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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Bill Munson
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Sgt. Dink Mobley
Mary Gregory ...
Martha Vickery
Kathleen Miller ...
Kathy Delise
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Capt. Earl Delise
Willie Tyler ...
Virgil
Louis Carello ...
Bozo (as Lou Carello)
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Corrine
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Nurse Degroot
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Dr. Lincoln
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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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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Hal Ashby and Haskell Wexler; and two Oscar nominees: Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Four members of the film crew are designated as "Friends who did everything". See more »


Soundtracks

No Expectations
(1968)
Written by Mick Jagger (uncredited) and Keith Richards (uncredited)
Performed by The Rolling Stones (as Rolling Stones)
ABKCO Records Inc.
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Don't make em like before.
24 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Man, I watched this with no idea of what is was about, but I liked the directors other films, I was blown away by this films subtle power. A film like this would not be made today. The 70's was such a great time for film-making. The "risks" that were taken or at least it would be deemed as such in the film climate we are in today. The performances in this film were spectacular, the directing top notch, the pace beautiful and the ending was a punch in the gut to those who want definitive answers. Iloved it. We don't see this nowadays and regretfully probably never will again. At least we can enjoy these masterpieces today and compare to some of the drab nonsense that is produced nowadays. Don't get me wrong there is some great stuff being produced today as well, but you will not see anything as raw and unadulterated as the 70's gem.


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