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In Country (1989)

A young girl whose father died in the Vietnam War becomes determined to find out more about him and his experiences.

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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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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,531,971
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The doctor's office seen in the film is actually a dry cleaners which is still operating in Mayfield, Kentucky. After the film, the store was named "Clothes Doctor" as a result of appearing in the movie. See more »

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Dwayne: When I get back to the world, this will be a dream. But now, the world is a dream.
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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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Poignant drama about a girl finding her father and her uncle finding himself
27 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

Emily Lloyd plays a young woman searching for her father, who was killed in Vietnam. Bruce Willis plays her Uncle, also a vet, who is coping with the fact that he made it out alive while his brother did not.

Very well done with superb acting by Willis in his finest role and by Lloyd who plays her part brilliantly. Underrated as a film, is very much worth the time.. Concludes with a very touching and emotional scene at the Vietnam Memorial

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