W. Noshie | Beirut, Lebanon | 01/24/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The movie takes place just before the complete fall of Saigon. Judi Dench plays a British bank employee having a sexual affair with a CIA employee from the American Embassy.
When this agent gets information from reliable sourses that the fall of Saigon is very near, The American ambassador does not listen to any advice, until the last moment when the evacutation of the embassy employees, the military personnel, and some Vietnamese become a horrific nightmare yet a reality. The movie shows the exact real panic in the Embassy, the city and its residents who helped the Americans through out the years, yet felt left behind in hostile hands.
The last American Helicopter leaves Saigon while some more Americans are still calling the Embassy personnel with no one on the other line, waiting in remote places in the city for the Helicopters to come to their rescue.
A very moving true story. I recommend this movie to all the history lovers.
The quality of the DVD is not perfect but very acceptable.
Similar good movies:
The bridge of Madison County
The year of living dangerously"
Enjoyable performances, historic events: lives of everyday p
Jan A. -- | So. Cal., USA - left coast | 10/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a Judi Dench fan from way back. This is low-key, not over-the-top with war details and scenes, as the story is more about the regular people, both Vietnamese and American, in their daily lives, leading up to and including the unexpected fast exit from Saigon. I liked the British style of filming, and the possible existences and ways people coped in their unusual circumstances. The reality of people left behind, both by need for quick exit, and by choices made by politicians, brought the story-line into perspective, as to what was not publicized or shown in news reels and reports. People out of their element who had to adjust in whatever ways they could were portrayed well enough to give the feeling of personal acquaintance with their habits, fears, and isolation. I happen to like most of the actors in the film already, which makes any film more enjoyable to me. A sad, but not morose film about a time which was felt to be sad by many.. I liked it. Its content was driven by the war and circumstances which many experienced from one direction or another, so it could not have been expected to be a happy film. I read some of the other reviews, and felt compelled to remind : "Opinions vary, person-to-person", and I rarely put much weight on another person's judgement of a film. If something about it tugs at me in some way, I watch it and discover the film I will see. You will do, or will have done whatever pleases you. I have a copy of this film and watch it periodically. Dench and Forrest can rarely disappoint this viewer, however."