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The War at Home (1996)

Haunted by his experiences in the Vietnam War, a young man returns home and has trouble adjusting back to civilian life, his family and his stern father.

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Cast

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Jeremy Collier
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Maurine Collier
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Bob Collier
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Karen Collier (as Kimberly Williams)
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Donald
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Prof. Tracey
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Melissa
Marcus H. Nelson ...
Pvt. Poe
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Lieutenant
Jena Kraus ...
Coffee House Singer
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Bus Station Clerk
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Marjoree (as Penny Allen)
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David
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Brenda
Tuan Tran ...
Viet Cong
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Storyline

Jeremy Collier is a Vietnam veteran who has returned home and is struggling to cope with the war experiences that haunt him. He is also at odds with his family, who cannot begin to understand what he has been through. Jeremy's battles with his family finally spiral out of control on Thanksgiving Day, when a bitter secret is revealed. Written by Azure_Girl

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There Is A Secret About To Explode.

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Rated R for a war-related shooting, an intense sequence of violent threat, and for language | See all certifications »
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20 November 1996 (USA)  »

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Conflitti di famiglia  »

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Opening Weekend:

$15,040 (USA) (22 November 1996)

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$34,368 (USA) (29 November 1996)
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The three types of cars that the fictional dealership 'Collier Motor' sells are Buick, Chevrolet, and Oldsmobile. See more »

Quotes

Karen Collier: You know, I'm not gonna be mad at you, because I know you have personal problems.
Jeremy Collier: What are they? What are these personal problems that I have?
Karen Collier: I don't know the medical term, but I suppose you could describe it as being a terminal jerk.
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Connections

References Have Gun - Will Travel (1957) See more »

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Find the Cost of Freedom
Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Buffalo Springfield
Courtesy of Atco Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Great Family Drama
7 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

"The War at Home" was a labor of love for director/star Emilio Estevez, and the care he took with this story is evident on screen.

Adapted for the screen by original playwright James Duff, the film focuses on Jeremy Collier (Emilio Estevez), a veteran of the Vietnam War who is deeply scarred by his experiences. Jeremy's family can't understand his pain or deal with his erratic behavior. On Thanksgiving Day, each family member reaches their breaking point.

The cast is just about perfect. They look, sound, and act, like a family; albeit one that is struggling mightily. Real-life father and son Estevez and Martin Sheen are great opposite one another (look for Estevez's sister Renee and daughter Paloma in small roles). Kimberly Williams also does quite well as Jeremy's sister Karen, and the amazing Kathy Bates virtually inhabits Jeremy's mother Maurine.

One of the most striking things about "The War at Home" is the domesticity of it all - a real sense of a family trying to keep up appearances - which is so well-established that the film's explosive finale is all the more shocking. This is a different and very effective presentation of a Vietnam veteran's experiences. Don't hesitate to check out this movie, which should have received more attention back when it was released.


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