‘Point Man’ in Vietnam

On the same day President Trump tried to score points by announcing he’s finally going to Vietnam, Point Man — the first American Vietnam War drama ever filmed there on location — debuted on Amazon and other platforms.

The film, Point Man, takes place in April 1968, three months after the Tet Offensive swung the war against the US side and weeks after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. It’s the story of a US Army fire team “fractured by racial tensions, moral crises and the crushing pressures of…a war nobody wants to fight.”

Newcomer Christopher Long stars as a soldier whose radical politics put him at odds with the squad’s machine gunner (Jacob Keohane). When their search-and-destroy goes wrong, they find themselves pitted not only against each other but against their platoon commander (Matthew Ewald).

The film was written and directed by first-timer Phil Blattenberger.

Lise Romanoff, managing director of Point Man distributor Vision Films, said, “It not only gives us a snapshot of what it was like to fight in the Vietnam War, but it accurately depicts times when racism was rampant and African-American men were disproportionately put on point, out on the front line – the most dangerous position.”

You can rent Point Man for $5.99 from Amazon.

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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