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In Country (1989)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Emmett Smith
... Samantha Hughes
... Irene
... Lonnie
... Tom
... Mamaw
... Anita
... Dwayne
... Pete
... Earl Smith
Richard Hamilton ... Grampaw
... Dawn
... Jim Holly
Jonathan Hogan ... Larry
... 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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The story of an American family.

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Drama | Romance | War

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29 September 1989 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,531,971
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Trivia

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 »

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In the opening scene where the Platoon Leader is marching in the Platoon you see his shirt has one too many buttons unbuttoned. 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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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) See more »

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It'll Be Easier in the Morning
Written by Liam O'Maonlai, Peter O'Toole, Fiachna Ó Braonáin
Performed by Hothouse Flowers
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The faces that would not be forgotten
12 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

I love this compelling drama of self-discovery, partly because I was an extra in it as a nine-month-old baby on holiday in New York with my parents!!! (I'm afraid I was on the cutting room floor this time, but watch out for a flash of red hair in the soldier's graves scene and tell me if you do!!!). English rose Emily Lloyd (known to all you 'Only Fools and Horses' fans as the daughter of Roger Lloyd Pack, who played Trigger) convincingly portrays a young American woman attempting to discover the father she never really knew. Bruce Willis does a real turnaround from the characters we are used to seeing him play, as Lloyd's rather crazy uncle Emmet. I'm not a patriotic person, especially since I'm from Northern Ireland and not the U.S., but the stories of the forgotten men who made the ultimate sacrifice for a cause which in the end was not worth it, is still tragic and heart-wrenching for me. A real human story.


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