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15 February 1978 (USA) See more »
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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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A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jane Fonda ... Sally Hyde

Jon Voight ... Luke Martin

Bruce Dern ... Capt. Bob Hyde

Penelope Milford ... Vi Munson

Robert Carradine ... Bill Munson

Robert Ginty ... Sgt. Dink Mobley
Mary Gregory ... Martha Vickery
Kathleen Miller ... Kathy Delise
Beeson Carroll ... Capt. Earl Delise
Willie Tyler ... Virgil
Louis Carello ... Bozo (as Lou Carello)

Charles Cyphers ... Pee Wee

Olivia Cole ... Corrine

Tresa Hughes ... Nurse Degroot

Bruce French ... Dr. Lincoln
Mary Jackson ... Fleta Wilson
Tim Pelt ... Jason

Richard Lawson ... Pat
Rita Taggart ... Johnson
Claudie Watson ... Bridges
Sally Frei ... Connie
Tony Santoro ... Porsche Salesman
Pat Corley ... Harris

Gwen Van Dam ... Mrs. Harris
Jim Klein ... Willie Malone
Tokyo Ernie ... Tokyo Ernie
Raul Bayardo ... Mechanic in Wheelchair
Stacey Pickren ... Sophie
James Kindelon ... Marine at Gate
Joey Faustine ... Marine at Gate
Arthur Rosenberg ... Bruce

David Clennon ... Tim
Kimberly Binion ... Waitress Go-Go
Kirk Raymond ... Surveillance Man
Bill Hale ... Surveillance Man
Danny Tucker ... Monty

Ned Van Zandt ... Marine at Party
Dennis Rucker ... Marine at Party

Jonathan Banks ... Marine at Party
James G. Richardson ... Marine at Party (as James Richardson)
Gary Downey ... Intelligence Officer
George Roberts ... FBI Agent
Bob Ott ... FBI Agent
Gary Lee Davis ... Marine Recruiter

Marc McClure ... High School Class Pres.
Ron Amador ... Himself - At Hospital
Kenneth Augustine ... Himself - At Hospital (as Ken Augustine)
Cornelius Austin ... Himself - At Hospital
Rick Blanchard ... Himself - At Hospital
John J. Britt ... Himself - At Hospital
James Lane ... Himself - At Hospital
Robert Murdock ... Himself - At Hospital
Fredrico Orange ... Himself - At Hospital
Edward Ramirez ... Himself - At Hospital
Robert Soto ... Himself - At Hospital
Chris Sweeden ... Himself - At Hospital
Curtis Waddy ... Himself - At Hospital
James Williams ... Himself - At Hospital
Robert Abatiell ... Himself - At Hospital
Karn Alecksen ... Himself - At Hospital
Blane Baker ... Himself - At Hospital
Albert Arena ... Himself - At Hospital
Don Boswell ... Himself - At Hospital
James Bennett ... Himself - At Hospital
Reynard Brooks ... Himself - At Hospital
Philip Brasile ... Himself - At Hospital
Joe Burghadt ... Himself - At Hospital
Jon Brown ... Himself - At Hospital
Bridget Chancelor ... Herself - At Hospital
Albert Campos ... Himself - At Hospital
John Crosson ... Himself - At Hospital
Glen Christopher ... Himself - At Hospital
Mary Elders ... Herself - At Hospital
Romeo Cuellar ... Himself - At Hospital
Mike Flippin ... Himself - At Hospital
Everett Erickson ... Himself - At Hospital
Bernie Folker ... Himself - At Hospital
Adolf Flores ... Himself - At Hospital
Robert Garrett ... Himself - At Hospital
Wil Friedman ... Himself - At Hospital
Richard Gilbert ... Himself - At Hospital
Reginald Gibson ... Himself - At Hospital
Gilbert Gunderson ... Himself - At Hospital
Jim Gleason ... Himself - At Hospital
Gary Lee Harris ... Himself - At Hospital
John Hagelberg ... Himself - At Hospital
Terry Jennings ... Himself - At Hospital
Butch Hubbard ... Himself - At Hospital
David Kiley ... Himself - At Hospital
William Johnson ... Himself - At Hospital
Kevin Lewis ... Himself - At Hospital
Robert Kretschmann ... Himself - At Hospital
Gordon Lewis ... Himself - At Hospital
Robert Leslie ... Himself - At Hospital
Richard Lubin ... Himself - At Hospital
Dennis Link ... Himself - At Hospital
Robert McGee ... Himself - At Hospital
Jeff Lucas ... Himself - At Hospital
Louis Mares ... Himself - At Hospital
Richard Malone ... Himself - At Hospital
Marc Mikialian ... Himself - At Hospital
Frank Martin ... Himself - At Hospital
Susan Mirch ... Herself - At Hospital
Jeff Minnebraker ... Himself - At Hospital
Greg Najera ... Himself - At Hospital
Morris Moorhead ... Himself - At Hospital
Jerry Newman Sr. ... Himself - At Hospital
John Craig Nelson ... Himself - At Hospital
Brad Parks ... Himself - At Hospital
Michael Palacios ... Himself - At Hospital
Butch Rader ... Himself - At Hospital
Brad Pickle ... Himself - At Hospital
Richard Rodriguez ... Himself - At Hospital
Robert Darrell Ray ... Himself - At Hospital
Steven Scott ... Himself - At Hospital
Albert Rowe ... Himself - At Hospital
Greg Shepard ... Himself - At Hospital
Maureen Shapiro ... Herself - At Hospital
Hugh Farrington ... Himself - At Hospital (as Hugh Smith)
Trace Sikora ... Herself - At Hospital
Steve Sober ... Himself - At Hospital
Kenny Snow ... Himself - At Hospital
Rick Stevens ... Himself - At Hospital
Craig Spruill ... Himself - At Hospital
Ron Tarin ... Himself - At Hospital
John Sweeden ... Himself - At Hospital
Arthur Watson ... Himself - At Hospital
Tom Walker ... Himself - At Hospital
Rex Weigel ... Himself - At Hospital
Michael Watson ... Himself - At Hospital
John Williams ... Himself - At Hospital
Bob White ... Himself - At Hospital

James Worth ... Himself - At Hospital
Howard Wolff ... Himself - At Hospital
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hal Ashby ... Passenger in Porsche Speedster Flashing the Peace Sign (uncredited)
Alfredo Cabrera ... Alfredo at Rap Session (uncredited)
Louis S. Caracas ... Second M.P. at Marine Depot (uncredited)
Deborah Carello ... Debbie at Rap Session (uncredited)
Mark Carlton ... Mark at Rap Session (uncredited)
Cindy Clerico ... Hippie Woman (uncredited)
Luis Contreras ... Demonstrator (uncredited)
Jaye Durkus ... Gunnery Sergeant (uncredited)
Edward Freund ... Platoon Leader (uncredited)
Albert Steven Glover ... First M.P. at Marine Depot (uncredited)
Reuben Green ... Platoon Leader (uncredited)
Kenneth Greenbough ... First Cop at Marine Depot (uncredited)
Steven Gutman ... Third M.P. at Marine Depot (uncredited)
William T. Hager ... Gunnery Officer (uncredited)
Mark Hateley ... Luke's Neighbor (uncredited)
Sharon Hesky ... Dancer in Go-Go Club (uncredited)
Richard Hood ... Dancer in Go-Go Club (uncredited)
Jarvais Hudson ... Marine (uncredited)
Clifton Johnson ... Private First Class (uncredited)
Ed Lang ... Ed - Hell's Angel (uncredited)
Jack Lange ... Moviegoer (uncredited)
Ralph Litt ... Police Sergeant at Marine Depot (uncredited)
Stephen K. Litter ... Platoon Leader (uncredited)
Scott Kellog Miller ... Platoon Leader (uncredited)
Gage Nelson ... Marine at Depot (uncredited)
Lois Pepitone ... Ticket Lady (uncredited)
Steven Price ... Shad (uncredited)
Patrick Regan ... Marine (uncredited)
Richard Schmitt ... Richard at Rap Session (uncredited)
Mel Scott ... Platoon Sergeant (uncredited)
Jan Michael Shultz ... Lt. Roscoe (uncredited)
Leland Sun ... PFC (uncredited)
Stephen Traxler ... Steve at Rap Session (uncredited)
Peggy Underwood ... Day Shift Nurse (uncredited)
Marc Vahanian ... Ronnie (uncredited)
Hildegarde Wendt ... Waitress in Go-Go Club (uncredited)

Haskell Wexler ... Officer Awarding Medals (uncredited)
Bill Willens ... Hippie Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Hal Ashby 
 
Writing credits
Waldo Salt (screenplay) and
Robert C. Jones (screenplay)

Nancy Dowd (story)

Rudy Wurlitzer  uncredited

Produced by
Bruce Gilbert .... associate producer
Jerome Hellman .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Haskell Wexler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Don Zimmerman 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
Michael D. Haller  (as Michael Haller)
 
Set Decoration by
George Gaines 
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
 
Makeup Department
Bernadine M. Anderson .... makeup: Ms. Fonda (as Bernadine Anderson)
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist
Gary Liddiard .... makeup
Lola 'Skip' McNalley .... hair stylist: Ms. Fonda (as Lola McNally)
 
Production Management
Charles Mulvehill .... production manager
Nicolas Hippisley-Coxe .... location production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Bloom .... second assistant director (as James Bloom)
Charles Myers .... first assistant director (as Charles A. Myers)
 
Art Department
Alan Levine .... property master (as Allan Levine)
James L. Schoppe .... assistant art director (as Jim Schoppe)
Tim Ackers .... laborer (uncredited)
Matty Azzarone .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Tom Bartholomew .... painter (uncredited)
Guy Bushman .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Chuck Clark .... painter (uncredited)
Robert L. Clark .... painter (uncredited)
Kirby Cohee .... propmaker (uncredited)
Francis N. 'Lucky' Costello .... painter (uncredited)
Gene Cranford .... propmaker (uncredited)
Claudia Gilligan Ivanjack .... painter (uncredited)
Lloyd Hardy .... propmaker (uncredited)
Mike Higelmire .... leadman (uncredited)
Curtis 'Red' Hollingsworth .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Arthur Horton Jr. .... laborer (uncredited)
Gary Kudroff .... swing (uncredited)
Evans Maloof .... painter (uncredited)
Gary Martin .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Michael Muscarella .... propmaker (uncredited)
Angel Perez .... propmaker (uncredited)
Fred Polstin .... laborer (uncredited)
Ken Reed .... propmaker (uncredited)
James Seegar .... painter (uncredited)
William Trobaugh .... propmaker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert Knudson .... re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Pat Suraci .... boom man
Frank E. Warner .... sound editor (as Frank Warner)
Jeff Wexler .... sound mixer
 
Stunts
Gary Epper .... stunt double: Bruce Dern (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sidney Ray Baldwin .... still photographer (as Sid Baldwin)
Craig Denault .... first assistant cameraman (as Craig De Nault)
Clyde Hart .... key grip
Gary Holt .... gaffer
Richard A. Mention III .... second assistant cameraman (as Rick Mention)
Donald E. Thorin .... camera operator (as Don Thorin)
Michael Greenlee .... electrician (uncredited)
Sunny Johnson .... grip (uncredited)
William Kenney .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Gerald A. King .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Pat King .... grip (uncredited)
Louis Niemeyer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Sordal .... grip (uncredited)
Michael 'Dutch' Van Woert .... best boy (uncredited)
Byron White .... electrician (uncredited)
Don Yamasaki .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sally Dennison .... additional casting
Karn Alecksen .... additional casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer L. Parsons .... costumer: women (as Jennifer Parsons)
Silvio Scarano .... costumer: men
Michael W. Hoffman .... costumer: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Scott Burrow .... assistant editor
Mark Warner .... assistant editor
Elyane Bretherton .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
George Brand .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Pat Carmen .... driver (uncredited)
Bruce Hauer .... driver (uncredited)
Leodoro Jimenez .... driver: Jane Fonda (uncredited)
Lorin Jordan .... driver (uncredited)
Tom Marshall .... assistant transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Michael McDuffee .... driver (uncredited)
Gerald R. Molen .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Steven R. Molen .... driver (uncredited)
Ronald Y. Ortega .... driver: catering (uncredited)
Marilyn Tasso .... driver: Hal Ashby (uncredited)
Gary Vermillion .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Michael Jacobs .... technical advisor
Lucile Jones .... friend who did everything
Caren Levin .... friend who did everything
Michael Maslansky .... unit publicist
Dan Perri .... title designer
Spencer Quinn .... location manager
Ken Ryan .... accountant
June Samson .... script supervisor
Dianne Schroeder .... friend who did everything
David Wyler .... friend who did everything
Jim Bloom .... location manager (uncredited)
Billy Brashier .... projectionist (uncredited)
Chip Fowler .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Robert Grant .... AFI director's intern (uncredited)
Janet Healy .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dave Hoak .... first aid (uncredited)
Bill Hogan .... video researcher (uncredited)
Lucile Jones .... secretary: Mr. Ashby (uncredited)
Tom Jones .... craft service (uncredited)
Caren Levin .... secretary: Mr. Hellman (uncredited)
Mary Malin .... assistant: Ann Roth (uncredited)
Doe Mayer .... video researcher (uncredited)
Annie Pautler .... researcher (uncredited)
Dianne Schroeder .... researcher (uncredited)
Joel Schwartz .... video researcher (uncredited)
David Wyler .... production assistant (uncredited)
Elizabeth Yanoska .... assistant auditor (uncredited)
 
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Sylvester Stallone, Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino declined the role that went to Jon VoightSee more »
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43 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
Timely and excellent portraits of two veteran soldiers of Viet Nam returning as changed men, confused and disillusioned, to a woman they each love and a U.S. they can no longer reconcile with the pre-war ima, 30 May 2004
Author: goddessblissninny from New York, NY

Sadly and surprisingly relevant, "Coming Home" offers the perspective of one man who's war experience renders him not only paralyzed but unable to deny his own real life experience as a wartime soldier to the extent that he can continue supporting his government's patriotic dogma that one man should kill, torture or oppress other soldiers, men, women and children to defend motives he now views, from a wheelchair, as questionable. Awakening to this perspective is a woman who, attempting to aid the war effort and make herself useful during her husband's time of military service to his country, volunteers her time at the local Veteran's Hospital.

As she encounters the soldiers just returned battle with countless physical and psychological wounds too deep to enable their return to duty, she begins to understand the impossibility of their task to "get back to a normal life" and starts a longer journey out from under her own unquestioning acceptance of obeying principles that manufacture circumstances that make the peaceful pursuits of love and family inconceivable.

Her own husband does return to her, an officer who spent his tour of duty doing what he has accepted all of his life is the "right thing" for his country but he, too, is terribly damaged by what he has seen. When he discovers that he has returned to a wife that has broken both the sanctity of their marriage and the very foundation of their commonality as people - namely, upholding the belief that you must endure and inflict and perpetuate the tortures of Hell, itself, if your government demands it of you - he is unable to find a way forward in his life. As the last institutions that served as the structure of his sanity and happiness are wrenched out from under him, he faces a void too horrible to walk into and turns to the only way out that he can perceive.

This film is shot in what seems a sincere approach to relating the stories that were, immediately post-viet nam, being widely reported of and experienced by those U.S. men and women returning from service. It attempts, via narrative, to correlate them to the cultural experiences of the public. It seems to try to offer insight into the collective trauma inflicted by the very idea that war, as an institutional means of problem solving, is an acceptable and patriotic belief that merits the sacrifice of our lives and sanity.

Though the film definitely has its own perspective, it maintains respect for each of the characters represented. It remains the imperative of each viewer to decide the question for themselves.

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