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The War at Home -- Nominated for an Academy Award and widely considered one of the most important political films ever made, The War at Home vividly chronicles the anti-war protest movement of the 1960's and 70's.


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December 1979 (USA) See more »
Interviews with people involved with and leading the Madison, Wisconsin area resistance to the Vietnam war. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Karleton Armstrong ... Himself - Anti-War Activist, Convicted Bomber
Betty Boardman ... Herself - Quaker Peace Activist (also archive footage)

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself - Activist
Henry Haslach ... Himself - Student Activist (also archive footage)
Gaylord Nelson ... Himself - US Senator (also archive footage)
Wahid Rashad ... Himself - Student Activist (also archive footage)
Jim Rowen ... Himself - Student Activist, Assistant to Mayor Soglin (also archive footage)
Paul Soglin ... Himself - Student Activist, Mayor of Madison (also archive footage)
Evan Stark ... Himself - Student Activist (also archive footage)
Jack von Mettenheim ... Himself - Businessman, Anti-Hitler Student Activist
H. Edwin Young ... Himself - President, Univ. of Wisconsin (also archive footage)
Maurice Zeitlin ... Himself - Professor, Univ. of Wisconsin (also archive footage)
Spiro Agnew ... Himself - White House Conference, Beside Connally (archive footage) (uncredited)
William Bablitch ... Himself - Law Student, Observer (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Connally ... Himself - White House Conference, Beside Agnew (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ngo Dinh Diem ... Himself - with Nixon in Vietnam (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Ehrlichman ... Himself - White House Conference (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself - Discusses Domino Theory (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wilbur Emory ... Himself - Madison Police Chief (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gerald Ford ... Himself - Congressman, Anti-Democrat Speech in Madison (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ernest Gruening ... Himself - Remarks on Tonkin Gulf, on Karleton Armstrong (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alexander Haig ... Himself - White House Conference (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself - Speech at U. of Wisconsin (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself - No Wider War Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert Kastenmeier ... Himself - Congressman (archive footage) (uncredited)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself - Discusses Escalation in Vietnam (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ted Kennedy ... Himself - Tries to Give Speech at U. of Wisconsin (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself - Marches (archive footage) (uncredited)

Henry Kissinger ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Warren Knowles ... Himself - Wisconsin Governor (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dick Krooth ... Himself - Law Student, Protester (archive footage) (uncredited)
Melvin Laird ... Himself - Secretary of Defense (archive footage) (uncredited)
Duc Tho Le ... Himself - Meets with Kissinger (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eugene McCarthy ... Himself - Speech in Wisconsin (archive footage) (uncredited)

George McGovern ... Himself - 1968 Democratic National Convention (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert McNamara ... Himself - Speech on Hanoi Bombing (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charlene Mitchell ... Herself - Communist Party Candidate (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wayne Morse ... Himself - Remarks Against Eugene McCarthy (archive footage) (uncredited)

Paul Newman ... Himself - 1968 Democratic National Convention (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself - Gives Post-Election Plans for Vietnam (archive footage) (uncredited)
Donald O. Peterson ... Himself - Democratic National Committee (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gordon Roseleip ... Himself - Wisconsin Senator (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert Warren ... Himself - Wisconsin Attorney General (archive footage) (uncredited)
William C. Westmoreland ... Himself - Visits U. of Wisconsin, 1959 (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Glenn Silber 
Barry Alexander Brown (co-director)
Produced by
Barry Alexander Brown .... producer
Glenn Silber .... producer
Cinematography by
Richard March 
Film Editing by
Chuck France 
Sound Department
Margaret Crimmins .... sound editor
Paul Dingman .... sound recordist
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Kathleen King .... sound recordist
Susan Lazarus .... sound editor
Neal Marshad .... sound re-recordist
Tom Naunas .... sound effects
Tom Naunas .... sound recordist
Joshua Waletzky .... sound editor (as Josh Waletzky)
Camera and Electrical Department
Chuck France .... additional cinematography
Other crew
Sherman Grinberg .... archive source (as Sherman Grindberg Library)
Emile de Antonio .... special thanks (as Emile De Antonio)

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Best historical doc on the anti-war movement, 23 December 2004
Author: djtet from Niantic, CT

There are a number of films out on the anti-war movement. Some, like the recent 'Weather Underground' never really explain the historical context or the protester's politics, but just stay at the surface of personality and sensational subject matter. Others, like Berkeley in the Sixties, take a completely nostalgic view, embalming leftist politics as something cool boomers did in a now inaccessible past when they were crazy kids. The War at Home, though fills in the background, takes the politics seriously, and imagines that it might be actually worth something to the viewer. While the film is focused on events in Madison, WI, it's interest is by no means limited to folks with experience of that time or place. It's very effective microcosm of the larger movement. While the film has a fairly conventional talking-head-and-archival-clip form, it's well made and engaging. It also has no pretense to 'objectivity,' which is a good thing. A number of observers trace the decline of the anti-war movement to a turn towards violence that alienated more moderate folks who were beginning to question the war after Tet. the first signal event in this supposed turn toward the dark side was a bombing on the University of Wisconsin campus, which becomes the central event in this film. A grad student in science was killed in the blast, and there was great hue and cry that anyone would set off a bomb amidst the seat of higher learning. However, rather than simply casting the bombers as villains, the film seeks to understand their actions, and ultimately sympathizes with them. Rarely do we ever see this -- political radicalism treated as human and comprehensible -- and for presenting the side of the argument we never hear otherwise, The War at Home is a valuable and all too rare document.

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