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The War (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama | 4 November 1994 (USA)
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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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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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Film debut of Lucas Black. See more »

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When Moe and Stephen are draining the water from the mine, Moe lifts the valve up to the pipe twice. See more »

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Mrs. Higgins: Simmons. Your house is on fire again.
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Who'll Stop The Rain
Written by John Fogerty (as John C. Fogarty)
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It says a lot without actually preaching.
18 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie was wrongly overlooked when it came out. It has a lot to say and says it well, leaving the viewer with much to think about. It tells about poor country life in the early '70's from the view point of pre-teens. It touches on the Vietnam War through flashbacks and uses this as a study for the conflicts the children are facing. Their father is their link to the war. It deals with several kinds of hatred and its effects on the kids' lives. It also contrasts the kids' reactions to the father's.

Everything is done well. The children actors, led by Elijah Wood, do a really good job. Elijah was especially wonderful with the emotional out bursts he has to produce. Kevin Costner was surprisingly understated as the father and Mare Winningham is very good as the mother. I wish it was a bigger part. The part of the school teacher comes off a bit stereotypical but it works okay. Again, the kids carry the scene with their show of pride and willingness to stand by each other in adversity.

All in all, it's a good movie and good for older children to watch even though there is some strong language and violence. Actually, I think it's a bit mild for its PG-13 rating.



***1/2 out of ****


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