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Films: In Country & Vietnam Vets Moving Wall

Posted on: July 27, 2009

Library movie spotlights Vietnam War Memorial

Recent high school grad Samantha Hughes jogs along the roads of her Kentucky town listening to Bruce Springsteen singing that he’s on fire.  She has something burning inside too.  Life beckons her and yet the past holds a tight grip.  She keeps thinking about her father.  He was killed in action in the Vietnam War right before she was born.
The Murphy Library is showing In Country Thursday at 6 p.m. to spotlight the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall coming to Murphy in October.  Based on Bobbie Ann Mason’s book of the same name, In Country stars Emily Lloyd, Bruce Willis and Joan Allen.  It is rated R and runs 120 minutes.
Samantha’s mother had remarried while her daughter was in high school. She moved with her new husband to a nearby town.  But Sam insisted on staying with her Uncle Emmett (Bruce Willis).  He also fought in Vietnam.  Although he made it back he has never been the same.  No one knows what to call it, all they know is that he and his vet buddies are hurting.
Director Norman Jewison has been telling stories for a long time.  Fiddler on the Roof, In the Heat of the Night, A Soldier’s Story and Moonstruck are some of his Oscar-nominated films.
And Bruce Springsteen isn’t the only one crooning in the background of this film.  Old friends like Dwight Yoakam, the Mamas and the Papas, and the Four Tops hit their high notes.  Then Hank Williams Jr. offers his unforgettable bass in “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”
In Country was filmed in Lexington, Mayfield and Paducah, Kentucky.  Then the cast traveled to the holiest of places: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Call 837-2417 for details and don’t forget to help out the vets bringing the Moving Wall to Murphy.

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