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The War (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama | 4 November 1994 (USA)
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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>

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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 »

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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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Production Co:

Island World See more »
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DTS | DTS-Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film debut of Brennan Gallagher who played Marsh in the film. See more »

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Amber's hands after she jumps from the tree with the rope. See more »

Quotes

Stu: My daddy says that people can do anything they want to as long as they believe they can. Please, God, let him live. You took my dad, don't take Billy. He's just a little kid.
[to Billy]
Stu: You gotta wake up now, you gotta live. You gotta!
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Polk Salad Annie
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The war without & the war within...
26 January 1999 | by MorlockSee all my reviews

It has been said that Vietnam is America's most unpopular war, but in light of both popular opinion and critical oversight, the namesake film may just inch Vietnam out of that role.

The title not only refers to the Vietnam War, which has an appropriate albeit very limited place in the film, but it also refers to the literal war that the children continuously wage with one another and the figurative war that rages within each of them...for identity and purpose.

Personally, I don't feel that "The War" deserves the press it received (or the lack thereof). It is a beautifully crafted film from its intricate, multi-layered story to its moving, realistic performances to its homestyle, nostalgic cinematography.

"The War" combines some of the best elements of "Forrest Gump" and "Fried Green Tomatoes." It captures the nostalgia of its timeframe, the innocence and naivete of youth, the situational humor of the moment, the consequences one's decisions and actions bring, and the tragedy of life. It even contains a couple of "musical" period moments.

Its structure harkens very closely to that of "To Kill a Mockingbird" (my favorite film). Both de-emphasize the star talent (Gregory Peck/Kevin Costner), who still performs remarkably and effectively in a supporting role. Both also utilize a (female) narrator who "bookends" the story in a quasi-flashback style, as well as plays a pivotal (if not the starring) role in the story. Each narrator tells the story of her brother and her father: their growth and what has been learned from and about them.

"Sometimes all it takes is a split second to do something you regret the whole rest of your life." What a great and appropriate theme for a film that few went to see. No wonder so many problems still exist in the world.


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