This classic HBO documentary features reenactments of actual letters written by soldiers during the Vietnam war. In each case, a famous celebrity voice (Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, Robin Williams, and others) reads the letters to us.]]>
Dear America - Letters Home from Vietnam
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Watching Dear America: Letters Home from VN for the first & only time on Veteran's day in the early 90's on PBS, I have found the utmost respect for all the young US men, women & their families who sacrified so much for that politically unwinnable war. I have watched, read a lot about this war from many different perspectives, but nothing has come close to truthfully provide personal experiences, heartfelt losses, and devastated destructions this war has caused as this documentary movie does.
I wanted to have a chance to watch this movie again for so long. It's so powerful in every sense of its word. It's a CAN'T MISS or a MUST SEE movie for educational & historical purposes/values. I have goose bumps from thinking about the movie now. I just can't wait to watch it again, the DVD is coming in a few days.
(Just thought I owed our "Diggers" their due before I begin!)
Dear America does a good job in giving you the "feel" of the war to the average soldier by seperating the "Americans:" the 19 year old boys who'd largely never been outside the USA from "Foreign policy America" and its "falling dominos" intervention in a 2,000 year of independence (against China, France, the U.S. and then China(1980-83 again), that Sen. Wayne Morse's warned would "lead to the deaths of untold American boys - and for nothing."
The letters home, trace well the shifting mood of these white poor and minorities boys: the kids with no money for the extended college enrolement needed to avoid the draft. We see these kids arc from cheerful youths "mugging" on 8mm home movies to "grunts" haggard beyond their years on TV news footage patrolling in(& to) Dylan's, "Hard Rain."
Others were bitter and confused, "they say we're fighting for something"...."the whole thing stinks, really."
Yet, as another soldier wrote, "even though most men thought the war was being fought incorrectly and we would not win....they went out and risked their lives as if they were defending the continental USA.Read more ›
I've been waiting for a long time for it to come out in an affordable format. I recall trying to purchase it in VHS format close to 10 years ago, but it was $50-$75. By the time the price actually came down DVD's were coming out and I wanted to wait for the cleaner, better format.
If you enjoy pieces about Vietnam, war, history, or documentaries you can't go wrong with this DVD.
I have been VERY disappointed over the past several years that this wasn't released on DVD. The soundtrack has some of the best music of the era. Finally "Letters Home From Vietnam" will be seen and heard in the highest quality possible!
I am a 33-year old American History teacher. Were I not, I would still highly recommend this for those who lived through this era and those of us who were born after the conflict and only have secondhand knowledge of the time.
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Grate DVD for thoses who like to studdy the history of the Vietnam warPublished 1 month ago by NASCAR man 201916
My wife Debbie and I met Bill and Linda Couturie when we lived in San Francisco from the mid 80's till the early 90's, and became friends with them thru, of all things, our dogs,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a must see for anyone born after the Viet Nam war. It is being shown at the Viet Nam Veteran Memorial outside of Angelfire, NM. Very moving...but accurate... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Teacher
This documentary, albeit not a thorough one, is an excellent presentation of the Vietnam War. It's CGI-free. There are no half-baked re-enactments. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mylz
This DVD, though it dates from the late 1980s, has not lost much of its intellectual and emotional appeal. Read morePublished 7 months ago by TR man