In Country (1989)

NORMAN JEWISON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  

USA, 1989.  Warner Bros., Yorktown Productions.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Norman Jewison, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Golden Globe Awards 1989Toronto International Film Festival 1989.

plays a Kentucky teenager who has grown up in the shadow of the Vietnam war, having lost her father to it and living with a veteran () who still carries emotional scars from the experience. In her effort to find out more about her father, she stirs up more trouble than the rest of her family is willing to take, until finally decidign to just go for it and visit the Washington memorial and go see her long-estranged mother (). The supporting characters all give great performances, but Lloyd’s acting is stiff and obvious, her accent is totally incomprehensible, and the screenplay is rife with bad dialogue. Director Norman Jewison fails completely to bring out any tangible emotional quality out of any of it.

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