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Samantha Hughes
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Irene
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Lonnie
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Tom
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Mamaw
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Anita
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Dwayne
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Earl Smith
Richard Hamilton ...
Grampaw
Heidi Swedberg ...
Dawn
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Jim Holly
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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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29 September 1989 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,531,971 (USA)
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Director Norman Jewison had directed such earlier other military and war-related pictures as A Soldier's Story (1984) and The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966). See more »

Quotes

Dwayne: When I get back to the world, this will be a dream. But now, the world is a dream.
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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) See more »

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Dancing in the Street
Written by William Stevenson, Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter
Performed by Martha & The Vandellas
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One of Bruce Willis' best movie ever!

Although this movie isn't well known - I happened on it by accident one day.

I must say that I was very pleased with the whole thing. The character Bruce plays is one for my generation. We lost a lot of fine young men and women in the Viet Nam War and Bruce as Emmett was so real.

It's a different kind of movie for Willis but it shows his true talent and emotional commitment to this character that I found solid. This movie is a have-to if you enjoy Bruce Willis.

Anyone can do a loud, shoot them up movie but it takes real talent to bring to life a sensitive and emotional person to life. The raw, bleeding memories that he shows is so real you'd think Bruce really saw action IN COUNTRY.

See this movie!!!!


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