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The War (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama | 4 November 1994 (USA)
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Vietnam War vet Stephen Simmons must deal with a war of a different sort between his son and their friends, and a rival group of children. He also must deal with his own personal and ... See full summary »

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Kathy McWorter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elijah Wood ... Stu Simmons
Kevin Costner ... Stephen Simmons
Mare Winningham ... Lois Simmons
Lexi Randall ... Lidia Joanne Simmons
LaToya Chisholm LaToya Chisholm ... Elvadine
Christopher Fennell ... Billy Lipnicki
Donald Sellers Donald Sellers ... Arliss Lipnicki
Leon Sills Leon Sills ... Leo Lipnicki
Will West Will West ... Lester Lucket
Brennan Gallagher Brennan Gallagher ... Marsh
Adam Henderson Adam Henderson ... Chet
Charlette Julius Charlette Julius ... Amber
Jennifer Tyler Jennifer Tyler ... Ula Lipnicki
Lucas Black ... Ebb
Justin Lucas Justin Lucas ... Willard
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Storyline

Vietnam War vet Stephen Simmons must deal with a war of a different sort between his son and their friends, and a rival group of children. He also must deal with his own personal and employment problems that have resulted from his Vietnam experiences. Written by David Stumme <dstumme@rochester.rr.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What's worth fighting for?

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for the intense depiction of human struggle and conflict | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La guerra See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaufort, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$16,551,365
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Island World See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | DTS-Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The cigarettes Elvadine smokes in the movie are herbal, not tobacco. See more »

Goofs

When Stephen is telling Stu about his hospitalization, he says that the doctors diagnosed him with post-traumatic stress. That term didn't come about until Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome was included in the DSM-III, nearly ten years after the movie is set. See more »

Quotes

Stu: For what? To get our hopes up? To promise us we was gunna have a big house with a tire swing, vanity, and a picket fence, and then just leave, again? What the hell kinda loused up angel is that?
Lois: Don't you know nothing would have kept him from you. He's just gone home.
Stu: We're his home ma. The stupid lord can have him later. Why? Why does he have to take evrything, bad enough our home and all our things. Why'd he have take my daddy? What did I do so wrong that he had to take my daddy?
Lois: Oh no honey.
Stu:
[...]
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Crazy Credits

When the credits are over and the music ends, we hear a helicopter. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Game-On: Martin's Baby (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Sunshine of Your Love
(uncredited)
Composed by Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton
Written by Pete Brown
Sung during Vietnam battle scene
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Straight to my personal Best-s
17 July 2007 | by rextonSee all my reviews

Today I saw this movie for the first time and I was deeply touched by it. What I liked about the movie was the way it makes us realize what's important in life. Using no great special effects and no incredible shooting technologies this movie is worth seeing namely because of the way it makes your feelings come out into the open. It makes you think of the things you rarely stop to think of. The actors' play is wonderful and I can say this is the movie where I enjoyed Elijah Wood's playing more than anywhere else.

"The War" is already in my personal Best-s. Spending two hours watching a movie like this is much more worthy than spending that time thinking of all those unimportant issues we are dealing with during all our lives. So I recommend you to watch this film and wake up your feelings.


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