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Coming Home (1978)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  15 February 1978 (USA)
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A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there.

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Sally Bender is the wife of a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. He is sent over to Vietnam, and Sally is alone. With nothing else to do, she decides to volunteer at a local veteran's hospital, where she meets Luke, who went to high school with Sally. Luke was wounded and is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. When Sally begins to fall in love with Luke, she has to make a crucial decision about her life. Written by Anonymous

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A man who believed in war! A man who believed in nothing! And a woman who believed in both of them!

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Drama | Romance | War

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15 February 1978 (USA)  »

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Le retour  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Marine Recruiter: The Marine Corps builds body, mind and spirit. Thank you.
High School Class Pres.: And now, with a different perspective, we have Luke Martin, combat veteran of the Marine Corps.
Luke Martin: Sergeant, do you mind if I ask you a question?
Marine Recruiter: No, sir.
Luke Martin: Just call me Sergeant. That's what I was. Where were you stationed?
Marine Recruiter: Danang.
Luke Martin: [Luke's speech is spliced with final scene of Capt. Bob Hyde where he is at the beach] You know, you want to be a part of it, patriotic, go out and get your licks in for the U.S. of A. And when you get over there, ...
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Save Me
(1967)
Written by King Curtis (uncredited), Aretha Franklin (uncredited), Carolyn Franklin (uncredited)
Performed by Aretha Franklin
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"You can't come back...and think you are still there"
27 May 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Director Hal Ashby's amazing sense of time and place puts us right on the homefront of war, and "Coming Home" is arguably the best movie about war since "From Here To Eternity". When Jane Fonda, newly conscious of the problems facing the wounded men returning from Vietnam to the States, tries involving her Women's Club in a story and they rebuff her, she doesn't bellow or preach--she does what we all would do, she gets mad and cusses 'em out. Her (extra-marital) relationship with paraplegic Jon Voight is tender enough to steer the movie's narrative away from the horrors of the era; Ashby, perhaps unintentionally, softens the scenario, making these lovers guiltless and a bit saintly. However, I loved it when Voight asks Fonda if she'll always be his friend (and makes her repeat it just to be sure) and working-girl Penelope Milford's friendship with the two is wonderfully realized. An evocative piece with a terrific soundtrack, amazing cinematography, and very fine performances (though Bruce Dern is one-note). ***1/2 out of ****


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