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The War (1994)

PG-13  |   |  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 <>

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What's worth fighting for?



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

4 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La guerra  »

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Box Office


$16,551,365 (USA)

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Amber: You guys wanted that up there, then why didn't ya ask me?
Stu: Put that thing up there.
Amber: That the way you ask me? Ain't you not heard the word please?
Stu: Please?
Amber: Move outta my way, lightweight.
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The simple, unappealing name does not do justice to this fine film.
1 June 2000 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

Who would want to see a movie called "The War?" Not, me, and that's why I only saw this 1994 movie tonight, on TV. And I was pleasantly amazed at how good it is. Costner turns out to have a very strong "supporting" role because the movie really is about Elijah Woods' character and the other kids who find out about the real war we human beings seem to fight daily. Excellent mix of humor, action, drama, sadness, and triumph. The "dare" scene inside the water tank was one of the more gripping I've seen in any film. I rate it "8" but almost feel it deserves a "9".

Feb 2006 update. I saw it again, on DVD, and most of the movie was fresh again. After Costner's character was faced with killing people in the Vietnam war, he fully understood that love was the only thing fighting for. This is what he was able to pass down to his son and daughter. As they say, in any 'war', even the ones we may fight with our neighbors, we always lose track of the real reason we are fighting and destroy the things we value.

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