In Country

Synopsis: Samantha Hughes, a teenaged Kentucky girl, never knew her father, who died in Vietnam before her birth. Samantha lives with her uncle Emmett, who also served in Vietnam. Emmett hangs around with Tom, Earl, and Pete, three other Vietnam vets who, like Emmett, all have problems of one kind or another that relate to their war experiences. Sam, as Samantha is known, becomes obsessed with finding out about her father and his experiences, but Emmett and the other vets don't want to talk about the war. Sam pushes everyone to attend a dance honoring the town's veterans, but Pete and Earl get into a fight, Emmett disappears, and Tom takes Sam home for an unsuccessful tryst. When Sam reads her father's diary, she begins to understand what his life and death meant, and she and Emmett, with a trip to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, come at least temporarily to terms with the war in their lives.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Norman Jewison
Production: Warner Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

Left, Left, two, three, four.



Left face!

Ground your gear.

Gentlemen you depart today

to fight the forces of Godless communism

You men have been chosen to be the leaders

in the fight that will never be forgotten.

You are chosen. Chosen because you are the best.

Because you are the meanest.

Because you are the hardest, fastest, toughest

sons of b*tches in the world.

And the Viet-Kong is going to learn to respect you

or he's going to die.

You are going to make him die

until he gives you that respect.

The Viet-Kong is never going to forget you.

America is never going to forget you.

God bless you.

I love you.

America loves you.

You are the best.

You are the chosen.

Good luck and go with God.

Where the f*** are we?

Blue Velvet, Blue Velvet this is night cross.

Cold LZ. Request medic.

Coordinates nine, five, six...

Take cover!

Let's get the f*** out of here.

It's going to take courage.

Courage to face the legions of Godless Communism

Wherever they may be.

America used to be God's light on this Earth.

America was the world's good samaritan .

And there was no place on the globe / i

that American couldn't walk tall

proud, respected, and safe.

But along the way

our world has fallen.

and our dreams have vanished.

And we forgot our place in God's plans

for America.

Things need to be changed.

Changed for the better.

And it's up to you,

the youth of America.

I congratulate you on the achievement

of graduation from high school.

May God bless every one of you,

because you are the future of America.

Congratulations to Hopewell High's class of 1989.

Good luck.

and may y'all find your heart's desires.

Sam? Sam!

-Mom, was that wonderful?


Are you proud of me?


Oh my.

Hold on honey.

Let me get a shot of this grown up woman here.

Alright now say cheese.


For God's sake,

I hate to say cheese!

Come here pumpkin.

-Larry take her for a minute.

You looked cute as a bug up there.

I'm so proud of you.

Oh, Sam, I wished your Daddy's been here to see you.


I think he was Grandma.

I felt his eyes on me.


You need some fattening up.

You too.

Hi, how are you?

-Congratulations, Lonnie.

Are you going Murray in the fall?

No, no.

My brother's the college boy of the family


I'm just glad to be done with high school.

Everyone's going to meet at the lake.

Okay. Come pick me up.


Sam, is that the boy that won the game

over Libertyville with all those jump shots?

Uh ha that's Lonnie Malone alright.

That would be Royce Bob Malone's grandson.

That's him.

His mom's a Crittenden.

See y'all at the lake.

Alright okay, I'll come meet you guys there.

OK everybody family group.

Oh you don't want me in there.

Well now Irene declared everybody.

Now nobody's not everybody

without you Mrs. Hughes.

Okay, come on. Donna let's see

George's little face.

Nobody's paying for his back.

I wish you'd come live with us.

I don't like to see you stuck down here with Emmett.

Oh I can't just pickup and walk away.

I put up with Emmett for thirteen years.

I think deserve a little bit of happiness now.

so don't talk to me in that tone.

-Everyone ready?

Come on, Larry.

One... two... everybody say...

... You're too tacky.


Stop! Wait!

We forgot Emmett. Emmett!

Come on Uncle Emmett. Come get your picture took.

This is history.

I'm not ready for history.

You look real good.

Oh she's on me again.

Why does she have to do that?

She ruins everything.

She's your Mom.

She's just doing her job.

You feel smart?

I fee like I could fly! Come on!

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Frank Pierson

Frank Romer Pierson (May 12, 1925 – July 22, 2012) was an American screenwriter and film director. more…

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