Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

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For the unrelated Scholastic book series with diaries about Female Fictional Teenage Historical Figures inspired by the CBS TV Series from Hallmark, see Dear America.
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
Directed by Bill Couturié
Produced by Bill Couturié
Thomas Bird
Bernard Edelman
Written by Bill Couturié
Richard Dewhurst
Starring Tom Berenger
Ellen Burstyn
Sean Penn
Martin Sheen
Robin Williams
Willem Dafoe
Robert Downey Jr.
Music by Todd Boekelheide
Cinematography Michael Chin
Edited by Stephen Stept
Gary Weimberg
Distributed by Corsair Pictures
Release dates
  • October 1987 (1987-10)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam is an American 1987 documentary, inspired by the anthology of the same title, directed by Bill Couturié. Using real letters written by US 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 Sundance Film Festival in 1988. It was also screened out of competition at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

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


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam". Retrieved 2009-07-31. 

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