In Country (1989)



Critic Consensus: With a slow build to a dramatic conclusion, In Country benefits largely from its strong acting, particularly by Emily Lloyd in the lead role.

Movie Info

Bobbie Ann Mason's novel is the source of this Norman Jewison drama about a traumatized Vietnam vet (Bruce Willis) who must take care of his orphaned niece (Emily Lloyd).

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Frank R. Pierson, Cynthia Cidre, Frank Pierson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 27, 1999
Warner Home Video


as Samantha Hughes

as Emmett Smith

as Mamaw

as Anita

as Earl

as Jim Holly

as Donna

as Principal

as Billy Knight

as Veteran at dance
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Critic Reviews for In Country

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (11)

There's a decency about this movie that's almost palpable. It's not trying to pump us up with false jingoism or the sins of the past. Jewison, a Canadian, probably approaches the entire subject with a mediatory mood.

Full Review… | May 7, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

In essence, In Country is a well-turned variation on the quest to find a father that shows up in the folk tales of almost any culture.

Full Review… | May 7, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The scene at the memorial is one of the film's best, but director Jewison fails to find in it anything close to the level of emotional force that the same scene in Mason's book has.

Full Review… | May 7, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
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This is no tribute to the war dead, but an unthinking betrayal of them -- they've been drafted again, this time to supply a climax to a second-rate tearjerker.

Full Review… | May 7, 2013
Chicago Tribune
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Sounds like your basic TV movie, sunk by noble intentions. But here well meaning translates into well done.

Full Review… | September 16, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Norman Jewison usually is a commanding storyteller, but In Country is a film with two stories that fail to add up to something greater.

Full Review… | September 16, 2009
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Audience Reviews for In Country

Bruce Willis got the horros of the after shock of this war down to a tee.I should know i have uncels who have been there and back.

Doris Sisler

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