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"Captain Newman, M.D." (1963)

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*Captain Newman, M.D.* is part of the Gregory Peck DVD set that was just recently released; this movie features a very find cast, which also includes Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, Robert Duvall and Bobby Darin.

 

It might seem a bit dated today, but I'm sure it must have felt more fresh back in the 60's.

 

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I had forgotten about Capt Newman M.D. and what a very good movie it is. I started watching it one day when it was being shown and got completely engrossed in the film. What great characters in a story about another side of the war. Good choice.

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Thanks, skeedaddy. It's good to know it is now out on DVD and that Universal did a pretty good video transfer, although the movie has no extras other than the movie trailer.

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Capt Newman was one of the first projects to publicize PTSD in its real form. It was in the year this film was made that many Americans who, two years previous, believed "Vietnam will be Won in '61" came to realize that the war there could last for a generation or more. Kennedy came to this realization this same year and swore that he would pull our troops out of Vietnam if re-elected. Sadly, he was assassinated and LBJ continued the war. But VA hospitals across the country were receiving more and more cases of combat-related stress, due mostly to Vietnam but due also to the many (Red and DEFCON) alerts provoked by the Russians during this stage of the Cold War to exasperate and fatigue our first-response military officers, B-52 pilots and missile operators.

 

Let us not confuse PTSD in the early stages of the Vietnam War (when 'Newman' was filmed) and the PTSD cases of the current war in Iraq and Afghanistan with the thousands of falsely claimed post-Vietnam War PTSD claims by those who merely seek free govt money. To some who are receiving PTSD "disability support", PTSD has been redefined from "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" to "Payments To Stop Depression". PTSD is now the only mental illness that its recipients claim can be cured by a monthly paycheck.

 

'Newman', just like 'M*A*S*H*' filmed years later, correctly highlighted some of the serious military problems of its day that, unfortunately, were lost on what should have been a concerned public (and military) due to the entertainment or romance aspects of their films.

 

Phill

http://www.americanwarlibrary.com/a44/pcole.htm

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Thanks for the info (and the link) Phil. There should be more such films, imho, because the public doesn't always recognize the many disabling conditions that our brave men and women may face after their tours of duty. We owe it to ourselves to honour them and give them access to adequate treatment.

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