This documentary is about the Vietnam War and at the 47th Academy Awards presented in 1975, it was chosen as Best Feature Documentary. It is directed by Peter Davis and its title is based on a quote from President Lyndon B. Johnson: “The ultimate victory will depend on the hearts and minds of the people who actually live out there”. The main purpose of this film is to show that life is not highly precious for Orientals as that for the Westerners, that is, life is cheap is the Orient.
The film was premiered at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival, but due to some legal issues its commercial distribution was denied in the United States. Bert Schneider and Henry Jaglom purchased back the rights of the film and in March 1975 released it through Warner Bros.