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Release Date:
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
Other crew
Max Kleven .... action sequence coordinator
Carol Shapiro .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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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:

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Sylvia Miles' role as a hooker was deleted prior to release.See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Leaving Sleeping Dogs Lie, 28 March 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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