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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.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

Bobbie Ann Mason (novel), Frank Pierson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Emmett Smith
Emily Lloyd ... Samantha Hughes
Joan Allen ... Irene
Kevin Anderson ... Lonnie
John Terry ... Tom
Peggy Rea ... Mamaw
Judith Ivey ... Anita
Daniel Jenkins ... Dwayne
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Pete
Jim Beaver ... Earl Smith
Richard Hamilton ... Grampaw
Heidi Swedberg ... Dawn
Ken Jenkins ... Jim Holly
Jonathan Hogan Jonathan Hogan ... Larry
Patricia Richardson ... Cindy
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Storyline

Samantha Hughes, a teenage Kentucky girl, never knew her father, who died in Vietnam before she was born. Samantha lives with her uncle Emmett Smith, who also served in Vietnam. Emmett hangs around with Tom, Earl and Pete, three other Vietnam veterans 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 veterans 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 with a trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, she and Emmett at least temporarily come 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. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un héros comme tant d'autres See more »

Filming Locations:

Lexington, Kentucky, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,505, 17 September 1989

Gross USA:

$3,531,971

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,531,971
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Beaver's favorite movie of his own. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Emmett Smith: There's something wrong with me, like there's this hole in my heart. I guess there's something missing, I can't get it back.
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I Never Felt Worse
Performed by Jim Kimball
Courtesy of Soundscape Productions
Written by Jim Kimball and Steve Knox
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One of Bruce Willis' best movie ever!
10 June 2004 | by becca52_19See all my reviews

Although this movie isn't well known - I happened on it by accident one day.

I must say that I was very pleased with the whole thing. The character Bruce plays is one for my generation. We lost a lot of fine young men and women in the Viet Nam War and Bruce as Emmett was so real.

It's a different kind of movie for Willis but it shows his true talent and emotional commitment to this character that I found solid. This movie is a have-to if you enjoy Bruce Willis.

Anyone can do a loud, shoot them up movie but it takes real talent to bring to life a sensitive and emotional person to life. The raw, bleeding memories that he shows is so real you'd think Bruce really saw action IN COUNTRY.

See this movie!!!!


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