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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film reunited Emilio Estevez (Jeremy) with Lane Smith (Uncle Howe) since their collaboration in the "Mighty Ducks" series. See more »


Jeremy Collier: Look, it's not that I'm asking for the car...
Bob Collier: Hm?
Jeremy Collier: But you know Jesus didn't have a job.
Bob Collier: That's right. He didn't have a car either, and he walked everywhere.
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No one understands the pain of Vietnam unless....
1 October 2004 | by (St. Louis, MO.) – See all my reviews

The one thing that struck me most about this simple movie was how the characters could not relate to the feelings that the principal character Jeremy felt. An isolation, a feeling of despair, a sudden irrational fear of circumstances, a guilt feeling of "Why me?" This movie was not a financial success and could not be. It gives an all too true expression of the mixed psychological emotions felt by those who know the Nam experience.

My one thought for you is to watch this movie and try to understand these feelings that too many of us experience in life and our dreams continually. Perhaps this can help heal us all.

The cast is beautiful and I was quite shocked to learn that Martin Sheen's son had directed it. The biggest shock to watching this movie is to learn that it is not entertaining. That is not a condemnation but rather a description.

The only unreal part were the scenes of war.

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