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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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Cast

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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)

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$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

Uncle Howe: [Bob is cutting the turkey] Listen, Bob, if you hold that knife right here, then you get a better-
[attempts to guide Bob's hand, and the knife cuts Bob's hand]
Uncle Howe: Oh, oh, I'm sorry there, Bobby!
Bob Collier: [mutters to himself] Why don't you carve the goddamn turkey yourself, you old fart!
Uncle Howe: [is surprised] Uh, what's that?
Bob Collier: [looks Howe squarely in the eye] I said why don't you carve the goddamn turkey yourself, you old fart!
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Soundtracks

Find the Cost of Freedom
Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Buffalo Springfield
Courtesy of Atco Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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