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The War at Home (1996) Poster

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Emilio Estevez appeared in Disney's D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996) for free in exchange for the studio providing this film's $3 million budget.
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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.
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The little girl at the bus station is Emilio Estevez' daughter, Paloma Estevez.
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Bob Collier, played by Martin Sheen, drives a Chevrolet in the movie. This is a tribute to the car dealership he owns.
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'Renee Estevez' is the younger sister of Emilio Estevez. She plays his cousin's wife in the film.
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After the film's paltry distribution and thus small profit, Emilio Estevez considered quitting the film business.
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Whenever Jeremy and his father are alone together, Jeremy is usually in shadow while his father is framed in light.
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The three types of cars that the fictional dealership 'Collier Motor' sells are Buick, Chevrolet, and Oldsmobile.
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James Duff wrote the original story as well as the screenplay. He is also a producer of this film.
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Karen's boyfriend Donald drives a 1960's Blue Classic Mustang in the film.
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This film reunited Emilio Estevez (Jeremy) with Lane Smith (Uncle Howe) since their collaboration in the "Mighty Ducks" series.
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Jeremy, played by Emilio Estevez, is a post-traumatic war veteran from Vietnam. Estevez' first ever acting credit was as a messenger boy in his father's Vietnam war film Apocalypse Now (1979) (the scene was cut from the film).
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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.
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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).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The film makes several references to previous Vietnam movies such as Born on the Fourth of July (1989) (the reunion of the protagonist and former love interest in a café), Platoon (1986) (the tracking shot of the veteran looking at the recruit), and Full Metal Jacket (1987) (the protagonist being pressured into killing an enemy).
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Tuan Tran plays the Viet Cong soldier that Jeremy is forced to execute in Vietnam. Tran's first credited role was that of another Viet Cong soldier in Heaven & Earth (1993).
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