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The War (1994)

 -  Drama  -  4 November 1994 (USA)
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Vietnam War vet Costner must deal with a war of a different sort between his son and their friends, and a rival group of children. He also must deal with his own personal and employment ... See full summary »

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Vietnam War vet Costner must deal with a war of a different sort between his son and their friends, and a rival group of children. He also must deal with his own personal and employment problems that have resulted from his Vietnam experiences. Written by David Stumme <dstumme@rochester.rr.com>

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What's worth fighting for?

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Rated PG-13 for the intense depiction of human struggle and conflict | See all certifications »

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The cigarettes Elvadine smokes in the movie are herbal, not tobacco. See more »

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When Stephen is telling Stu about his hospitalization, he says that the doctors diagnosed him with post-traumatic stress. That term didn't come about until Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome was included in the DSM-III, nearly ten years after the movie is set. See more »

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Lidia: My name's Lidia Simmons, and I'm 12 years old, and these here are my memoirs. I can't really tell ya much about me, nor my life, without first telling ya 'bout my brother Stu. All spring Stu's being kinda quiet. Perhaps it was because a couple months earlier our father gone out looking for work and never returned. It wasn't the first time dad went away. Ever since he'd come back from Vietnam things haven't been just right. Mom held two jobs just to make ends meet. And we were still dirt poor, ...
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Summertime Blues
Written by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart (as J. Capehart)
Performed by Eddie Cochran
Courtesy of EMI Records USA, a division of ERG
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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BEAUTIFUL & SADLY UNDERRATED
1 April 1999 | by (Wetumpka, Alabama) – See all my reviews

"The War" is one of the few "kid" movies that takes itself seriously enough to be loved and appreciated by young and old audiences alike. I would have supported this film to the very end. After all, any vehicle that convincingly gives peace and love a chance deserves a little attention. (Peace and love are such rare qualities nowadays.)

The cast is excellent. Kevin Costner is a little stiff at the beginning but I think that's a good thing. Giving the younger (and equally talented) stars a chance to shine is a smart move on his part. He does get to cut loose in a few fleeting scenes. Also outstanding (when is he not?) is Elijah Wood (a.k.a. the next Tom Hanks) as Costner's angry, multi-layered, deeply troubled son. His frustrations are so well expressed that often times you feel like you could just step in and help him solve his problems.

What is worth fighting for? Nothing. Because as long as you have love, you have everything. Wisdom for both the kiddies and the grown-ups. Just be warned that the film does contain some strong violence and language.


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