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Format: DVD
Sku: 40722937
UPC: 026359020728
UPC 14: 00026359020728
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Hear The Music Through Their Ears, See The Pain Through Their Eyes, Live The War Through Their Words
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.

"See this movie  Boston Globe
"Superb...Two Thumbs Up!  Siskel & Ebert

Editor's Note
The above stars and others read letters written home by American soldiers stationed in Vietnam. Includes newsreel footage, NBC newscasts, veterans' home movies, and original music from Bruce Springsteen, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Doors, and the Rolling Stones.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format)

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: HBO
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/1/2005
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1988
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 90207
Video UPC UPC: 00026359020728
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bill Couturie - Director
Video Cast Info Brian Dennehy - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Ellen Burstyn - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Martin Sheen - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Michael J. Fox - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Robert De Niro - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Robin Williams - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Tom Berenger - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Willem Dafoe - Voice Of


Emmy (1988)
Video Award Name Bill Couturie, Winner, Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming
Video Award Name Bill Couturie, et. al., Winner, Outstanding Informational Special

Sundance Film Festival (1988)
Video Award Name Bill Couturie, Winner, Special Jury Prize - Documentary

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...[In parts] the effect is devastating....A first-rate job..." 09/16/1988 p.C18

Film Comment
"...Coutourie has fashioned something of an anti-war music video..." 06/01/1988 p.2-6

USA Today
"...This may someday come to be regarded as the definitive Vietnam movie....Moving beyond description..." 02/24/1989 p.3D

Washington Post 10 of 10
There's a purity in the approach these filmmakers have taken, and its effect is to create in us a feeling that we are experiencing these events from the closest possible vantage point. The result is thrilling, powerful. There have been a lot of movies made about Vietnam, some of them good. Now a great one has been made. - Hal Hinson

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
There have been many great movies about Vietnam. This is the one that completes the story. It has no plot except that thousands of young men went to a faraway country and had unspeakable experiences there, and many of them died or were wounded for life in body or soul.

This movie is so powerful precisely because it is so simple. The words are the words of the soldiers themselves, and the images are taken from their own home movies and from TV news footage of the war. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Couturie,Bill
Product attributeLabel:   HBO Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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