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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 & 16 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:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

In the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006), this movie was used as an example of how much more strict the MPAA had become with regards to the sexual content of movies since the 1970s. It was noted that this movie got an R-rating despite a long scene where a woman reaches an orgasm from oral sex, whereas similar scenes made in the 1990s and 2000s gave their respective movies (especially Boys Don't Cry (1999) and The Cooler (2003)) an initial NC-17 rating. [Note: the NC-17 rating didn't debut until September 1990, 12 years after this movie.] See more »

Goofs

When Sally (Jane Fonda) had Luke Martin (Jon Voight) over for dinner, she takes a pitcher of Margaritas out of the refrigerator which is about half full, without the foam. After she finishes mixing it on the blender, the pitcher is only shy an inch or two from the top. See more »

Quotes

Vi Munson: So, Bob, tell us about your foot.
Capt. Bob Hyde: Its not my foot, it's my leg and it's a god damn bore. Just like this whole f*ckin' war is boring. But, ladies, ha-ha, ole Bob has got to tell you one thing that is not boring and that is a good ole U.S. of A. martini! Of which, I am going to partake, as much as I can and as quick as I can.
Vi Munson: Drink it up. I made gallons.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in High Chaparall: Gary Busey (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Once I Was
(1967)
Written by Tim Buckley (uncredited)
Performed by Tim Buckley
Elektra Records
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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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