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Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987)

A documentary featuring letters written by U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines during the Vietnam War to their families and friends back home. Archive footage of the war and news ... See full summary »

Director:

Bill Couturié (as Bill Couturie)

Writers:

Richard Dewhurst (screenplay), Bill Couturié (screenplay) (as Bill Couturie)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... (voice)
Ellen Burstyn ... Mrs. Stocks (voice)
J. Kenneth Campbell ... (voice)
Richard Chaves ... (voice)
Josh Cruze ... (voice)
Willem Dafoe ... Elephant Grass (voice)
Robert De Niro ... Great Sewer (voice)
Brian Dennehy ... (voice)
Kevin Dillon ... Jack (voice)
Matt Dillon ... Mike (voice) (unconfirmed)
Robert Downey Jr. ... (voice)
Michael J. Fox ... Pfc. Raymond Griffiths (voice)
Mark Harmon ... (voice)
John Heard ... Johnny Boy (voice) (unconfirmed)
Fred Hirz Fred Hirz ... (voice)
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A documentary featuring letters written by U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines during the Vietnam War to their families and friends back home. Archive footage of the war and news coverage thereof, augment the first-person "narrative" by men and women who were in the war, some of whom did not survive it. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dear America See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Soldier: [Writing a letter home] Darling, believe me, I try not skip a day in writing you. Whether or not I get a letter determines if it's a good day or not.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1988 (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Grace
Written by Country Joe McDonald
Performed by Country Joe and the Fish
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Probably the only war movie that really makes you fear war
3 May 2000 | by pooearSee all my reviews

Dear America, is most certainly one of the really great war films, and this is because nearly everything is real, all footage and the letters read are real, the only things that aren't authentic are the actors voices, however these are some of Hollywoods finest so believing them to be the actual soldiers, mothers, nurses is easy.

It is more a documentary then a film, but the presence of the actors gives it a cinemeatic feel.

Accompanied by a great soundtrack (has there ever been a Vietnam movie with a bad one) this is one of the most moving and poignent movies you will see, it is through its realness that ones gets a feel of how bad war really is, it is probably one of very few war movies that really makes you fear war, because there is no adventurous sub plot, just some letters from young guys, most of whom just want out.

The final letter really sums up the entire movie, and I would have to say this is one of the most moving pieces of film ? I have seen, this is then followed by Springsteens Born in the USA, which brings a fitting conclusion to the film


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