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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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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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Marcus H. Nelson ...
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Marjoree (as Penny Allen)
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David
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Brenda
Tuan Tran ...
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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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Karen Collier: [Jeremy is sitting outside on the porch] You know it could be that he's waiting for someone to talk to him.
Bob Collier: Maybe... but it's not us.
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References Cactus Flower (1969) See more »

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Rebel with a cause
12 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

The connection with James Dean?In a short plan ,we see Emilio Estevez toying with a teddy bear(remember the first scene of Ray's "rebel without a cause").Moreover,the main conflict is Estevez versus Sheen,father against son,as in "East of Eden".The soldier has come home,and nobody has been able to communicate with him, even his sister (a psychology student,what a derision).The mother,a crude matron (a superb Kathy Bates),gets bogged down in nougatine ,she 's not able to understand that her values (religion,family) have become a thing of the past,specially for someone like his son whose innocence was betrayed. The father ,an irresolute man ,under his wife's thumb,although he tries hard to play the macho,wanted to make up for the mediocrity of his life .So he saved his "honor" by forcing his son to do his duty.The scene in which Estevez's hatred for his father explodes is very intense.The actor-director gives a restrained performance,interiorized,as Lee Strasberg's students used to do,and his final burst of anger is increased tenfold so.


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