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The War at Home (1996)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Collier
Maurine Collier
Bob Collier
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Prof. Tracey
Marcus H. Nelson ...
Pvt. Poe
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Viet Cong


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a war-related shooting, an intense sequence of violent threat, and for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

20 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Conflitti di famiglia  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$34,368 (USA) (29 November 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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After the film's paltry distribution and thus small profit, Emilio Estevez considered quitting the film business. See more »


Jeremy Collier: [from inside his room] Fuck off.
Bob Collier: [speechless at first] What did you say?
Jeremy Collier: I said fuck off, go fuck yourself!
Bob Collier: [furious] I'm gonna beat the shit outta you!
[pounds on door]
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Great Movie
18 June 2000 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Not being a movie aficionado, I am not familiar with the names of leading Directors, Scriptwriters, Producers and the like, but I can tell an outstanding movie when I see one.

The makers of this fine movie could well be now at the top of their fields, or may well get there pretty soon. I know that the actors are already there.

It takes talent closer to genius to show with such realism how a national tragedy like Vietnam has impacted the everyday life of a typically average American family, and make us see at close range why there are so many homeless Vietnam veterans.

Without getting into gratuitous scenes of gore and bloodshed, it makes us understand why so many youg men had flashbacks of what they had been thru.

The dialog is particularly gripping, and gives us an idea of what went on in so many families in the aftermath of Vietnam.

I wish there were more good movies like this one, not just about Vietnam, but about other social conditions as well.

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