Thud Pilots (2018)


“Thud pilots would soon realize their primary mission was about to change, and the F-105 would be forever etched in history. A red storm was rising on the horizon. Far off in a once French colony of Indochina.” – Narrator

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Mar 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary that chronicles the stories of the brave fighter pilots who were sent on some of the most dangerous missions during the Vietnam War.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and am so happy that I had the chance to see what it was all about because iot’s such a powerful documentary.

They are able to tell us the gripping tales of some of the very heroic men who fought in the Vietnam War from the skies above.

This film is able to utilize footage and stills from that era of combat in a way that enhances the viewing experience since it doesn’t seem as if we are just listening to someone tell the tales of their experiences since we get to visually see the kind of dangers and events that they are describing along the way.

It’s quite amazing listening to the way that these men tell their stories since they are all able to do so in such a vivid style despite the fact that many of these events happened between 50 and 60- years ago yet they still find a way to make us feel as if we are right there with them in the midst of their stories.

Some of the stories told are quite emotional for the interviewees as they tell their personal stories, but things are done in such a poignant way that when they begin to tear up, it’s also quite hard for the viewer to not also become overcome with emotion just like they are.

Bottom Line – Amazing documentary that really gives us the gripping tales of some of the most heroic men who served their country.  The way that they use footage and stills enhances the stories of these men and doesn’t make it seem as if we are just sitting and listening to these veterans telling their tales.  It’s truly amazing listening to these stories being told by men who are able to vividly describe their experiences from nearly 60 years ago in ways that make us feel as if we are right there with them during their experiences.  Some of these stories are quite emotional and not only do they make the interviewees tear up, they also can cause the viewer to do so. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Winner of Best Film Made by a Veteran or Service Member at the GI Film Festival (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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