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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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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$34,368 (USA) (29 November 1996)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Emilio Estevez cast three generations of his family in the project. He cast his father Martin Sheen, his sister 'Renee Estevez', and his daughter Paloma Estevez. See more »

Quotes

Jeremy Collier: Look if you're going to talk to me about car-wrecks you can stop right now!
Bob Collier: What? What are you talking about?
Jeremy Collier: You told me that more people die in car-wrecks each year than died in Vietnam.
Bob Collier: Well, I may have said that...
Jeremy Collier: Not 'may have', did!
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Connections

References Cactus Flower (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Deja Vu
Written by David Crosby
Performed by Crosby Stills Nash & Young (as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Extraordinary Film
23 May 2004 | by (Chicago, Il) – See all my reviews

The most intense and powerful film I have seen in years. There have been other films before that delved into the Vietnam Vet but nothing compared to this emotionally heartwrenching film, as a typical American suburban family, circa 1972, comes apart at the seams, revealing the scars that Vietnam has left on our all of our collective souls. The cast is A++++ fantastic with all four actors(with Kathy Bates a stand-out) giving riveting performances. What is wonderful about this film is that you take no sides, but understand all four characters and empathize with them, even though all four have divergent viewpoints and needs. There are scenes in here that are so powerful as family secrets and feelings are revealed(such as the confrontation between son and mother) that will have you emotionally drained and in tears of anguish. I actually cried in this film, something I rarely do. The shocking end is a stunner! A much overlooked film that should be seen. I rate this 1996 film a 10/10 a superlative piece. Highly recommended especially in this day and age with again, our country embroiled in a hideous war, our headlines shouting of atrocities and again, our young men and women returning with deep psychological scars, with their deep pain of deeds done in the line of honor. A must see film.


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