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In Country
     

In Country

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Director: Norman Jewison

Cast: Bruce Willis, Emily Lloyd, Joan Allen

 

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Bruce Willis delivered a breakthrough dramatic performance in the powerful drama, which has been given a straightforward presentation for its release on DVD. In Country has been given a pan-and-scan transfer to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in English with no multiple-language

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Bruce Willis delivered a breakthrough dramatic performance in the powerful drama, which has been given a straightforward presentation for its release on DVD. In Country has been given a pan-and-scan transfer to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in English with no multiple-language options, though the film is closed captioned in English. No bonus materials have been included on this edition.

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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:
07/27/1999
UPC:
0085391188827
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:00:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene access

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Cast & Crew

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

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Jump To A Scene
1. The Chosen [3:03]
2. Sam's graduation [3:30]
3. Breakfast with the boys (I'm on Fire) [4:05]
4. In a mood (High Rollin') [2:59]
5. White birds [1:38]
6. A secret shoebox [4:20]
7. Letters: "The world's a dream" [5:45]
8. Emmett's climactic event [5:50]
9. Mamaw and Granpaw visit [4:07]
10. "You never knew me." [3:46]
11. Anita's advice (I'm on Fire) [2:58]
12. Emmett's checkup [3:24]
13. "You weren't there" [3:18]
14. The dance (Dedicated to the One I Love, Baby, I Need Your Loving, What the World [4:09]
15. Dancing shoes (Danicng in the Street) [2:41]
16. Heated words ((Waltz me) Once Again Around the Dance Floor) [2:16]
17. A Night with Tom (ain't Misbehavin') [5:40]
18. Returning a gift (Gone but Not Forgotten, It'll Be Easier in the Morning) [4:07]
19. Irene visits [4:20]
20. Mother/daugther talk [3:01]
21. Major purchase-and major heartache [4:35]
22. Memories over a meal [3:46]
23. Night ambush [7:24]
24. Emmett's open wound [5:17]
25. The road to DC [1:39]
26. Sam's decision [2:30]
27. Vietnam Veterns Memorial [3:22]
28. Touching the past [5:24]
29. Almost there; End Credits [6:10]

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In Country 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't think I would say that Bruce Willis was a good actor, but my ideology surrounding Willis changed. He was great in this character study of Vietnam veterans. Marvelous job!