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Dear America - Letters Home from Vietnam

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Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (DVD)

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.

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  • Actors: Tom Berenger, Ellen Burstyn, Willem Dafoe, Robert De Niro, Brian Dennehy
  • Directors: Bill Couturie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ARXF7S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,205 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By J. Fritz on August 30, 2006
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In the mid-nineties, when I was a high school student, my A.P. English teacher showed us clips from this movie as part of a weeks-long unit entitled war. Simply hearing the emotionally-laden words and viewing the clips of these young soldiers moved many of my classmates, not excluding myself, to tears. Almost a decade later, with the feelings and images still in my mind, I came online to order the dvd. The second viewing was as equally moving as the first. The ending is especially potent. An excellent addition to anyone's personal collection of media related to war/Vietnam/war literature.
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Being a 5 years old boy living in Saigon (a peaceful but lively city even in war time) in 1972, I hardly noticed that the country was at war. If not for the facts that my father was an ARVN officer, news war footages on TV everyday, and once in a while seeing tanks & soldiers roaming & patrolling the countrysides, I wouldn't have thought or reminded of how much destructions the VN war brought to Vietnamese/US civilians, soldiers and their families.

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.
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Our great battle in Vietnam was Long Tan, 1968 when 100 hundred Australians and 18, 105mm Australian Kiwi artillery, killed possible 2,500 NVA and VC in a rubber plantation. The battle of Long Tan took place during a tropical downpour deliberately used by the enemy to hamper ANZAC defenses.The battle was so fierce - Australian and Kiwi Artillery rained shells at one per second on a rubber plantation the size of two football fields as advancing NVA AND VC crawled over their own dead three deep. The diggers, a combination of regulars and "Nashos" were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
(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.
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I too am a US History teacher, and I would mirror all said by my fellow educator. If I could share but one film on Vietnam with my students, Dear America: Letters from Vietnam would be the one!

Frank Yusko
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This is an outstanding piece on Vietnam. I recall seeing it when it first aired on HBO and have wanted to get it ever since. I agree completely with the other two reviews and suggest this for anyone looking for an unbiased account of the period. I took a class at the University of Michigan called the History of the Vietnam War and we did not view the movie as part of the class; however, the professor and teaching assistants all agreed that it is one of the best pieces on the war. It will touch you and probably bring a tear to your eye, but it is well worth it.

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.
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"Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam" is an extraordinary video. While it is technically a documentary, it is a very emotional, educational, and interesting account of the whole Vietnam conflict. While I am not some big sap, the end is heartwrenching and never fails to bring tears to my eyes. To me, this video does not set out to make a political statement pro or against the Vietnam War. It just tells the story by the soldiers who fought and for some, died there.

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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