In his iconic documentary debut 'The Quiet Mutiny', Pilger reports from the front line in Vietnam where he finds disillusioned American troops in open rebellion against the war.
"The Quiet Mutiny" in 1970 was the first of over 60 documentary films by Pilger. Filmed at Camp Snuffy the film presented a character study of the common US soldier during the Vietnam War revealing the shifting morale and open rebellion of Western troops. Pilger described the film as "something of a scoop" - it was the first documentary to show the open rebellion within the drafted ranks of the US military that led to the withdrawal of the land army in 1973. "When I flew to New York and showed it to Mike Wallace the star reporter of CBS 60 Minutes he agreed. "Real shame we cant show it here"" Pilger said in an interview with the New Statesman.