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Welcome Home (1989)

Jake died in Vietnam; his family mourned him, then moved on. When he reappears, quite alive, the question is, what must he do and how will his family respond to him?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris Kristofferson ... Jake
JoBeth Williams ... Sarah
Sam Waterston ... Woody
Brian Keith ... Harry Robins
Thomas Wilson Brown ... Tyler
Trey Wilson ... Colonel Barnes
John Marshall Jones ... Dwayne (as J.J.)
Ken Pogue ... Senator Camden
Kieu Chinh ... Leang
Matthew Beckett Matthew Beckett ... Kim
Jessica Ramien Jessica Ramien ... Siv
Larry Reynolds ... Dr. Quayle
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Woman
Drew Comin Drew Comin ... Little Boy
Gene Clark Gene Clark ... Coach Wallace
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Jake died in Vietnam; his family mourned him, then moved on. When he reappears, quite alive, the question is, what must he do and how will his family respond to him? Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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When the husband you buried 17 years ago shows up on your doorstep, how do you introduce him to the offspring he never knew...and to the man who's taken his place? See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bienvenido a casa See more »

Filming Locations:

Huntsville, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,029,822
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Last film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. See more »

Quotes

Tyler: I didn't mean to hurt you, Woody.
Woody: I don't like to sound old-fashioned but if you can't manage 'dad' anymore, I prefer sir.
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Soundtracks

WELCOME HOME, WELCOME HOME
(theme song)
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Sung by Willie Nelson
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I always say this is the worst movie I've ever seen
4 October 2000 | by pageclotSee all my reviews

I saw this movie in the theatres in 1989, and it's horrible memory lingers on to this day. What to mention first? The gushing tears that too often grace the character's cheeks? The horrible plot device of having JoBeth Williams kneel in front of her record player crying while Your Song by Elton John plays in the background? The sappy teenaged son of JoBeth and Kris?

The convenient million or so dollars that Uncle Sam drops in Kris' lap, allowing him to buy a house and a car, unlike most other Vietnam Vets?

Or the ease and guiltlessness with which JoBeth hops in the sack with Kris again, after all these years, and despite his deathmasklike craggy features, and despite being married to a much nicer guy, Sam Waterston, who plays the cuckold well, but is totally wasted in this picture.

Insipid soundtrack and gushy spineless characters. Not a good combo.

How I wish Kris' former family turned their backs on him, after asking a few penetrating questions like "Where the hell have you been?" or "Why didn't you try to get in touch with us?" or "How's about moving to another part of the country and leaving us alone?"


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