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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Munson
Sgt. Dink Mobley
Mary Gregory ...
Martha Vickery
Kathleen Miller ...
Kathy Delise
Beeson Carroll ...
Capt. Earl Delise
Willie Tyler ...
Louis Carello ...
Bozo (as Lou Carello)
Pee Wee
Nurse Degroot
Dr. Lincoln


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!


Drama | Romance | War


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Release Date:

15 February 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le retour  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Hal Ashby: a passenger in a convertible sports car passing the one Jane Fonda is driving. He flashes the peace sign at her just as he passes. See more »


Bruce Dern plays a Marine Captain. Even in the late 1960s early 70s he wouldn't have had hair and a mustache that long. See more »


Sally Hyde: Hi.
Luke Martin: [Hands Sally a letter] It's from Bob. I opened it. He's coming home.
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Four members of the film crew are designated as "Friends who did everything". See more »


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Call on Me
Written by Sam Andrew (uncredited)
Performed by Big Brother and the Holding Company (as Big Brother & The Holding Company) featuring Janis Joplin
Columbia Records
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An important film.
19 April 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

This film, the `other' 1978 movie about the Vietnam War, `Coming Home' takes a different approach than Michael Cimino's stark, shocking, `The Deer Hunter', which won a Best Picture Oscar.

Cimino used a power approach to deliver his message, drumming the filmgoer with sounds and images. Hal Ashby's `Coming Home' uses a more subdued, character approach to explore the real price of the Vietnam War.

I'm not so sure I'd agree that either Jon Voight (Academy Award-Best Actor) or Jane Fonda (Academy Award-Best Actress) is exemplary (they both won Academy Awards) but I think they are both very good. The bottom line is that this was an important movie, at a critical time, and the subject matter and its presentation really hit home. This is a film that is impossible to ignore, in 1978, or today, no matter what your political or social sensibilities may be. The language, the attitudes of all the characters is open, honest, frank. At the time this film was made, that was indeed breakthrough, for this subject matter, paramount.

An absolute must see.

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