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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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Samantha Hughes
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Irene
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Lonnie
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Tom
Peggy Rea ...
Mamaw
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Anita
Daniel Jenkins ...
Dwayne
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Pete
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Earl Smith
Richard Hamilton ...
Grampaw
Heidi Swedberg ...
Dawn
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Jim Holly
Jonathan Hogan ...
Larry
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Cindy
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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 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.

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29 September 1989 (USA)  »

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Un héros comme tant d'autres  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,531,971 (USA)
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A full scale replica of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, one of the first replicas outside D.C., was built in Mayfield, as shooting on the Mall at that time was restricted. See more »

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Referenced in The Bench: Life Before 'Seinfeld' (2004) See more »

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Gone But Not Forgotten
Written by J. Fred Knobloch, Scott Miller;
Performed by J. Fred Knobloch
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The faces that would not be forgotten
12 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love this compelling drama of self-discovery, partly because I was an extra in it as a nine-month-old baby on holiday in New York with my parents!!! (I'm afraid I was on the cutting room floor this time, but watch out for a flash of red hair in the soldier's graves scene and tell me if you do!!!). English rose Emily Lloyd (known to all you 'Only Fools and Horses' fans as the daughter of Roger Lloyd Pack, who played Trigger) convincingly portrays a young American woman attempting to discover the father she never really knew. Bruce Willis does a real turnaround from the characters we are used to seeing him play, as Lloyd's rather crazy uncle Emmet. I'm not a patriotic person, especially since I'm from Northern Ireland and not the U.S., but the stories of the forgotten men who made the ultimate sacrifice for a cause which in the end was not worth it, is still tragic and heart-wrenching for me. A real human story.


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