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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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Lois Simmons
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LaToya Chisholm ...
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Billy Lipnicki
Donald Sellers ...
Arliss Lipnicki
Leon Sills ...
Leo Lipnicki
Will West ...
Lester Lucket
Brennan Gallagher ...
Marsh
Adam Henderson ...
Chet
Charlette Julius ...
Amber
Jennifer Tyler ...
Ula Lipnicki
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Ebb
Justin Lucas ...
Willard

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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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4 November 1994 (USA)  »

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$16,551,365 (USA)
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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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Lidia: Dad, how come you and Mom don't talk no more?
Stephen: Well, I been gone a long time Lidia, we just giving each other other a little space right now.
Lidia: Well you better start crowding her, Dad! You gotta put your arms around the woman every once in a while or she's gonna think you don't like her no more!
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Lidia: Now, I'm giving you this advice cause I can see that you just don't know what you're doing.
Stephen: Well, I'm gonna take that to heart.
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Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland)
Performed by The Supremes
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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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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