Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

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Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
Directed byBill Couturié
Written byBill Couturié
Richard Dewhurst
Produced byBill Couturié
Thomas Bird
Bernard Edelman
StarringTom Berenger
Ellen Burstyn
Sean Penn
Martin Sheen
Robin Williams
Willem Dafoe
Robert Downey Jr.
CinematographyMichael Chin
Edited byStephen Stept
Gary Weimberg
Music byTodd Boekelheide
Distributed byHBO
Corsair Pictures[1]
Release date
  • October 1987 (1987-10)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States

Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam is a 1987 American documentary film inspired by the anthology of the same title, directed by Bill Couturié in 1987. Using real letters written by American soldiers (which can be read in the book along with many more) and archive footage, the film creates a highly personal experience of the Vietnam War. The film won the Special Jury Prize: Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 1988. It was also screened out of competition at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

Roger Ebert commented, "There have been many great movies about Vietnam. This is the one that completes the story."


  1. ^ Gelder, Lawrence Van (1988-07-29). "At the Movies". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam". Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2009-07-31.

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