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War Letters

5 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Based on newly discovered personal correspondence from the "Revolutionary War to the Gulf War, War Letters" brings to life vivid eyewitness accounts of famous battles, intimate declarations of love and longing, poignant letters penned just before the sender was killed and heartbreaking "Dear John" letters from home. The program was inspired by "War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence From American Wars," edited by Andrew Carroll.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Gerald McRaney, David Hyde Pierce, Joan Allen, Bill Paxton, Edward Norton
  • Directors: Robert Kenner
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007Y08JC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,882 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "War Letters" on IMDb

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This is 60 minutes that will leave a lump in your throat. It will make you sick to your stomach, feel patriotic, and humbled all at the same time.
In a nutshell, various actors read real letters written during war time. These letters span many years, from many different conflicts... from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, up to the Gulf War... these are letters written from GI's to parents, brothers, wives, and girlfriends back home. More often than not, there is a grim footnote attached to some of the readings about how this or that particular GI died a day or two after writing the letter just read. Shocking. Touching.
The only drawback is that some of the actors (such as Bill Paxton, Eric Stoltz, and Kevin Spacey) are used repeatedly for multiple readings. It would have been nice if each letter received individual treatment. Other than that, this is a class act production.
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As a current NAVY sailor, this movie really hit me. No matter how big or how brave you are, this movie will affect you, leave you pondering, and leave you in aww. Its amazing to hear from letters what the people during battle were thinking and feeling. I reccomend this movie to any person in the military, or just anybody you think would enjoy this..

OOOoooh Rah Navy!!
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By A Customer on November 10, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Actors read real letters against a backdrop of authentic images. That's all, and yet it moved me to tears. At this writing, George Bush II just swept the mid-term elections and American rheoric is moving to a second war against Iraq. I just watched this on public television. I wished I had taped it to send my young teen nephews, as an effective essay against war - all wars. Then I read here a 5-Star opinion from one who comes from another perspective on war, and I realize that for or against the Bush wars, this dvd is very moving. Authentic letters and moving images, nothing more. Minimalism at its most effective. See so for yourself. WARNING: Beware some graphic pictures of the dead. Also, one scene details a soldier smoking opium after a battle where he expected to die. It confirms the anguish.
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The price is very good considering the topic of this video. It represents the families and soldiers that have either fought or are fighting in our wars. It gives us a look at what they must be going through during thier most fearful hours they spend under fire.
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