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Korean War Stories
Korean War Stories
Actors: Walter Cronkite, Buzz Aldrin, James Baker III, Dick Bernard, Raymond G. Davis
Director: Robert Uth
Genres: Educational, Documentary, Military & War
NR     2003     0hr 56min

Studio: Pbs Release Date: 05/05/2009 Run time: 60 minutes


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Actors: Walter Cronkite, Buzz Aldrin, James Baker III, Dick Bernard, Raymond G. Davis
Director: Robert Uth
Creators: Robert Uth, Michael Noble, Phylis Geller
Genres: Educational, Documentary, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Educational, History, Military & War, Military & War
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/17/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 0hr 56min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The Korean war from the perspective of those who fought it
Charles Ashbacher | Marion, Iowa United States( | 02/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The best line in this video is near the end, where a veteran of that war says, "The Korean War is not a forgotten war, it is a forgotten victory." Absolutely true, but a point few people in the United States seem to understand. In the age of nuclear weapons, total victory in the Korean War, as measured by Korean unification under the leadership of the United Nations, was not possible. That was something that General Douglas MacArthur never seemed to understand, which cost him his command and much of his historical legacy. The problem is that the people in the United States generally do not understand the principle of limited war for limited gains. In the end, it turned out to be a tremendous victory, the policy of containment was the correct one, as communism self-destructed, overcome by the internal contradictions. Modern commentators are fond of saying that President Ronald Reagan won the cold war, which is not true. Harry Truman, a vastly under-appreciated president, made the decision to go to war and stop the spread of communism. He understood that a stalemate was a victory, as communism will either succeed everywhere or nowhere. The free Europe we know today germinated from a seed planted in Korea.
By far, the best part of this tape is the personal comments from celebrity veterans of the war. Until I viewed it, I did not know that baseball great Ted Williams was the wingman of astronaut and Senator John Glenn. I also did not know that singer Willie Nelson is also a veteran of the Korean War. Their comments and the footage take you back to a time where the world had changed and the bulk of the free population had not yet caught up.
Finally, one of the most telling moments that will ever exist in historical videos occurs near the end of the tape. A doctor, returning from Korea, arrives a few minutes before nine in the evening. He is all primed to be welcomed home and talk about his experiences. However, when nine o'clock arrives, he is told that "I Love Lucy" is about to come on, so the attention shifts to the television. Understandably, he is angered and leaves the premises, remaining angry for two years. However, no story more accurately describes the situation of that time. The advent of television has led to a short attention span, and the American public finds it difficult to accept partial results.
This tape is an excellent recapitulation of that era, where there was a seismic shift in political perceptions around the world. The free countries stood their ground and fought against communist aggression, pushing it back to the point where it started. However, this victory was only clear decades later, and there was an enormous cost in blood and treasure. Nevertheless, it was no doubt much less than it would have been had the communists won in Korea."
Superb Demonstration of Our Fathers' & Mothers' Courage
Cece M. Diangelo | Absecon, NJ United States | 09/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Korean War Stories (Robert Uth, PBS) presents a unique combination of interesting interview pieces with amazing film footage, offering the viewer the rare opportunity to see into the characters that have saved us from more struggle throughout the last 50 years (this is 2005). One of the most poignant collections of interviews is that which details Brad Smith's efforts to defend the Army's position in the early, heartbreaking months of the War; how our under protected, underequipped soldiers woke up to a wall of Chinese, Russian, and North Koreans bearing heavy tanks down on Americans with nothing but unsophisticated rocket launchers to defend themselves. The producer, Robert Uth, seems to have found the perfect blending of true history and testimony, with documentary footage and imagery. The original music (other than the Willie Nelson performance) is exceptionally moving and draws the viewer into the experience even more. Korean War Stories is a magnificent production I thoroughly recommend.
Best Korean War Documentary I Have Seen.
J. Prescott | DE United States | 04/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a United States history teacher and I've seen quite a few by now, and this is the best I have seen covering the Korean War. Actually I think it is far better than "Dear America: Letters From Vietnam" because it doesn't have actors reading the letters, it has the real vets talking about their experiences. If you're looking for a great documentary to explain and give insight on the Korean War, this is a must. Be prepared, some of the interviews are emotional, to say the least. Definitely a forgotten victory."
Great DVD
Sway | Venice Beach, CA | 01/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was a gift for a Korean War Vet. I was told by him that this was one of the best telling of the stories of " The Forgotten War""