Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

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Overview

Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam was first telecast April 3, 1988, over the HBO cable service. Based on the book of the same name, the program is devoted to poignant recitations of letters to and from American participants of the Vietnam war. The letters are heard over images culled from news footage, home movies and still photography, with contemporary music added to put things in the proper historical context. The 2-hour film, featuring readings from various well-known actors see cast list, was a ...
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Overview

Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam was first telecast April 3, 1988, over the HBO cable service. Based on the book of the same name, the program is devoted to poignant recitations of letters to and from American participants of the Vietnam war. The letters are heard over images culled from news footage, home movies and still photography, with contemporary music added to put things in the proper historical context. The 2-hour film, featuring readings from various well-known actors see cast list, was a co-production involving Bill Couturie, a previous Emmy winner for Vietnam Requiem, and the Vietnam Veterans Ensemble Theatre Company.
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Special Features

Closed Caption
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2005
  • UPC: 026359020728
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,515

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Berenger Voice Only
Ellen Burstyn Voice Only
J. Kenneth Campbell Voice Only
Richard Chaves Voice Only
Josh Cruze Voice Only
Willem Dafoe Voice Only
Robert De Niro Voice Only
Brian Dennehy Voice Only
Kevin Dillon Voice Only
Matt Dillon Voice Only
Robert Downey Jr. Voice Only
Michael J. Fox Voice Only
Mark Harmon Voice Only
John Heard Voice Only
Harvey Keitel Voice Only
Elizabeth McGovern Voice Only
Judd Nelson Voice Only
Sean Penn Voice Only
Randy Quaid Voice Only
Tim Quill Voice Only
Eric Roberts Voice Only
Howard E. Rollins Jr. Voice Only
John Savage Voice Only
Raphael Sbarge Voice Only
Martin Sheen Voice Only
Tucker Smallwood Voice Only
Roger Steffens Voice Only
Kathleen Turner Voice Only
Tico Wells Voice Only
Robin Williams Voice Only
Technical Credits
Bill Couturie Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Mark Berger Sound Mixer
Todd Boekelheide Score Composer
Michael Chin Cinematographer
Gary Weimberg Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam
1. Taking in the Sun [10:46]
2. Watch Yourselves [8:18]
3. One of My Friends [14:28]
4. Wounded Infantry [13:02]
5. Soft Red Flowers [14:34]
6. Kids Coming Home [5:08]
7. Human Damage [7:45]
8. Memorial [11:33]
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Disc #1 -- Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2004

    A Great Tribute

    If you want to know about the Vietnam War, this is the tape for you. I personally used this to teach my young troops about the war, I always had to leave the room at the end of the tape to maintain my composure. Buy it, you'll watch it over and over.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    A music video to the war...

    With great music and moving letters, this movie was amazing, and didn't really feel biased like a lot of other documentaries.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent for Classroom Use

    This movie relates the Vietnam experience through the use of home movies, letters, and news clips of the time. Although contemporary celebrities are used to narrate the video, it is not a "Hollywood" production. Although the soundtrack is amazing, students are drawn to the reality of the gritty emotions felt by those "in country" and at home. It does not glorify war. Although the violence is kept to a minimum, there is brief nudity and a suggestive calendar scene that may be felt by some to be inappropriate. Previewing the video is suggested before classroom use. This is an excellent tool for discussions about (among other issues)patriotism, government and the military-industrial complex. This video is definitely a "must see" for students of history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must See

    As a middle school teacher, I can find no better piece to tell the story of the war from the lives of the soldiers. It is a must see for every American. It is thought-provoking and a catalyst for many tears. The soundtrack and the letters are perfect. A great teaching tool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Sad but Extremely Truthful

    This brought to your attention the lack of respect for our troops in Vietnam and the need to support our troops in Iraq. It brings to life the people at war rather then just the war battles. The experiences were very difficult to hear becasue it sadden my heart to the core that these events happened. The last passage of a mother reading a letter she wrote made me physically cry in front of people. It was emotional becasue you see pictures and news cast of the past of these soldiers who died for us and didn't know why a "good reason" existed that they were even at war. It makes me angry and sad at the same time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2003

    Get the view from real soldiers

    Excellent movie to get the vietnam story in the words of soldiers who were there. Experince their thoughts, feelings and fears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2003

    One of the best

    This is undoubtably the best reality film of the war in South East Asia.I watch it over and over,and every time it brings tears to my eyes!! I only wish that was a musical soundtrack available with all those wonderful songs of the Sixties!!

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