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September 1988 (USA) See more »
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Feature-length documentary film featuring real-life letters written by American soldiers, sailors, airmen... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Moving, powerful See more (25 total) »

Cast

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Tom Berenger ... (voice)

Ellen Burstyn ... Mrs. Stocks (voice)

J. Kenneth Campbell ... (voice)

Richard Chaves ... (voice)

Josh Cruze ... (voice)

Willem Dafoe ... Elephant Grass (voice)

Robert De Niro ... Great Sewer (voice)

Brian Dennehy ... (voice)

Kevin Dillon ... Jack (voice)

Matt Dillon ... Mike (voice) (unconfirmed)

Robert Downey Jr. ... (voice)

Michael J. Fox ... Pfc. Raymond Griffiths (voice)

Mark Harmon ... (voice)

John Heard ... Johnny Boy (voice) (unconfirmed)
Fred Hirz ... (voice)

Harvey Keitel ... 2nd Lt. Donald Jacques (voice)

Elizabeth McGovern ... Me (voice)

Judd Nelson ... (voice)

Sean Penn ... (voice)

Randy Quaid ... Cpl. Kevin Macaulay (voice)
Timothy Patrick Quill ... (voice) (as Tim Quill)

Eric Roberts ... (voice)
Ray Robertson ... (voice)

Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... (voice) (as Howard Rollins Jr.)

John Savage ... (voice)

Raphael Sbarge ... (voice)

Martin Sheen ... Alan (voice)

Tucker Smallwood ... (voice)
Roger Steffens ... (voice)
Jim Tracy ... (voice)

Kathleen Turner ... 1st Lt. Lynda Van Devanter (voice)

Tico Wells ... (voice)

Robin Williams ... Baby-san (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Denis Boileau ... Récitant / Narrator (voice: French version)
David Brinkley ... Himself - NBC Newsman (archive footage)
Fred DeBrine ... Himself - NBC Newsman (voice) (archive footage)

Alain Delon ... Récitant / Narrator (voice: French version)

Brigitte Fossey ... Récitante / Narrator (voice: French version)
Greg Germain ... Récitant / Narrator (voice: French version)

Annie Girardot ... Récitante / Narrator (voice: French version)
Edgar Givry ... Récitant / Narrator (voice: French version)

Hervé Icovic ... Récitant / Narrator (voice: French version)

Valérie Kaprisky ... Récitante / Narrator (voice: French version)
Gilles Laurent ... Récitant / Narrator (voice: French version)
Jean-Pierre Leroux ... Récitant / Narrator (voice: French version)
Christophe Malavoy ... Récitant / Narrator (voice: French version)
Laurent Malet ... Récitant / Narrator (voice: French version)
Frank McGee ... Himself - NBC Newsman (voice) (archive footage)
Michel Mella ... Récitant / Narrator (voice: French version)
Edwin Newman ... Himself - NBC Newsman (archive footage)
Florent Pagny ... Récitant / Narrator (voice: French version)
Jack Perkins ... Himself - NBC Newsman (voice) (archive footage)
Patrick Poivey ... Récitant / Narrator (voice: French version)
Howard Tuckner ... Himself - NBC Newsman (voice) (archive footage)
Sander Vanocur ... Himself - NBC Newsman (archive footage)

Bob Hope ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Yoko Ono ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Bill Couturié  (as Bill Couturie)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bill Couturié  (as Bill Couturie)
Richard Dewhurst 

Produced by
Thomas Bird .... producer
Bill Couturié .... producer (as Bill Couturie)
Bernard Edelman .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Todd Boekelheide 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Chin 
 
Film Editing by
Stephen Stept 
Gary Weimberg 
 
Casting by
Pat Golden 
Barbara Ligell 
John McCabe 
 
Makeup Department
Jim Gillespie .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
B.Z. Petroff .... production manager
Kathryn Witte .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Haskell V. Anderson III .... additional dialogue recordist
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Todd Boekelheide .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Chaves .... additional dialogue recordist
Josh Cruze .... additional dialogue recordist
Anna Davis .... assistant sound editor
Will Harvey .... sound re-recording mixer
Howard Mungo .... additional dialogue recordist
Douglas Murray .... synclavier sound effects
Larry Oatfield .... assistant sound editor (as E. Larry Oatfield)
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist
Greg Shaw .... synclavier sound effects
Robert Shoup .... supervising sound editor
Jeffery Stephens .... assistant sound editor (as Jeffrey Stephens)
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Jeff Watts .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Armstrong .... still photographer: title photographs, Camera 3
Peter Crosman .... still photographer: title photographs, Camera 3
 
Editorial Department
Anne Davis .... assistant editor
Doug Jones .... negative conformer
Devon Miller .... assistant editor
Catherine Ryan .... assistant editor
Julie Stept .... assistant editor (as Jules Stept)
 
Music Department
Gary Clayton .... original music recording
Ben Edmonds .... music consultant
Geoffrey Menin .... legal counsel: music
Merril Wasserman .... music clearance
 
Other crew
Phillip Arterbury .... original letter source
Joseph Bersh Jr. .... original letter source
George T. Boks .... archive source: Super 8 footage
Alan Bourne .... original letter source
David Bowman .... original letter source
Alan Brudno .... original letter source
Jack Calamia .... original letter source
Richard Cantale .... original letter source
Rodney Chastant .... original letter source
Richard Chaves .... archive source: Super 8 footage
Cathleen Cordova .... original letter source
Robert Devlin .... original letter source
John Di Fusco .... technical advisor
Bernard Edelman .... book editor: for The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission
Peter Elliott .... original letter source
Alexander Douglas Grant .... additional stock footage researcher: Great American Stock
Ray Griffiths .... original letter source (as Ray Griffiths)
James Hebron .... original letter source
Doug Jones .... archive source: Super 8 footage
Marion 'Sandy' Kempner .... original letter source
Richard Kepro .... archive source: Super 8 footage
Roy Kissin .... editorial systems analyst
John J. Koshel .... film librarian
Dennis Lane .... original letter source
Richard Loffler .... original letter source
Gregory Lusco .... original letter source
Kevin Macaulay .... original letter source
William Maguire Jr. .... original letter source
Kati Meister .... film research supervisor
Joseph Morrissey .... original letter source
Edward Murphy .... original letter source
George Olsen .... original letter source
Allen Paul .... original letter source
Thomas Jean Pierre Pellaton .... original letter source
Robert Ransom Jr. .... original letter source
Michael Rush .... original letter source
Robert Salerni .... original letter source
James Schubert .... original letter source
James Simmen .... original letter source
William Stocks .... original letter source
Richard Strandberg .... original letter source
Jack Swender .... original letter source
Lynda Van Devanter .... original letter source
Ray Wahl .... original letter source
Victor David Westphall III .... original letter source
George Williams .... original letter source
Eleanor Wimbish .... original letter source
Phillip Woodall .... original letter source
Steve York .... archive source: additional stock footage
 
Thanks
Richard Downing .... acknowledgment: reprints of still photographs
Robert Ellison .... acknowledgment: archive still photographs provided by, Blackstar Photo Agency
Ron Hosberle .... acknowledgment: archive still photographs provided by
Dana A. Penland .... acknowledgment: archive still photographs provided by
Mark Stanoch .... thanks
 

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Germany:83 min | USA:87 min
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Quotes:
Soldier:[Writing a letter home] Darling, believe me, I try not skip a day in writing you. Whether or not I get a letter determines if it's a good day or not.See more »
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GOING TO A GO-GOSee more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Moving, powerful, 2 June 2004
Author: Barry Goodsmith from West Orange, NJ

What's there to say about a documentary which combines letters from soldiers in the Vietnam War with news clips and music of the day?

I saw "Dear America" only once, back in 1987 as a senior in high school, yet I remember it as well as movies I saw last year. Celebrities--including Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Robert DeNiro, and Michael J. Fox--read actual letters from the soldiers fighting the war with such passion, it seemed the letters were read by their writers. But somehow, the focus stayed on the grunts who wrote the letters.

The most moving and memorable was the final letter, read by Ellen Burstyn, written by a mother to the son she lost to the war. The actual letter was placed at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC.

It's been nearly 17 years since I first watched "Dear America." I use the video now, a lifetime later, to teach *my* high school students about the Vietnam War.

PG13: real war footage, mild language, and brief nudity. Despite the rating, less mature middle and high schoolers might see "Dear America" as just another war movie and not appreciate its importance.

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