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An American Story (1992)

World War II has ended and many soldiers return to their houses and families. But three of them find themselves with big problems when they arrive at their home village.

Director:

John Gray

Writers:

Lemuel Pitkin (story), Paul Donald Snowe (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Johnson ... George Meade
Kathleen Quinlan ... Hope Tyler
Tom Sizemore ... Jesse Meadows
Josef Sommer ... Henry Meade
G.W. Bailey ... Tom Cantrell
Patricia Clarkson ... Barbara Meade
Lisa Blount ... Becky Meadows
David Labiosa ... Juan Medina
John M. Jackson ... Sheriff McMillan
Sean Hennigan Sean Hennigan ... Billy Wheeler
Brad Leland ... Andy Buckley
Titus Welliver ... Jack Austin
Shawn Toovey Shawn Toovey ... Sam Meadows
Miraida Rios Miraida Rios ... Maria Medina
Jerry Haynes ... Dr. Jenkins
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World War II has ended and many soldiers return to their houses and families. But three of them find themselves with big problems when they arrive at their home village. Written by Volker Boehm

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A story of honor lost, courage found... and heroes born.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: An American Story (#42.1) See more »

Filming Locations:

McKinney, Texas, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Interesting plot, but sappily rendered
5 February 2003 | by LeofishSee all my reviews

Rented this Hallmark movie a while back, was intrigued by the plot. The story is about a group of American soldiers who saw heavy combat in Europe during World War II returning to their small Texas town in 1945. They then realize that a corrupt administration has taken over the city and that the mayor and other on-the-take officials are lining their pockets with war contracts and otherwise robbing those who served the country. It's true enough, for it was a legitimate post-war problem and returning vets did demand many changes from civil rights to reform government, but this film has too much banality to really make it work, from predictability involving the big climax to a sappy homecoming dialogue with a war widow. ("He said he was cold...and he loved you.") However there were some things to like, such as the mayor coming across not as a snarling villain but more of an overly friendly, ultra-politically minded good ol' boy who knows how to make the town run. There is also a nice montage with a homecoming parade set to the Pied Pipers song "Dream" which is one of the most bittersweet songs of World War II. So I give it about 6 stars. You may like it.


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