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by jim brill on 2/22/2007

as real as it gets. terribly sad, joyful, poetic and real life. if any nam vet knows, i do. i'm 56 years old and this story and movie is one of the best i've ever seen. from the heart. like i said. as real to life as it gets. will buy! seen twice. finally a movie worth going to see and perhaps put in our childrens history books. thank you.

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This tells the emotional story of a young boy (half vietnamese, half american) who leaves his mother, his native land and all that he knows as he stows away on a boat headed for america. The emotional journey will not only lead him to his father but to a new life in a brand new world.


Studio Sony
SKU 202002910
UPC 043396108653
UPC 14 00043396108653
Format DVD
Release Date 5/1/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Nolte,Nick
Link Search Link
Name Hans Peter Moland
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Cast & Crew
Bai Ling - Actor
Damien Nguyen - Actor
Hans Petter Moland - Director
Karl Juliusson - Production Designer
Nick Nolte - Actor
Peter Borgli, et. al. - Producer
Sabina Murray - Screenplay
Sabina Murray, et. al. - Story By
Sam Nazarian, et. al. - Executive Producer
Stuart Dryburgh - Cinematographer
Tim Roth - Actor
Wibecke Ronseth - Editor
Zbigniew Preisner - Original Music By
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review Still, it is hard not to admire the independence and ambition of The Beautiful Country, even if the film does fall short of its epic intentions. Its best parts are not the overwrought, underwritten scenes in which Binh and Ling pour out their hearts in English that is meant to be all the more poetic for missing articles and auxiliary verbs, but rather those quieter moments that light upon odd, telling details. In their cargo hold, for example, the migrants pass the time by conducting a tournament, complete with side bets, in which contestants compete to see who can rattle off more brand names, sports teams and other useful bits of contemporary American commercial jargon.
Reviewer A.O. Scott
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review The abuse Binh suffers at home, and his determination to find his father in America in the face of many obstacles, are the subjects of this quiet, moving and beautifully shot drama by the Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland. Binh is a living legacy of America's involvement in Vietnam, and suffers as such. But Moland's outlook is compassionate, and his main character is, first and always, a human being.
Reviewer Walter Addiego
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Nolte,Nick
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Stephen Farber, Movieline An engrossing, ravishing epic.

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