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Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam

BRIEF PLOT DESCRIPTION

Letters from troops fighting in the Vietnam war are read and dramatized.

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GENERAL FILM INFORMATION

GENRE: Docudrama
ALTERNATE TITLE: Dear America
SOURCE MATERIAL: Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam by Bernard Edelman
STATION: HBO
AIR DATE: September, 1988
RUNNING TIME: 83 Minutes; 1 hour 23 minutes

CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

WRITER: Bill Couturie, Richard Dewhurst
DIRECTOR: Bill Couturie
PRODUCER: Thomas Bird, Bill Couturie
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Bernard Edelman
EDITOR: Stephen Stept, Gary Weimberg
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Michael G. Chin
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Todd Boekelheide
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Dear America, GBA & Home Box Office
DISTRIBUTOR: Corsair Pictures

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CAST :: CHARACTER NAME…ACTOR NAME (VOICE ONLY)

Mrs. Stock…Ellen Burstyn
“Elephant Grass”…Willem Dafoe
“Great Sewer”…Robert DeNiro
Jack…Kevin Dillon
Mike…Matt Dillon
PFC Raymond Griffiths…Michael J. Fox
Johnny Boy…John Heard
Second Lieutenant Donald Jacques…Harvey Keitel
“Me”…Elizabeth McGovern
Corporal Kevin Macaulay…Randy Quaid
Alan…Martin Sheen
First Lt. Lynda Van Devanter…Kathleen Turner
“Baby-San”…Robin Williams
Other Voice Performers
Tom Berenger
J. Kenneth Campbell
Richard Chaves
Josh Cruze
Brian Dennehy
Robert Downey Jr.
Mark Harmon
Fred Hirz
Judd Nelson
Sean Penn
Tim Quill
Eric Roberts
Ray Robertson
Howard Rollins Jr.
John Savage
Raphael Sbarge
Tucker Smallwood
Roger Steffens
Jim Tracy
Tico Wells

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AWARDS

Emmy Awards, 1988

NOMINEE: Bill Couturie
CATEGORY: Outstanding Individual Achievement – Informational Programming
RESULT: Won

NOMINEE: Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam
CATEGORY: Outstanding Informational Special
RESULT: Won

International Documentary Association Awards, 1988

NOMINEE: Bill Couturie
CATEGORY: Best Director
RESULT: Won

Sundance Film Festival, 1988

NOMINEE: Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam
CATEGORY: Special Jury Prize – Documentary
RESULT: Won

NOMINEE: Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam
CATEGORY: Grand Jury Prize
RESULT: Nominated

Television Critics Association Awards, 1988

NOMINEE: Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam
CATEGORY: Outstanding Achievement in a Movie, Mini-series or Special
RESULT: Won

NOMINEE: Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam
CATEGORY: Program of the Year
RESULT: Won

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SOUNDTRACK :: SONG TITLE…COMPOSER/LYRICIST…PERFORMER

Gimme Shelter…Mick Jagger and Keith Richards…The Rolling Stones
A Change is Gonna Come…Sam Cooke…Sam Cooke
No Expectations…Mick Jagger and Keith Richards…The Rolling Stones
Silent Night…Traditional…London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Edmund Walters
I Shall Be Released…Bob Dylan…The Band
Born in the USA…Bruce Springsteen…Bruce Springsteen
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall…Bob Dylan…Bob Dylan
Family Affair…Sylvester Stewart…Sly and the Family Stone
Fortunate Son…John Fogerty…Creedance Clearwater Revival
Walk Like a Man…Bob Crew and Bob Gaudio…The Four Seasons
Going to a Go-Go…Bobby Rogers, Smokey Robinson, Warren Moore and Marvin Tarplin…Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
What’s Goin’ On…Renaldo Benson, Marvin Gaye and Alfred Cleveland…Marvin Gaye
Blue Christmas…Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson…Elvis Presley
Wipe-Out…The Safaris…The Safaris
Back on the USA…Chuck Berry…MC5
Are You Experienced?…Jimi Hendrix…Jimi Hendrix
The Beat Goes On…Sonny Bono…Sonny and Cher
Eighteen…Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Neal Smith and Dennis Dunaway…Alice Cooper
Five to One…Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger…The Doors
For What It’s Worth…Stephen Stills…Buffalo Springfield
Once I Was…Larry Beckett and Tim Buckley…Tim Buckley
Under the Boardwalk…Arthur Resnick and Kenny Young…The Drifters
Singed D.C….Arthur Lee…Love
Grace…Country Jo McDonald…Country Joe and the Fish

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EXTRAS

Trivia

This film was released theatrically in France on November 30, 1988

Entertainment References (link to IMDB)