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The Beautiful Country (2004)

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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 ... Binh
... Ling
Thi Hoa Mai ... Wa
... Steve
... Captain Oh
... Chingmy
... 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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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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$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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Movie stars two Hulk film alums. Nick Nolte performing in Hulk and Tim Roth from The Incredible Hulk See more »

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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 »

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Captain Oh: [to Binh] I offer you a new life; you choose an old dream.
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Great movie, yet underrated
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Classic tale of redemption, brimming with drama and a lead character that says little, but who you quickly relate to and associate yourself with. Starts of kind of slow, but after 15-20 minutes, the movie picks up and never slows down, with high drama and classic storytelling. A must-see. The movie is set to the backdrop of the aftermath of the Vietnam war in Vietnam, and portrays the poverty-stricken environment they are forced to live in. It then moves on to show the desperation of would-be American immigrants fleeing from one land that doesn't want them to sneak into another. After watching this movie, you will definitely have a greater appreciation for what some immigrants have to go through.


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