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Going Home (1971)

GP | | Drama | 1972 (Norway)
Nineteen year old Jimmy Graham has grown up to be an angry young man based on his experiences, including not having either his mother or father in his life as he was growing up. When he was... See full summary »

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Jenny Benson
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Jimmy Graham
Jason Bernard ...
Jimmy - Age 6
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Ann Graham
Joseph Attles ...
Bible Man
Lou Gilbert ...
Mr. Katz
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Bruce Kornbluth ...
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Tom Spratley ...
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Barbara Brownell ...
Betsy
Carol Gustafson ...
Ella
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Nineteen year old Jimmy Graham has grown up to be an angry young man based on his experiences, including not having either his mother or father in his life as he was growing up. When he was six, Jimmy saw his mother, Ann Graham, die before his eyes, she killed by his father Harry Graham in a drunken rage. Jimmy's testimony helped put his father away. Jimmy's anger often manifests itself in passive-aggressive behavior. When Jimmy is rejected from joining the military due to medical reasons, he, at a loss, decides to search out Harry, who he knows has now been paroled. He finds Harry living in a trailer park in a community close to their old Pennsylvania home. Harry is also in a relationship with a woman named Jenny Benson, who also lives in the trailer park in a Winnebago. Jenny knows all about Harry's past. While Harry wants to be whatever Jimmy wants him to be in his life, Jimmy exhibits that passive-aggressiveness toward Harry, being generally cordial to him to his face while doing ... Written by Huggo

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Harry Graham is going home after 15 years in prison. His son is still waiting for revenge! See more »

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Sylvia Miles' role as a hooker was deleted prior to release. See more »

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Although George DiCenzo is credited onscreen as "Sergeant," he actually plays one of the drunken sailors. See more »

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Harry K. Graham: Do you think I've always been a playboy bowler?
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Way Back Home In West Virginia
Music and Lyrics by Bill Walker
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Leaving Sleeping Dogs Lie
28 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

After Ryan's Daughter Robert Mitchum retired from the screen and found he was bored with retirement and with writers sending him scripts as they always do, he picked Going Home as a comeback vehicle. I don't think Mitchum was gone even a year so it wasn't like he was missed.

What could have been a classic settles into the ordinary as Mitchum plays a father just released on parole from prison. What he did back in the day was kill his wife in a drunken rage. It was a manslaughter count that he would have plead guilty to. But also his young son witnessed his father do the deed.

The kid grows up to be Jan-Michael Vincent who started his career playing sensitive youths. Vincent of course is barely concealing his anger and he takes it out on Mitchum in a not too subtle way.

With that murderous act creating a gulf between them there was no hope of reconciliation and both would have been better off to have left sleeping dogs lie.

The third person in the mix here is Brenda Vaccaro who was coming off a great performance in Midnight Cowboy. She plays Mitchum's girlfriend and her in the picture isn't guaranteeing anything but sexual tension all around.

Going Home is an interesting film, but just doesn't quite get its message across. All these people had some great work ahead, Mitchum and Vincent would be together in The Winds Of War which is far superior to Going Home and they would be father and son again.


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