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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Munson
Sgt. Dink Mobley
Mary Gregory ...
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 U.S. 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!


Drama | Romance | War


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Release Date:

15 February 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buffalo Ghosts  »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The role of Luke Martin was originally offered to Sylvester Stallone. 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 »


Prostitute: Hi.
Luke Martin: Where's Adrian?
Prostitute: Couldn't make it. She asked me to take her place.
Luke Martin: I was kinda counting on Adrian.
Prostitute: I've been around this part of the pool before.
Luke Martin: With a gimp?
Prostitute: Yeah. A guy in Reno.
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Four members of the film crew are designated as "Friends who did everything". See more »


Manic Depression
Written by Jimi Hendrix (uncredited)
Performed by Jimi Hendrix
Warner Bros. Records
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A thought-provoking sensitive movie with poignant moments…
5 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

Hal Ashby's film shares many of the characteristics of the other big Vietnam film of 1978, "The Deer Hunter." Both are passionate and essentially incoherent in their view of the war… As Ashby and screenplay writers see it, most American soldiers who experienced the war came back mentally and/or physically ravaged…

An introductory pool table conversation among several disabled vets establishes the ground rules… Anyone who defends the war for any reason is wrong… Cut to enthusiastic Marine Capt. Bob Hyde (Bruce Dern) and his naive wife Sally (Jane Fonda) in the Officer's Club…

It is 1968…

A military campaign conducted by forces of the Viet Cong has just started and Capt. Hyde is looking forward to his tour of duty in Vietnam... As a dedicated military officer, he sees it primarily as an opportunity for progress… As soon as he leaves, Sally is forced to find housing off the base and moves into a new apartment by the beach with another Marine wife—the bohemian Vi Munson (Penelope Milford), whose traumatized brother Bill (Robert Carradine) is a patient at the local Veteran's Hospital…

Physically, Bill is fine, but "they sent him back without an ignition," Vi says… Lonely and looking for something to do, Sally volunteers at the hospital and runs across embittered cripple Luke Martin (Jon Voight). They soon discover that they went to the same high school, where he was the star quarterback and she was a cheerleader…

Now, paralyzed from the waist down Luke is subject to furious, self-pitying rages, understandable but still unpleasant and offensive… Sally externalizes his troubles, his scars, and his frustrations…And through Luke's eyes, Sally's absolute outlook on life starts to change… They soon become fairly close turning their friendship into a torrid affair… At the same time, Sally's husband was away discovering the horrors of the war…

There was a particular chemistry between Fonda and Voight which gave the film a certain magic…

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