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Going Home (1971)

GP | | Drama | 1972 (Norway)
Nineteen year old Jimmy Graham has grown up to be an angry young man based on his experiences, including not having either his mother or father in his life as he was growing up. When he was... See full summary »

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Herbert B. Leonard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Harry K. Graham
Brenda Vaccaro ... Jenny Benson
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Jimmy Graham
Jason Bernard Jason Bernard ... Jimmy - Age 6
Sally Kirkland ... Ann Graham
Joseph Attles Joseph Attles ... Bible Man
Lou Gilbert Lou Gilbert ... Mr. Katz
Josh Mostel ... Bonelli
David Wilson ... Sailor #1
Glenn Walken Glenn Walken ... Sailor #2
Clay Watkins Clay Watkins ... Sailor #3
Bruce Kornbluth Bruce Kornbluth ... Sailor #4
Tom Spratley Tom Spratley ... Guard
Barbara Brownell ... Betsy
Carol Gustafson Carol Gustafson ... Ella
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Nineteen year old Jimmy Graham has grown up to be an angry young man based on his experiences, including not having either his mother or father in his life as he was growing up. When he was six, Jimmy saw his mother, Ann Graham, die before his eyes, she killed by his father Harry Graham in a drunken rage. Jimmy's testimony helped put his father away. Jimmy's anger often manifests itself in passive-aggressive behavior. When Jimmy is rejected from joining the military due to medical reasons, he, at a loss, decides to search out Harry, who he knows has now been paroled. He finds Harry living in a trailer park in a community close to their old Pennsylvania home. Harry is also in a relationship with a woman named Jenny Benson, who also lives in the trailer park in a Winnebago. Jenny knows all about Harry's past. While Harry wants to be whatever Jimmy wants him to be in his life, Jimmy exhibits that passive-aggressiveness toward Harry, being generally cordial to him to his face while doing ... Written by Huggo

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Harry Graham is going home after 15 years in prison. His son still wants to see him hang. See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1972 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mancha do Passado See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape May, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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In his 2017 bio of Harlan Ellison, Nat Segaloff states that the story for this film was inspired by Ellison's 1956 short story, "No Fourth Commandment," which screenwriter Lawrence B. Marcus had originally adapted for the 1963 Alfred Pongratz, which was also produced by Herbert B. Leonard, the director of this feature. "Ellison was neither credited nor paid for this reuse," Segaloff writes. See more »

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Although George DiCenzo is credited onscreen as "Sergeant," he actually plays one of the drunken sailors. See more »

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Harry K. Graham: Do you think I've always been a playboy bowler?
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Bizarre But Worth Watching for Mitchum's Performance
23 June 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Going Home (1971)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This rather bizarre drama features Robert Mitchum playing a man who gets released from prison after thirteen years for killing his wife in cold blood. His now adult son (Jan-Michael Vincent) comes to stay with him in hopes of reconnecting as well as finding out what happened that night. GOING HOME seems to be trying to be one of those dark dramas that were starting to take over the decade. Think FIVE EASY PIECES but in this case the movie was serving as a comeback for star Mitchum who ended his brief retirement for this picture. This is an extremely bizarre film and from what I've read it was one of several pictures that MGM cut and re-arranged so that they could avoid an R-rating. I'm not sure what the complete history is and there are some really strange plot points but the film is still worth seeing for the performance of Mitchum. It's really a shame that the film didn't match the excellent performance because we're given an interesting story but very little is done with it. The thought of a kid witnessing his dad kill his mom and then trying to reconnect with him was something that should have worked but the film never makes too much sense in what it's trying to do. You'd think that we'd have sympathy for the kid but we don't because he's a complete weirdo and a creepy. You'd think we could understand this because of what happened to him as a child but the movie doesn't even try to play that angle and instead he's just shown as a very bad person and especially after a plot twist that happens towards the end. Again, I've read that in the original version this made more sense but by cutting the picture it really does seem that the studio hurt not only the film but whatever they were going for with the character. Again, Mitchum is excellent in his role and you could say it's one of his more memorable performances from the later part of his career. He was quite believable in the role of the father and made you care for the guy and want to see him get his life in order. Brenda Vaccaro is excellent as his girlfriend and she certainly helped carry the film. Vincent is good in his part but I just wonder what else the film had to offer his part. GOING HOME is still worth seeing for the Mitchum performance but there are just so many unanswered questions remaining.


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