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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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Billy Lipnicki
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Arliss Lipnicki
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Leo Lipnicki
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Lester Lucket
Brennan Gallagher ...
Marsh
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Charlette Julius ...
Amber
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Ula Lipnicki
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Justin Lucas ...
Willard
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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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4 November 1994 (USA)  »

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$16,551,365 (USA)
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The cigarettes Elvadine smokes in the movie are herbal, not tobacco. 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 »

Quotes

Billy Lipnicki: You know, I saw an angel... a real one... and he was holding on to my hand... and I was going to go live in his kingdom... but he said I must come back and take care of my daddy.
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Referenced in Game On: Martin's Baby (1998) See more »

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Spirit In The Sky
Written and Performed by Norman Greenbaum
By Arrangement with Trans/Tone Productions
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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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