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Welcome Home (1989)

 -  Drama  -  29 September 1989 (USA)
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Jake died in Vietnam; his family mourned him, then moved on. When he reappears, quite alive, the question is, what must he do and how will his family respond to him?


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Robins
Colonel Barnes
Dwayne (as J.J.)
Ken Pogue ...
Senator Camden
Matthew Beckett ...
Jessica Ramien ...
Larry Reynolds ...
Dr. Quayle
Nancy Beatty ...
Drew Comin ...
Little Boy
Gene Clark ...
Coach Wallace


Jake died in Vietnam; his family mourned him, then moved on. When he reappears, quite alive, the question is, what must he do and how will his family respond to him? Written by Cleo <>

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29 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bienvenido a casa  »

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$1,029,822 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Second appearance of Kris Kristofferson and Sam Waterston on a same film nine years after their previous encounter in Heaven's Gate (1980). See more »


At the time that this movie was filmed (circa 1987), the actor Kris Kristofferson was 51 yrs old playing a 35-yr-old character. See more »


[last lines]
Woody: Are you alright?
Tyler: Can I borrow the car?
Woody: Just be careful.
Tyler: I love you, dad.
Woody: I love you too, Tyler.
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(theme song)
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Sung by Willie Nelson
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I always say this is the worst movie I've ever seen
4 October 2000 | by (London, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in the theatres in 1989, and it's horrible memory lingers on to this day. What to mention first? The gushing tears that too often grace the character's cheeks? The horrible plot device of having JoBeth Williams kneel in front of her record player crying while Your Song by Elton John plays in the background? The sappy teenaged son of JoBeth and Kris?

The convenient million or so dollars that Uncle Sam drops in Kris' lap, allowing him to buy a house and a car, unlike most other Vietnam Vets?

Or the ease and guiltlessness with which JoBeth hops in the sack with Kris again, after all these years, and despite his deathmasklike craggy features, and despite being married to a much nicer guy, Sam Waterston, who plays the cuckold well, but is totally wasted in this picture.

Insipid soundtrack and gushy spineless characters. Not a good combo.

How I wish Kris' former family turned their backs on him, after asking a few penetrating questions like "Where the hell have you been?" or "Why didn't you try to get in touch with us?" or "How's about moving to another part of the country and leaving us alone?"

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