Children Of An Lac

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  • NR
  • 1980
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 6.9  (106)

Children Of An Lac is a gripping 1980 movie that tells the true story of a group of women and children who escape the horrors of the Vietnam War by finding safety in the Catholic Mission of An Lac, which is located in a small town in Vietnam. The movie is set in the year 1975, when the war in Vietnam was drawing to a gruesome end. The hopelessness of the situation is reflected in the opening scene of the movie, as a group of Vietnamese children sing a haunting song that speaks of their struggles and the atrocities they have faced.

As the story unfolds, we meet Shirley Jones, who plays Joan Williams, a dedicated American Red Cross worker. Joan is stationed in An Lac and she is tasked with helping the local people during this traumatic time in their history. Ina Balin plays Sister Gabrielle St. John, one of the Catholic nuns who run the mission in An Lac.

Despite their initial differences, Joan and Sister Gabrielle form a strong bond as they work together to help the women and children who seek refuge at the mission. They soon realize that the situation is dire, as the North Vietnamese Army has invaded An Lac, and the local people are in danger of being massacred.

The movie offers an accurate and moving portrayal of the struggle that the women and children faced, as they attempt to escape the dangers of the war. They are constantly in fear for their lives, and the tension is palpable throughout the movie.

One of the most impressive aspects of Children Of An Lac is the strength of the performances of the actors. Shirley Jones and Ina Balin are both exceptional in their roles, delivering powerful and emotional performances that convey the feelings of despair, hopelessness, and fear that the women and children face.

Beulah Quo also gives a notable performance as Mrs. Louie, a local Vietnamese woman who helps the Americans, and becomes an interpreter between the American Red Cross and the sisters who run the mission. Her character provides an important perspective on the human cost of the war, especially for those who are caught in the middle.

While the movie deals with a bleak subject matter, it is not without hope. The women and children in An Lac are able to forge a community of support, despite their differences in culture and language. They find strength in each other, and this ultimately allows them to survive and move forward.

Overall, Children Of An Lac is a powerful and moving movie that offers an important insight into the human impact of the Vietnam War. The story is both heartbreaking and uplifting, and it is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. The performances by the actors are excellent, and the direction and cinematography are both top notch. This movie is not to be missed for anyone interested in history, social justice, and human empathy.

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    1 hr 40 min
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (106)