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22 April 1979 (USA) See more »
The true story of the anguish and courage of one American family.
When they try to learn how how their son died in Vietnam, the Mullens meet lies and evasion on all sides. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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a look at war from the home front See more (17 total) »


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Carol Burnett ... Peg Mullen

Ned Beatty ... Gene Mullen

Sam Waterston ... C.D. Bryan
Dennis Erdman ... Michael E. Mullen

Timothy Hutton ... John Mullen
Fanny Spiess ... Mary Mullen

Sherry Hursey ... Patricia Mullen
Michael Flanagan ... Father Shimon
Hilly Hicks ... Willis Huddleston
William Jordan ... Col. Byron Schindler
Vernon Weddle ... Col. Georgi
Jack Rader ... Sgt. Fitzgerald
Robert Wahler ... Alan Hulting

David Keith ... Leroy Hamilton

Bernard Behrens ... Dietrich

Ford Rainey ... Hamilton
Phillip R. Allen ... Ralph Jenner

Mark L. Taylor ... Capt. Bannock
Jenny Sullivan ... Mrs. Bryan

Charles Cyphers ... Tom Loomis

Nicolas Coster ... Carl
Steve Bonino ... Prince
Sierra Pecheur ... Mrs. Hamilton

Macon McCalman
Joe Lowry

Dan Shor
Robert Broyles

Jerry Hardin
Joseph G. Medalis (as Joe Medalis)

Norman Bartold

Kevin Hooks ... Polk
Jorge Cervera Jr.
William Bogert
Woody Eney
Mary Gregory

Henry Brown
Michael Bond
Mark Montgomery

Warren Munson

John Hillner
Cosie Costa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Baxley ... (uncredited)
Steve Benedict ... (uncredited)
Charles Bracy ... (uncredited)
Frank Bruno ... (uncredited)

Kevin Geer ... (uncredited)

Virginia Kiser ... (uncredited)
Wyatt Knight ... (uncredited)
Demetre Phillips ... (uncredited)

Hank Ross ... (uncredited)
Marcia Shepard ... (uncredited)
Craig Shreeve ... (uncredited)

Directed by
David Greene 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
C.D.B. Bryan  book
Fay Kanin 

Produced by
Philip Barry Jr. .... producer
Fay Kanin .... co-producer
Martin Starger .... executive producer
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
Cinematography by
Harry J. May 
Film Editing by
Michael Economou 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Art Direction by
Kirk Axtell 
Lawrence G. Paull  (as Larry Paull)
Set Decoration by
Chuck Rutherford 
Costume Design by
Ernest Misko (costumes: men) (as Ernie Misko)
Linda Serijan (costumes: women)
Makeup Department
Monique DeSart .... hair stylist
Jeffrey Hamilton .... makeup artist (as Jeff Hamilton)
Production Management
Mack Bing .... unit production manager
Richard L. O'Connor .... executive in charge of production
James Potter .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thom Anable .... first assistant director
Ric Rondell .... first assistant director
Kate Tilley .... second assistant director
Art Department
Terry Ballard .... property master
Brian P. Brophy .... lead man (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Bosco .... sound mixer
Andrew Gilmore .... sound mixer
Bill Wistrom .... sound effects editor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annette Gagnon .... costumer: Ms. Burnett
Music Department
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Other crew
Betty Goldberg .... script supervisor
Kathleen Long .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Bill McCamey .... set medic (uncredited)
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147 min
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Carol Burnett dyed her trademark red hair brown for the role of Peg Mullen.See more »


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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
a look at war from the home front, 23 April 1999
Author: helpless_dancer from Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Riveting film about a family torn apart by a death in Viet Nam. The son of a farmer goes to war in an infantry unit and is killed by his own men by accident. The grief suffered by his family was hard to take as I watched the movie. Carol Burnett was brilliant as the shocked and angry mother. This film showed the waste of war, and the military's attitude about a soldier's duty as opposed to a family's rejection of the government calling a farmer a soldier. Everyone should see this program.

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