Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

Director: Bill Couturie Cast: Tom Berenger, Ellen Burstyn, J. Kenneth Campbell

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2005
UPC: 0026359020728
Original Release: 1987
Rating: PG
Source: Hbo Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 208

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Berenger Co-narrator
Ellen Burstyn Narrator
J. Kenneth Campbell Voice Only
Richard Chaves Voice Only
Josh Cruze Voice Only
Willem Dafoe Narrator
Robert De Niro Co-narrator
Brian Dennehy Voice Only
Kevin Dillon Narrator
Matt Dillon Narrator
Robert Downey Voice Only
Michael Fox Narrator
Mark Harmon Voice Only
John Heard Voice Only
Harvey Keitel Voice Only
Elizabeth McGovern Voice Only
Judd Nelson Voice Only
Sean Penn Narrator
Randy Quaid Voice Only
Tim Quill Voice Only
Eric Roberts Voice Only
Howard E. Rollins Narrator
John Savage Voice Only
Raphael Sbarge Voice Only
Martin Sheen Narrator
Tucker Smallwood Voice Only
Roger Steffens Voice Only
Kathleen Turner Narrator
Tico Wells Voice Only
Robin Williams Narrator

Technical Credits
Bill Couturie Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Mark Berger Sound Mixer
Todd Boekelheide Score Composer
Michael Chin Cinematographer
Gary Weimberg Editor

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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Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Tchr4u More than 1 year ago
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.
Quiero_Que_Lo_Lea More than 1 year ago
With great music and moving letters, this movie was amazing, and didn't really feel biased like a lot of other documentaries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent movie to get the vietnam story in the words of soldiers who were there. Experince their thoughts, feelings and fears.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!