MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 8,488 this week

Regret to Inform (1998)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary, War  |  1998 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 294 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 26 critic

In this film made over ten years, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn goes on a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband was killed. She and translator (and fellow war widow) Xuan... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 06 May 2011
 
a list of 4370 titles
created 16 May 2011
 
a list of 40 titles
created 29 Feb 2012
 
a list of 174 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Regret to Inform" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Regret to Inform (1998)

Regret to Inform (1998) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Regret to Inform.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Feature-length documentary film featuring real-life letters written by American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines during the Vietnam War to their families and friends back home. ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Couturié
Stars: Tom Berenger, Ellen Burstyn, J. Kenneth Campbell
Genghis Blues (1999)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

San Francisco bluesman and composer, Paul Peña makes a musical pilgrimage to the land of Tuva.

Director: Roko Belic
Stars: Richard Feynman, B.B. King, Kongar-ol Ondar
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Produced at the height of the Vietnam War, Emile de Antonio's Oscar-nominated 1968 documentary chronicles the war's historical roots. With palpable outrage, De Antonio (Point of Order, ... See full summary »

Director: Emile de Antonio
Stars: Harry S. Ashmore, Daniel Berrigan, Joseph Buttinger
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

This real-life documentary explores the passionate & energetic presence of renowned Italian violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (she moved to the Unites States at the age of eight to study ... See full summary »

Director: Paola di Florio
Stars: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The story of the post World War II Jewish refugee situation from liberation to the establishment of the modern state of Israel.

Director: Mark Jonathan Harris
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Edward Asner, Sean Astin
Documentary | History | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.

Director: Kevin Macdonald
Stars: Michael Douglas, Ankie Spitzer, Jamal Al Gashey
Paper Clips (2004)
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

As a part of their study of the Holocaust, the children of the Whitwell, TN Middle School try to collect 6 million paper clips representing the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis.

Directors: Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab
Stars: Sandra Roberts, Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand, Tom Bosley
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as an American naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Vietcong, recreating many events for the camera.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Dieter Dengler, Werner Herzog, Eugene Deatrick
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

This controversial documentary about the stand-off between an unorthodox Christian group - the Branch Davidians, under the leadership of the young, charismatic David Koresh - and the FBI ... See full summary »

Director: William Gazecki
Stars: Dan Gifford, Clive Doyle, Jack Harwell
Spellbound (2002)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.

Director: Jeffrey Blitz
Stars: Angela Arenivar, Ubaldo Arenivar, Jorge Arenivar
Documentary | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Director: Robert B. Weide
Stars: Robert De Niro, Steve Allen, Honey Bruce Friedman
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Documentary depicting day to day life in Angola Prison mostly from an inmate's perspective. Interviews are with several inmates including one with a life sentence who is about to die.

Directors: Liz Garbus, Wilbert Rideau, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Bernard Addison, Burl Cain, George Crawford
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Xuan Ngoc Nguyen ...
Herself
Barbara Sonneborn ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

In this film made over ten years, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn goes on a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband was killed. She and translator (and fellow war widow) Xuan Ngoc Nguyen explore the meaning of war and loss on a human level. The film weaves interviews with Vietnamese and American widows into a vivid testament to the legacy of war. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | War

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kondolencje z frontu  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,294 (USA) (25 June 1999)

Gross:

$22,627 (USA) (23 July 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

For all who have suffered from war, For all the lives lost... "They say: Our deaths are not ours: They are yours; They will mean what you make them." See more »

Soundtracks

River Study
Written by D.A. Sonneborn
Performed by D.A. Sonneborn
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Heartfelt
12 June 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A unique documentary film on the Vietnam War and wars in general. Its' focus is on the widows' of war. These are widows' who will always experience the trauma of war. This documentary was made 25 years after the end of the war. Part of it's' focus is on one woman's return to the site her husband had died during the war.

The great strength of this film is it also speaks with Vietnamese women whose husbands were killed. Because their country experienced the war directly their stories are very different and more intense.

Like other great films on war this clearly points out that one's pain of war never goes away. The war lives on in one's life forever. One woman recounted that she felt her husband's name should have been at the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC. He committed suicide seven years after the end of the war and the reasons' were directly connected to Vietnam. Another woman's husband died from the effects of Agent Orange. In a recent commentary Canadian Romeo Dallaire, who has experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, said that the number of suicides of Vietnam War veterans was far higher than the general population. He said these suicides would raise significantly the count of American war dead from Vietnam.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
My English teacher is friends with Barbara Sonneborn... aaronb264
Discuss Regret to Inform (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page