it had only marginal national interest. It was a time though when young journalists learned to cover a different kind of war, and became the educational tool for informing the American people about the realities of what was happening in Vietnam.
One of the finest films ever made about contemporary journalism. It shows how a handful of brave re-porters brought truth about the Vietnam War to Americans, despite every effort by our government to stop them. A moving tribute to the power of the press and the ability of journalists to resist the dictates of power.
A splendid account of the remarkable group of reporters who went to Vietnam at the dawn of America’s military involvement and told the story as they saw it—to remarkable and lasting effect. If it’s true that journalism is the first rough draft of history, theirs is a collective effort that endures. A wonderfully absorbing film.