In Country

In Country

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Director: Norman Jewison

Cast: Bruce Willis, Emily Lloyd, Joan Allen

     
 

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Norman Jewison directed this subdued character study of the effect of the Vietnam War on a small-town Kentucky family -- based on the novel by Bobbi Ann Mason. The film centers upon 17-year-old Samantha (Emily Lloyd) who lives in Hopewell, Kentucky with her Uncle Emmett (Bruce Willis), a quiet, laid-back veteran of Vietnam suffering from post-traumatic stress.… See more details below

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Norman Jewison directed this subdued character study of the effect of the Vietnam War on a small-town Kentucky family -- based on the novel by Bobbi Ann Mason. The film centers upon 17-year-old Samantha (Emily Lloyd) who lives in Hopewell, Kentucky with her Uncle Emmett (Bruce Willis), a quiet, laid-back veteran of Vietnam suffering from post-traumatic stress. Samantha's father was killed in Vietnam when he was 19-years-old (almost her age now), and her mother Irene (Joan Allen) has remarried. Samantha finds some old photographs of her father, and she becomes obsessed with finding out more about him. Irene, who has moved to Lexington with her second husband, wants Samantha to move in with them and go to college. But Samantha would rather stay with Uncle Emmett and try to find out more about her father. Her mother is no help, as she tells Samantha, "Honey, I married him four weeks before he left for the war. He was 19. I hardly even remember him." Finally Samantha, Emmett and her grandmother (Peggy Rea) go to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. Finding her father's name in the memorial releases cathartic emotions in Samantha and her family.

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Viewers who rent In Country hoping for a war-action film packed with displays of masculinity erecting itself toward bittersweet but impassioned victory may be disappointed. Norman Jewison's 1989 film takes a subtler approach to its subject matter. Rather than depending on present-tense fighting sequences, the Vietnam War in In Country is made present in the damaged minds of its survivors (Bruce Willis) and in young people (Emily Lloyd) who seek an understanding. It is a film about remembrance and about the road people travel toward remembrance, which Jewison posits as one of the first steps toward much-needed resolution. Suitably, the film culminates in a trip to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC. In Country's narrative is bold insofar as it refuses to relax into assumptions made by most war films. By what rights, it asks, and with what implications do we explore the past, glorify it, or make it present again? To this end Willis is smartly cast in a role counterintuitive for an action star: his Uncle Emmet is intended as a portrait of masculinity made impotent. Willis' performance is weakest when he relies on the charm and good looks that are his standard currency; likewise, In Country is weakest when it injects an undue action sequence -- Willis mounting a tree in a severe thunderstorm to bemoan the heavens -- into an otherwise subdued and gently hopeful film.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/1995
UPC:
0085391188834
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video

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Performance Credits
Bruce Willis Emmet Smith
Emily Lloyd Samantha Hughes
Joan Allen Irene
Kevin Anderson Lonnie
John Terry Tom
Judith Ivey Anita
Peggy Rea Mamaw
Ken Jenkins Jim Holly
Jim Beaver Earl Smith
Richard Hamilton Grampaw
Heidi Swedberg Dawn
Jonathan Hogan Larry
Patricia Richardson Cindy
Kim Jones Donna
Howard Feuer Actor
Stephen Tobolowsky Pete
Daniel Jenkins Dwayne
Joe Ross Principal
Rebecca Reynolds Nurse
James E. Gaines Soldier
Mike Smith Veteran at dance
Aaron Michael Lacey Billy Knight

Technical Credits
Norman Jewison Director,Co-producer
Russell Boyd Cinematographer
Cynthia Cidre Screenwriter
Jackson de Govia Production Designer
Howard Feuer Casting
David Forrest Makeup
Antony Gibbs Editor
James Horner Score Composer
John R. Jensen Art Director
Michael Jewison Associate Producer
Ric Kidney Production Manager
Lou Lombardo Editor
Charles B. Mulvehill Executive Producer
Frank Pierson Screenwriter
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard A. Roth Co-producer
Tom Ward Special Effects

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