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In Country (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, War | 5 April 2014 (USA)
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In Country follows the men of Delta 2/5(R) as they recreate, by choice, the battles of the Vietnam War once each year. Disquieting and provocative, the film asks, "what compels these men to bring this controversial war back to life?"

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Mike Attie (co-director), Meghan O'Hara (co-director)
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Credited cast:
Travis Cole Travis Cole ... Himself
Lucien Darensburg Lucien Darensburg ... Himself
Charles B. Ford Charles B. Ford ... Himself (as Charles Ford)
Scott Johnston Scott Johnston ... Himself
Joel Kinney Joel Kinney ... Himself
Matthew Kinney Matthew Kinney ... Himself
Vince LeBlanc Vince LeBlanc ... Himself
Vinh Nguyen Vinh Nguyen ... Himself
Steve Pelikan Steve Pelikan ... Himself
David Safina-Massey David Safina-Massey ... Himself
Jason Woolery Jason Woolery ... Himself
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To many of us, the idea of Civil War re-enactment is a familiar concept. But the men of Delta 2/5(R) recreate the battles of a far more charged conflict: The Vietnam War. For one weekend a year, the woods of Oregon transform as a mix of combat enthusiasts, Iraq veterans, and even a former South Vietnamese Army officer, choose to revive a war that a whole generation would much rather forget. Disquieting and provocative, In Country blurs fantasy with trauma, deftly tugging at the imposing question: what compels these men to don the vintage uniforms and meticulously bring this controversial war back to life?

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War is hell. Why would anyone want to spend their weekends there?


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English

Release Date:

5 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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Oregon, USA

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Naked Edge Films See more »
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Color (HD)| Color
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Revisiting Vietnam
20 August 2015 | by westsideschlSee all my reviews

A blend of Vietnam war footage, about 10% of film time but would like to have seen more, with a contemporary mix of about a dozen reenact ors, including veterans ranging from, approximately, Vietnam (2), Iraq & Afghanistan (2), as well as individuals with an interest in the Vietnam war. All taking place in Oregon. "In Country" joins the list of over a hundred movies with that war as an integral part of the storyline. Pre-enactment rituals include preparing their Vietnam era gear, then mapping the couple of days reconnaissance trek. Finally, giving outcome cards (e.g. whether you are to be a casualty, etc.) to each squad member. Also, coordinating with an outside group to act as enemy (gooks). Not explained in the film is who this surrogate enemy actually was and what their exact roles were to be. Another pre-trek ritual was showing the film "Easy Rider" (a popular anti-war film at the time) as well as a chalk board litany disparaging those in the US that were against the war. Also not explained was how this event was funded and how it was organized. Oddly, one of the central figures, Sgt. Hayden Baumgartner, who played a significant role in the film is not listed in the film's credits nor amongst the names of participants in the films's IMDb cast list. He died in 2011 even though the film was released in 2014.

One of the participants says, "that he thinks about it (the war) every day, the brutality of it; you don't forget stuff like that." As a twist of fate, today Vietnam has close relations with the US.


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