Return with Honor

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: +2

This documentary has not been rated by the MPAA. The PG-13 rating is Preview's designation based on the film's content and theme.

In this stunning new documentary, the filmmakers explore what it was like to be a POW in the Vietnam War. They interview many of these former POWs, asking them about their lives, their habits, and what made them keep going while they were imprisoned. They also show some actual footage of the capture, imprisonment, and release of some of the men. This is almost all Vietnamese footage used for propaganda during the war. The soldiers paint a grim picture of life during those years and give insights and perspectives rarely heard in recent years. Many of the mens wives are also interviewed, providing some of the more poignant moments in the film. The women had little or no idea if their husbands were alive or not. The actual footage brings a great realism to the film, and the soldiers descriptions reflect not only the situations they were in, but also their feelings, fears, and hopes while imprisoned. This phenomenal film takes the audience on an emotional roller coaster that makes you laugh, cry, and celebrate. RETURN WITH HONOR is a ride well worth taking. (The entertainment rating is based on projected box office appeal due to its documentary style and limited release).

Many of the men speak of surrender to God while in prison. These were tough, hardened soldiers who thought they could take anything the enemy had to offer. They were wrong. The Vietnamese were not technologically advanced but used a lot of medieval methods of torture, some of which are described. However, these descriptions are not graphic. After being there for a while, one man reached his breaking point. He recounts a night when, during a beating, he just laid there and told God he couldnt take it anymore. God was going to have to take over, and He did. He says that God strengthened him so much that the torturer gave up and left the cell. Many of the men prayed, and in one prison they had a time every Sunday when they, in unison, said the Lords Prayer from their individual cells. There are several explosions in actual war footage, but no graphic injuries are shown. Several of the men use foul language including 2 moderate crudities, 1 s-word, and 3 regular profanities. But nearly all of these are simply quotes from things that happened while they were imprisoned. RETURN WITH HONOR is an inspiring and emotional documentary, giving much-deserved honor to those who served and suffered in Vietnam.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Ocean Releasing, 323-954-5858, Fax: 323-954-5850

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (2) times - Both Moderate

Obscene Language: Few (2) times (s-word 1, other 1)

Profanity: Few (3) times All Regular (By G 2, My G 1)

Violence: Few times Moderate (bombs exploding)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: POWs tell difficult stories of injury and torture, however they are not graphic; actual footage of the POWs capture, imprisonment, and release is used in the film; many of the men express belief in God

Running Time: 101 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

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