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Return with Honor
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"Brings back the early 60s and the war very few people understand."
5 stars

Having been born during the Vietnam War, the only memories I have of the most controversial war are from history books and overwrought documentaries told by drab uninvolved narrators. Therefore, it was always hard to grasp any real and substantial feelings of the war outside of the occasional war-themed fictional effort.

Told by the POWs and their wives, RETURN WITH HONOR allows the American pilots to tell their own story of what happened to them and how they are coping with it, even today -- 30 something years later -- bringing together a powerful, inintrusive and educational look at what some men endured for our country.


Archival footage, some never before seen of the captures of many of the POWs and the prisons they were held in, bring back the early 60s and the war very few people understand. North Vietnamese cameramen actually filmed many of the very POWs narrating RETURN WITH HONOR being captured and dragged through the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam.


Academy award-winning documentary filmmakers Freida Lee Mock and Terry Sanders were given access to the footage which helps visually bring to life the struggles of honor, loyalty and pain these men went through to protect America. The men found a strength and ability to endure brutal torture of breaking bones, dislocating shoulders and beatings that went on and on, sometimes for two weeks straight. Gripping accounts come from the pilots, who now say there is nothing in life now that is a crisis, as long as "...there is a door handle from the inside of your home."

In February 1973, when the men are finally released, some spending as long as 8 1/2 years in captivity, it is incredibly emotional to watch. Heartbreaking at times. One moment has a boy, who can hardly remember his father, running towards him with his mother in tow.-- PAMELA HARLAND

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