Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam (1987)

dear america[Writing a letter home] “Darling, believe me, I try not skip a day in writing you. Whether or not I get a letter determines if it’s a good day or not.” – Soldier

Number of Times Seen – 3-5 times  (Cable in the 80’s and 7 Jun 2015)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary that tells the story of what it was like to be in Vietnam during the war told from the perspective of the soldiers themselves via letters that they sent home to family and friends.

My Take on it – I remember that this use to be on HBO quite often in the late 80’s and I watched it more than a few times.

It is a very powerful film because it tells us about the real feelings of the men who fought there in their own words. We also quite often learn of their fate which is sometimes prophetic or just downright eerie.

The letters are read by lots of famous actors and we can recognize many of their voices which gives an even stronger impression of who these men could have been had war not changed them.

The voices reading the letters are accompanied by real video footage of life for these soldiers in Vietnam and in some cases real footage of the letter writer himself.

Bottom Line – Very emotional documentary because not only are we read the words of those courageous men but also we get to know most of their fates. Amazing star studded cast of voices that are quite often recognizable as famous actors. The video footage is also very real which gives it an even stronger impact. Highly recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film won the Special Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance Film Festival in 1988. It was also screened out of competition at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival (From Wikipedia)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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