Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987)



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This gripping documentary of the Vietnam War begins with the Kennedy administration and extends through the return of the first MIAs in the mid 1970s. Stark and disturbing newsreel footage is combined with letters written by soldiers to loved ones at home and the music of the times. The servicemen have also provide their own amateur films of their experiences in addition to the footage from the NBC news vaults. The war hits home with the deaths of four Kent State students at the hands of the Ohio National Guard. Dozens of popular Hollywood actors lend their voices as they read the letters sent home written by many who would never live through the terrible ordeal.
Documentary , Special Interest , Television
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HBO Films


Critic Reviews for Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

An intensely moving and disturbing experience.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Couturie, the director, and his associates have done a first-rate job.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

What Couturie and his researchers have done is amazing.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The first film about Vietnam to come to us free of bias, free of rhetoric.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The missives get you where you live.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The structure of this Vietnam War docu is not particularly interesting, but the contents are.

Full Review… | June 30, 2011

Audience Reviews for Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

Very good of the best Vietnam pieces ever...the style was original and it WORKED... Sad how this whole thing ended up...58,000+ KIA...many of the letter writers did not return home...

Shawn Miller
Shawn Miller

In talking to a bunch of Vietnam Vets over the years (neighbors, teachers, relatives, etc.), I found that every "VIETNAM EXPERIENCE" is radically different from one another--there is no BEST movie because it seems like every soldier has such a varied experience . . . DEAR AMERICA, LETTERS HOME FROM VIETNAM comes to mind as the best "VIETNAM EXPERIENCE MOVIE"

Gordon Terry
Gordon Terry

Fascinating portrait of Vietnam, featuring only footage shot by the soldiers themselves along with news footage, as well the words of the soldiers from the letters they sent home. Harrowing.

Andy Kaiser
Andy Kaiser

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