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The Beautiful Country (2004)

After reuniting with his mother in Ho Chi Minh City, a family tragedy causes Binh to flee from Viet Nam to America. Landing in New York, Binh begins a road trip to Texas, where his American father is said to live.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damien Nguyen ...
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Ling
Thi Hoa Mai ...
Wa
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Chingmy
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Snakehead
Xuan Phuc Dins ...
Pham
Thu An Nguyen ...
Old Woman
Ka Duy Pham ...
Cousin 15 years old
Minh Trang Ngo ...
Cousin 14 years old
Dang Quoc Thinh Tran ...
Tam
Thi Kim Xuan Chau ...
Mai
Tang Vu ...
Head Servant
Thu Anh ...
Mrs. Hoa
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Storyline

One of the consequences of the U.S.-Viet Nam war was the children of G.I.s by their Viet Namese wives and lovers. For years, women who were involved with U.S. soldiers were social outcasts, treated as collaborators while their children, even when living with grandparents, endured taunts and abuse. This is the story of one such child, Binh, being forced from his village at seventeen years, going to Saigon to find his mother, then trying to escape to the U.S. with his much younger half-brother, Tam, in 1990. The film lingers on the rigors of the voyage: the sampan, the Malaysian detention camps, the illegal refugee ship, and the underground economy with near-slavery in New York City. It then opens up when Binh leaves New York for Houston to find his father. Written by Maple-2

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An epic story of hope.

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Rated R for some language and a crude sexual reference | See all certifications »
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13 March 2004 (Norway)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,900, 10 July 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$442,612, 9 October 2005
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2.35 : 1
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When Binh gets to Texas, the family giving him a ride drops him off outside a city and refers to it as Houston. The skyline of the city is very clearly that of Dallas, not Houston. See more »

Quotes

Binh: My mother is very beautiful. Like cranes flying at sunset.
Steve: Binh, why are you here?
Binh: This place?
Steve: No, America.
Binh: America beautiful.
Steve: How's that?
Binh: [no response]
Steve: Did you come by boat?
Binh: Yes.
Steve: Hard?
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An Incredible Film
1 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Tribeca Film Festival yesterday, and thought it was the best film in the festival. The cinematography was beautiful, the story was touching, and the characters were rich. There is one point in the movie where something tragic happens and it moved the entire audience to tears, including myself. The script is excellent, creative, and intelligent. The director did an extraordinary job and so did the lead actor, who had never made a feature film before. Tim Roth and Nick Nolte also give strong performances. I think this film will become a classic and end up winning some big awards. This is one of those epic monumental stories that should not be forgotten. An extraordinary and touching film.


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