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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Bob Collier
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Donald
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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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$15,040 (USA) (22 November 1996)

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$34,368 (USA) (29 November 1996)
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In one scene, the camera slowly heads towards the dinner table. Bob (Martin Sheen) is facing the camera on the far end of the table, Maureen (Kathy Bates) is to his right, and Jeremy (Emilio Estevez) is to his left. This position of the family and the shot is lifted from another family drama film Ordinary People (1980). See more »

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Bob Collier: Two hundred and ninety nine.
David: What?
Bob Collier: Two hundred and ninety nine, I said, don't tell me you don't know what that means David. I think your old man knows what it means don't you Howe? That's your goddamn birthday David. For when they pulled the numbers out for the draft card lottery. Two ninety-nine, that's the number that saved your ass from having to go and fight in Vietnam! Would you like to know what Jeremy's number was? It was eight, eight, EIGHT!
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Bob Collier: Don't you ever tell me...
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We Gather Together
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What a surprise!
16 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Emilio Estevez actually directed a good movie--who woulda thought? I sat through two previous films Estevez directed--"Wisdom" (with then girlfriend Demi Moore) and "Men at Work" (with brother Charlie Sheen). They are lousy films---badly acted, directed, stupid and offensive. Estevez is a good actor but lousy as a director. I turned this on in pure curiousity--it has a great cast and I had nothing else to do. Damned if it didn't pull me in.

It concerns Estevez coming home from Vietnam permanently scarred by what happened over there. His parents (Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen) and sister (Kimberly Williams) try to reach him but can't. Something in Vietnam has affected him deeply...and he's about to explode...

A bit overlong but still very good. A lot of the material is familar but the cast is so good that they make it seem new. Estevez is good, Sheen is terrific (and Estevezs' real life father), Williams is touching and Bates is just extraordinary--trying to hold the family together. It all leads up to a powerful ending which REALLY surprised me.

Well worth catching.


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