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The War (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama | 4 November 1994 (USA)
Vietnam War vet Stephen Simmons 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 ... See full summary »

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Vietnam War vet Stephen Simmons 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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$16,551,365
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The cigarettes Elvadine smokes in the movie are herbal, not tobacco. See more »

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When Billy falls through the top of the water tower, there is a large hole in it. After the boys rescue him and take him out, the top of the tower is back to the way it was before. See more »

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Stephen: Lidia hit him in the face with a rock? I think I'm gonna have to have a talk with that girl. Is she doing anything else I should know about?
Stu: Well yeah. She's doing a lot of things. But I don't think you should know about them.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Composed by Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton
Written by Pete Brown
Sung during Vietnam battle scene
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BEAUTIFUL & SADLY UNDERRATED
1 April 1999 | by 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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