Be Good, Smile Pretty
- Extended interviews
- Photo gallery
- Resource guide
- Filmmaker statement
- Crew biographies
Top Customer Reviews
An amazing feat in this documentary is the abundance of film clips that were utilized throughout. Not only was there audio and video of the battle that ended his life in Vietnam but there were also more innocuous moments such as college graduation and anti-war demonstrations attended by her mother. The inclusion of the video resulted in a more powerful documentary than if still photographs were solely relied upon. While the running length of BE GOOD, SMILE PRETTY is short it is packed with an emotional depth and punch that continues to haunt even after the DVD player is switched off. Highly recommended.
When one soldier dies this is the toll taken. A heartbroken mother, an angry widow, a daughter who never knows her dad and soldiers who hold gruesome memories for a lifetime.
This is a very important and emotional film.
The Vietnam War movie WE WERE SOLDIERS showed the initial shock and grief that wives experienced when they received the tragic news of the death of their husbands. This film shows the delayed effects of how that grief and loss can impact family, friends, and other veterans who knew the one who was killed.
One theme that others didn't mention relates directly to the title of the film. The phrase "Be good, smile pretty" came from one of the love letters sent by Lieutenant Droz to his wife when he was in Vietnam. A line like that is so special between two lovers who are separated from each other during a war. Those same words become almost haunting to the wife who struggles with tremendous grief over the loss of her beloved and the lingering bittersweet memories of a love that was so cherished and so suddenly and harshly extinguished.
The story is NOT just about the loss of life during the Vietnam War. It's universal to all human loss during wartime, terrorist killings, and other such traumatic events.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was originally attracted to this when I saw Tracy Droz Tragos interviewed about her newest work on the Dally Show. Read morePublished 18 months ago by D. J. Mullins
This was a very good DVD. I was with these guys a few days before the tragic boat attack happend.Published on April 28, 2011 by Daniel
Others have given the background on this movie so I will not bore you with the same. The story is very moving and the making of it obviously had a great effect on those involved. Read morePublished on May 17, 2010 by R. Howard Courtney
A daughter's search for her father is the subject of this powerful documentary. The loss of one soldier ripples thru time and relationships. Read morePublished on December 7, 2008 by John Bowes