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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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Mrs. Stocks (voice)
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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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Was #9 on Roger Ebert's list of the Best Films of 1988. See more »

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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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EIGHTEEN
Written by Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Neal Smith and Dennis Dunaway
Performed by Alice Cooper
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Best documentary I have ever seen
27 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie during my English class about a week ago and I can say that it was the best documentary movie I have ever seen. Everyone's eyes were glued on the movie and that is very rare to see in my class. If was an emotional movie. Famous actors read the letters that men and nurses wrote during the war. You saw what it was like for the soldiers and what was going through their heads at the time. The music in the movie was connected to the time period of the war and it fit the movie really well. It helps you feel connected to the soldiers through their own words. The people who read these letters read them with such passion that you just listened and it felt as if the soldier themselves were reading them. You didn't pay attention at all to the people reading the letters but to the words they were actually reading. I would recommend this movie to everybody and anybody. It is so powerful and it has a really strong impact on the viewers.


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