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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 »
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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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A unique perspective, 30 September 2005
Author: blffan4 from Madison, WI

I have lived in Madison, WI the majority of my life and my father was a University policeman during the latter part of the anti-war protests. Who knows, maybe he was even pictured in the film - it's difficult to tell as the police are most often shown in their riot gear. Over the years he has related some of his experiences during that time. He attended the UW during the early 60's and wasn't much older than the students involved in what he described as chaotic and sometimes scary encounters. As a result of this, I have always been very interested in the anti-war movement nationally and especially on the UW campus. This film gives me a detailed perspective of the city I lived in during my childhood and shows me how much the Madison of today has been influenced by those events. On a broader level the film demonstrates how Madison was a microcosm (albeit a somewhat extreme example for it's relatively small size) of the national political climate. It all at once makes me wish I had been there but also thankful that I wasn't which I think may be indicative of the schizophrenic nature of our country at that time. It's a retrospective worth watching not just for its point of view but also as a historical document. It's a thoroughly informative film which has relevance today both because of the long shadows these events have cast ever since but also given the political issues being raised today over the war in Iraq. Sit back, watch, enjoy and surprise yourself by finding out what you never knew about a seemingly well-documented and recent period of our history.

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