The War at Home (1996)

R  |   |  Drama  |  20 November 1996 (USA)
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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
Karen Collier (as Kimberly Williams)
Prof. Tracey
Marcus H. Nelson ...
Pvt. Poe
Jena Kraus ...
Coffee House Singer
Bus Station Clerk
Marjoree (as Penny Allen)
Tuan Tran ...
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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jeremy and his father have their first fight in the kitchen (just after Mr. Collier has finished his story of the report card), Jeremy walks away from his father and out of the house. If you look closely, you can see that he was standing in front of a "Home Sweet Home" sign when he heads out of the house. See more »


Karen Collier: [on their mother] She's gonna have a nervous breakdown.
Jeremy Collier: I know she wants one. I know she ain't gonna be happy until she has one.
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References Have Gun - Will Travel (1957) See more »


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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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