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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!
Plot:
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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127 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:
Luke Martin:You know, I spend 95% of the time at the hospital thinking of making love with you.See more »
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53 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
Drop the "Hanoi Jane" ban, and see this film, 9 November 1999
Author: Canino-4 from Roseville, Ca

Obviously any film about Viet Nam that stars Jane Fonda and Jon Voight is going to cause more than a few knees to jerk. Fondas embracing the enemy and Voights devout pacifism have both been well-documented, so there's no need to elaborate. Don't let this cause you to avoid this film. Many veterans were on hand for the filming, and they saw that they were taking part in something special. If they can draw a truce with Fonda, than you can as well. The opening scene sets a tone for the film that it never veers from. A group of disabled vets play pool, and directly confront each other over why they were there, and what it all means. Director Hal Ashby (RIP) pulls no punches here. These vets aren't scholars debating on MacNeil-Lehrer. They struggle with these questions. They don't have the fancy initials after their names that impress people so much. There just the real people that fought the war.

The rest of the film follows on this point. Special care goes into each character.

Voights Luke Martin went to war to impress girls and feed his titanic ego. Because Ashby and his writers (Waldo Salt, Robert C. Jones and Nancy Dowd) didn't back off on showing Luke's bad side, it makes his transformation. He becomes a better person, because he develops the strength to look inside himself.

Bruce Dern gives an excellent performance, as well, in what is probably the trickiest part. Derns Bob Hyde is GI all the way, but returns from his first combat detail in a state of turmoil. He sees the insanity first hand and, quite frankly, can't handle it. The nice thing here is that he's not simply disillusioned by the politics of the war, but more by war, itself. It's to this films credit, that they didn't have Dern return home and do an about face and start protesting. That story has been told. Instead, once again, we see a human being struggling to understand things that may be unknowable. What makes a man cut another man's ears off, and throw them in his knapsack? How are you supposed to feel, when your fellow soldiers are boiling the flesh off a human skull, so they can mount it on a stake?

Oddly enough, Fondas character, Sally Hyde, may be the least "political" character in the film. Sure, she sees injustices at the VA hospital and gets involved volunteering, but this is merely as a novice. She asks very rudimentary questions about why the vets are being ignored, but she asks as a sympathetic human being, not an activist. As she eventually expands her horizons, she changes from an officer's wife into a more mature woman. As this happens, she falls in love with Voight. Neither person really wants it to happen. Voight doesn't want to betray a fellow soldier. Fonda doesn't want to betray her loyal husband. No easy answer.

It's a shame that "Coming Home" occupies such a small niche in film history. It's a quiet, thoughtful film that patiently tells its story. It doesn't have a single battle scene, but it remains incredibly powerful. Robert Carradines breakdown while he plays his guitar and sings, is a scene that should be taught in film school. Just one moment in an incredible film.

Don't let this gem fade away.

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