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Coming Home (1978)

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 Jwelch5742

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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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Buffalo Ghosts  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$32,653,905
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Sylvester Stallone, Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino declined the role that went to Jon Voight 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

Vi Munson: So, Bob, tell us about your foot.
Capt. Bob Hyde: Its not my foot, it's my leg and it's a god damn bore. Just like this whole f*ckin' war is boring. But, ladies, ha-ha, ole Bob has got to tell you one thing that is not boring and that is a good ole U.S. of A. martini! Of which, I am going to partake, as much as I can and as quick as I can.
Vi Munson: Drink it up. I made gallons.
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Four members of the film crew are designated as "Friends who did everything". See more »

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Referenced in Night Court: Walk Away, Renee (1985) See more »

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Call on Me
(1966)
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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Probably the 2nd best Vietnam War movie behind "Apocalypse Now" (and certainly Hal Ashby's best movie ever).
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"Coming Home" was the first Vietnam War movie that dealt with the soldiers' plight sympathetically. Sally Hyde (Jane Fonda) is volunteering at the Veterans' Hospital in Los Angeles while her husband Bob (Bruce Dern) serves in Vietnam. In the process of working in the hospital, Sally sees how the hospital is unprepared to treat the people who are coming back from the war. When paraplegic veteran Luke Martin (Jon Voight) demands better treatment, rather than listen to him, they tranquilize him so that they won't have to deal with him. Over time, Sally and Luke fall in love. When Bob returns from Vietnam, he is completely damaged emotionally. The final scene shows the overall state of the world as a result of the Vietnam War.

Whenever I hear the Rolling Stones' song "Out of Time", it reminds me of "Coming Home". One thing that you get to see in the movie is how, when Sally and Bob are having sex, she is clearly not enjoying it; when Sally and Luke are having sex, she clearly is enjoying it. Fonda and Voight won well-deserved Oscars for their roles, and if you ask me, the movie should have won Best Picture. A solid masterpiece.


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