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Samantha Hughes, a teenaged Kentucky girl, never knew her father, who died in Vietnam before her birth. Samantha lives with her uncle Emmett, who also served in Vietnam. Emmett hangs around... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Hughes
Daniel Jenkins ...
Earl Smith
Richard Hamilton ...
Heidi Swedberg ...
Jim Holly
Jonathan Hogan ...


Samantha Hughes, a teenaged Kentucky girl, never knew her father, who died in Vietnam before her birth. Samantha lives with her uncle Emmett, who also served in Vietnam. Emmett hangs around with Tom, Earl, and Pete, three other Vietnam vets who, like Emmett, all have problems of one kind or another that relate to their war experiences. Sam, as Samantha is known, becomes obsessed with finding out about her father and his experiences, but Emmett and the other vets don't want to talk about the war. Sam pushes everyone to attend a dance honoring the town's veterans, but Pete and Earl get into a fight, Emmett disappears, and Tom takes Sam home for an unsuccessful tryst. When Sam reads her father's diary, she begins to understand what his life and death meant, and she and Emmett, with a trip to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, come at least temporarily to terms with the war in their lives. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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The story of an American family.


Drama | Romance | War


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Release Date:

29 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un héros comme tant d'autres  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)


$3,531,971 (USA)

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Actor Jim Beaver's favorite film of his own. See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Breakthrough Stars of 1990 (1990) See more »


Dedicated to the One I Love
Written by Lowman Pauling, Ralph Bass
Performed by The Mamas and the Papas
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Very true to Appalachia
23 February 2002 | by (Huntington, WV) – See all my reviews

While many of the comments here have voiced distaste for Emily Lloyd's performance, I've found it , along with the Grandmother, to be very true to Appalachia...I taught many, many students who talked like Sam, and had her personality traits.

The people of Appalachia built this country by working the coal mines and steel mills, and in a very real sense never benefited in the wealth they helped create. In Country brings this out, by telling the story of of some of these people. During the Vietnam War, the press many times focused on either the heroic volunteer, or soldiers from our city ghettos, and left out the stories of the many men from rural areas who made sacrifices.

After having the film on Laserdisc for some time now, I recently saw it priced on DVD for $6.00. It IS an underrated film, and I challenge anyone not to choke up in the final scenes at the Vietnam War Memorial,

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