Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms.
Sally Bender is the wife of a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is sent over to Vietnam, and Sally is alone. With nothing else to do, she decides to volunteer at a local veteran's hospital, where she meets Luke, who went to high school with Sally. Luke was wounded and is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. When Sally begins to fall in love with Luke, she has to make a crucial decision about her life.Written by
Jon Voight's role of Luke Martin was loosely inspired by paralyzed Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, who was making inroads in Hollywood with his book "Born on the Fourth of July" at the time. Of course, Kovic's book and story was put on the screen in 1989, with Tom Cruise in the role of Kovic. See more »
During the basketball game with the ventriloquist as the announcer, the microphone is at the puppets mouth, not the human. See more »
Capt. Bob Hyde:
Say something else *f*ck*. Say - something - else - *f*ck*.
I'm not the enemy. Maybe the enemy is the f*cking war. But, you don't want to kill anybody here. You have enough ghosts to carry around.
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Four members of the film crew are designated as "Friends who did everything". See more »
Youngsters, please watch this and learn about life!
I watched this again after some 40 years. I was glad to see it aired. Being a Vietnam Vet, I like anything that focuses attention on the War, lest the suffering be forgotten. I read some of the reviews here. The one that says there's never a reason to go to war is nice. Only if we hadn't fought and prevailed in WWII they'd likely be writing in German or Japanese, or more likely, not writing at all.
LOVED the music. Interesting that I think mostly all the songs were played in their entirety. And to hear two Beatles songs - wow - what did that cost?
A very important and moving film, with a message not to be forgotten.
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