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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 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


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 it takes you 17 years to get back, you can expect things to be different. See more »




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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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Did You Know?


Second appearance of Kris Kristofferson and Sam Waterston on a same film nine years after their previous encounter in Heaven's Gate (1980). See more »


Woody: Sara, has he screwed up our lives?
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(theme song)
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Sung by Willie Nelson
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What a nicely done film!
3 May 2002 | by nleoboldSee all my reviews

This was a really nice surprise. I was up late last night and couldn't fall asleep. Not really thinking twice, I turned on my TV and HBO was on, and this film was just beginning. Luckily I saw the whole thing, and I am very happy I did. Because this film was very good. The actors were well-cast, and they did a surprisingly good job. Kris Kristofferson delivered a solid performance, there was a lot of substance behind his lines. This film made me realize he's a good actor. Brian Keith was great as his father, as was Trey Wilson playing the Colonel (this was Trey Wilson's final role before his untimely death. Too bad, he was a quality actor and seemed like a nice guy). Jobeth Williams also did a nice job as Kristofferson's American wife. As far as the direction, I had no idea Franklin J. Schaffner was the director until I read the review in Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide(this was the last film he ever made). Now I understand why this movie was so good. Schaffner also directed Patton, a truly great movie(I haven't seen his other great film, Papillon). While I was watching "Welcome Home", I said to myself, "this director really knows what he's doing," not knowing that Schaffner had directed it. There's one really beautiful scene in a Thai orphan refuge, enough to bring tears to my eyes. Not only was this sensitively directed, but it was also directed in a very economical and taut way. There is nothing wasted in Schaffner's effort. The script was one reason this film is so good. The writer doesn't weigh the actors down with too many lines. It was written very simply but very effectively. It just shows you that a lot can be said with few words. This film also made me proud to be an American, at the same time that it showed you how beautiful ALL people are.

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