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Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987)

A documentary featuring letters written by U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines during the Viet Nam War to their families and friends back home. Archive footage of the war and news ... See full summary »

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(as Bill Couturie)

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(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Bill Couturie)
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Mrs. Stocks (voice)
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Elephant Grass (voice)
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Great Sewer (voice)
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Jack (voice)
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Mike (voice) (unconfirmed)
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Pfc. Raymond Griffiths (voice)
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Johnny Boy (voice) (unconfirmed)
Fred Hirz ...
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A documentary featuring letters written by U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines during the Viet Nam War to their families and friends back home. Archive footage of the war and news coverage thereof augment the first-person 'narrative' by men and women who were in the war, some of whom did not survive it. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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September 1988 (USA)  »

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Dear America  »

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Was #9 on Roger Ebert's list of the Best Films of 1988. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Stocks: [In a letter to her KIA son, left at the Vietnam Memorial] Dear Bill, I came to this black wall again, to see and touch your name. William R. Stocks. And as I do, I wonder if anyone ever stops to realize that next to your name, on this black wall, is your mother's heart. A heart broken fifteen years ago today, when you lost your life in Vietnam. And as I look at your name, I think of how many, many times I used to wonder how scared and homesick you must have been, in that strange country called ...
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Connections

Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #3.1 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Walk Like a Man
Written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio
Performed by The Four Seasons
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Probably the only war movie that really makes you fear war
3 May 2000 | by (sydney Australia) – See all my reviews

Dear America, is most certainly one of the really great war films, and this is because nearly everything is real, all footage and the letters read are real, the only things that aren't authentic are the actors voices, however these are some of Hollywoods finest so believing them to be the actual soldiers, mothers, nurses is easy.

It is more a documentary then a film, but the presence of the actors gives it a cinemeatic feel.

Accompanied by a great soundtrack (has there ever been a Vietnam movie with a bad one) this is one of the most moving and poignent movies you will see, it is through its realness that ones gets a feel of how bad war really is, it is probably one of very few war movies that really makes you fear war, because there is no adventurous sub plot, just some letters from young guys, most of whom just want out.

The final letter really sums up the entire movie, and I would have to say this is one of the most moving pieces of film ? I have seen, this is then followed by Springsteens Born in the USA, which brings a fitting conclusion to the film


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