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Coming Home (1978)

A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there.

Director:

Hal Ashby

Writers:

Waldo Salt (screenplay), Robert C. Jones (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 3 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Sally Hyde
Jon Voight ... Luke Martin
Bruce Dern ... Capt. Bob Hyde
Penelope Milford ... Vi Munson
Robert Carradine ... Bill Munson
Robert Ginty ... Sgt. Dink Mobley
Mary Gregory Mary Gregory ... Martha Vickery
Kathleen Miller ... Kathy Delise
Beeson Carroll ... Capt. Earl Delise
Willie Tyler Willie Tyler ... Virgil
Louis Carello Louis Carello ... Bozo (as Lou Carello)
Charles Cyphers ... Pee Wee
Olivia Cole ... Corrine
Tresa Hughes ... Nurse Degroot
Bruce French ... Dr. Lincoln
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Storyline

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 Jwelch5742

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Taglines:

A man who believed in war! A man who believed in nothing! And a woman who believed in both of them!

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The opening scene where the vets in the hospital are talking was unscripted. They were real Vietnam vets discussing their own views about the war. Jon Voight was supposed to have added to the dialogue, but out of respect, stayed silent and listened. See more »

Goofs

Not only is Bob's long hair and mustache out of place for a marine captain, there isn't a military haircut on any able-bodied soldier in the film. See more »

Quotes

Sally Hyde: [In a crowded bar in Hong Kong] Bob, let's just be alone for a few minutes.
Capt. Bob Hyde: We are alone.
Sally Hyde: There's something wrong, Bob.
Capt. Bob Hyde: It's not you - it's, it's 'em, it's f*cked up, it's all this bull sh*t about Nam, it's in my head, I can't get it out.
Sally Hyde: Well, why don't you talk to me about it? I want to know what it's like.
Capt. Bob Hyde: I don't know what it's - I don't know what it is? The TV shows what it's like. It sure as hell don't show - what it is.
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Crazy Credits

Four members of the film crew are designated as "Friends who did everything". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mad About You: Coming Home (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Strawberry Fields Forever
(1967)
Written by Paul McCartney (uncredited) and John Lennon (uncredited)
Performed by The Beatles (as Beatles)
EMI Records Inc.
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One of the best Vietnam films
12 September 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Sally (Jane Fonda) has a husband fighting in Vietnam and she feels optimistic about American involvement there. However she works at a hospital as a nurse and soon becomes caretaker of a bitter war veteran named Luke (Jon Voight).

At first, she is repelled by him - but over time grows to love him and admires his cause. (Luke feels the Vietnam War is a mistake and that countless innocent lives are being pointlessly lost.) "Coming Home" is the quintessential Vietnam War film - it's anti-war, pessimistic, gritty, depressing, and ultimately sort of whining. Some Vietnam films to go a bit overboard on the "tears for the poor souls" stuff and become very politically correct - "Coming Home" is like this and that might turn some viewers off.

However I thought the plot, characters, directing and writing were all interesting. Hal Ashby ("Shampoo") shows talent behind the camera and Jon Voight and Jane Fonda display chemistry in front of it.

I'm not typically a fan of Voight (or even Fonda to be honest) but they both do a good job here. Voight's final rousing speech to the classroom of students at the movie is simultaneously touching and uplifting. And the love scene is handled with care and doesn't seem gratuitous or unnecessary.

"Coming Home" may have its flaws, but I think it's one of the better "Vietnam movies" to come out of the era. You should see it if you enjoyed "The Deer Hunter" or "Platoon."


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buffalo Ghosts See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$32,653,905

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,653,905
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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