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1972 (Norway) See more »
Harry Graham is going home after 15 years in prison. His son still wants to see him hang. See more »
After serving a prison term for killing his wife, a man is paroled and returns to his home town. He... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Mitchum ... Harry K. Graham

Brenda Vaccaro ... Jenny Benson

Jan-Michael Vincent ... Jimmy Graham
Jason Bernard ... Jimmy at Age 6

Sally Kirkland ... Ann Graham
Joseph Attles ... Bible Man
Lou Gilbert ... Mr. Katz

Josh Mostel ... Bonelli

David Wilson ... Sailor #1
Glenn Walken ... Sailor #2
Clay Watkins ... Sailor #3
Bruce Kornbluth ... Sailor #4
Tom Spratley ... Guard

Barbara Brownell ... Betsy
Carol Gustafson ... Ella
Lou Criscuolo ... Angry Man
Richard Goode ... Pleasant Man
Vicki Sue Robinson ... Hippie Girl
Lawrence E. Bender ... Pass Clerk
Tim Wallace ... Drunk in Bowling Alley
Jules Sicilia ... Drunk in Bowling Alley
George Mathews ... Malloy
Mary Louise Wilson ... Real Estate Lady
Ann Thomas ... Lady in Nursery

George DiCenzo ... Sergeant
Hope Clarke ... Mother at Prison
William K. Leech ... Portman
Lynn Terry ... Night Club Entertainer
Ben Terry ... Night Club Entertainer
Shari Marcell ... Waitress
Hank Luba ... Friend #1 on the Beach
Edward Steinfeld ... Friend #2 on the Beach
Jack C. Harper ... Friend #3 on the Beach
Ginny Heller ... Friend #4 on the Beach
Paula Swart ... Girl at the Trailer Park
William R. Tebbs ... Mechanic
Carol Wilkerson ... Girl at Prison
Winkie Miller ... Girl at Party
Robert Rinier ... Bowler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Audrey Landers ... Teenage Arby's customer (uncredited)
Parker McCormick ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Herbert B. Leonard 
Writing credits
Lawrence B. Marcus 

Produced by
Nicky Blair .... associate producer
Herbert B. Leonard .... producer
Stanley Neufeld .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bill Walker 
Cinematography by
Fred Jackman Jr.  (as Fred Jackman)
Film Editing by
Sigmund Neufeld Jr. 
Art Direction by
Peter Wooley 
Set Decoration by
Audrey A. Blasdel  (as Audrey Blasdel)
Makeup Department
Hank Edds .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald C. Klune .... assistant director (as Don Klune)
Hawk Koch .... assistant director (as Howard W. Koch Jr.)
Art Department
Allan Gordon .... property master
Sound Department
Robert Post .... sound (as Bob Post)
Hal Watkins .... sound
Special Effects by
Ira Anderson Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Guy C. Verhille .... wardrobe supervisor (as Guy Verhille)
Music Department
Bill Walker .... conductor
George Romanis .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Max Kleven .... action sequence coordinator
Carol Shapiro .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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97 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Iceland:16 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:GP
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Sylvia Miles' role as a hooker was deleted prior to release.See more »
Harry K. Graham:Do you think I've always been a playboy bowler?See more »
Way Back Home In West VirginiaSee more »


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Bizarre But Worth Watching for Mitchum's Performance, 23 June 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Going Home (1971)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This rather bizarre drama features Robert Mitchum playing a man who gets released from prison after thirteen years for killing his wife in cold blood. His now adult son (Jan-Michael Vincent) comes to stay with him in hopes of reconnecting as well as finding out what happened that night. GOING HOME seems to be trying to be one of those dark dramas that were starting to take over the decade. Think FIVE EASY PIECES but in this case the movie was serving as a comeback for star Mitchum who ended his brief retirement for this picture. This is an extremely bizarre film and from what I've read it was one of several pictures that MGM cut and re-arranged so that they could avoid an R-rating. I'm not sure what the complete history is and there are some really strange plot points but the film is still worth seeing for the performance of Mitchum. It's really a shame that the film didn't match the excellent performance because we're given an interesting story but very little is done with it. The thought of a kid witnessing his dad kill his mom and then trying to reconnect with him was something that should have worked but the film never makes too much sense in what it's trying to do. You'd think that we'd have sympathy for the kid but we don't because he's a complete weirdo and a creepy. You'd think we could understand this because of what happened to him as a child but the movie doesn't even try to play that angle and instead he's just shown as a very bad person and especially after a plot twist that happens towards the end. Again, I've read that in the original version this made more sense but by cutting the picture it really does seem that the studio hurt not only the film but whatever they were going for with the character. Again, Mitchum is excellent in his role and you could say it's one of his more memorable performances from the later part of his career. He was quite believable in the role of the father and made you care for the guy and want to see him get his life in order. Brenda Vaccaro is excellent as his girlfriend and she certainly helped carry the film. Vincent is good in his part but I just wonder what else the film had to offer his part. GOING HOME is still worth seeing for the Mitchum performance but there are just so many unanswered questions remaining.

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