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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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"In Country" (1985), the film's source book, was the first novel written by source novelist Bobbie Ann Mason. See more »

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

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High Rollin'
Written by R.S. Field
Performed by Webb Wilder
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Dramatic events are highlighted by being shown in common
3 November 1998 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

This film introduces familiar characters and develops them as examples of how losing someone to Vietnam (even if they came home) changed the lives of much of our country. The characters are not "important" figures and the film's impact is greater for displaying how common were those experiences. Bruce Willis' acting is superb and John Terry's character may be the most haunting.


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