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In Country (1989)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  29 September 1989 (USA)
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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
Peggy Rea ...
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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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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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The film was made and released about four years after its source novel of the same name by Bobbie Ann Mason had been first published in 1985. See more »


References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »


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Outstanding film
10 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Critics and friends have reacted variously to this film, but I found it very, very good. The characters are entirely believable, but the real pay-off for hanging in there with them through all the vagaries of their existence and problems (a number of them are messed up by their experiences in Vietnam -- this film came out just as there was a resurgence in post-traumatic stress syndrome among vets) comes with the way the film reaches a resolution at the end. A quiet, understated scene beautifully underscored by the excellent music of James Horner. I would rank this film very high on my "I give thanks that I got to see this" list.

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