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The War (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama | 4 November 1994 (USA)
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An emotionally fractured Vietnam vet returns to his family in rural Mississippi, counseling his kids when they have to fight their own neighborhood battle. From the director of Fried Green Tomatoes.

Director:

Jon Avnet

Writer:

Kathy McWorter
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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

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Trivia

Film debut of Lucas Black. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Arliss Lipnicki: Where'd you get all them ice creams from, anyhow?
Billy Lipnicki: A big airplane just dropped 'em outta tha sky!
Ebb Lipnicki: If you don't honest up, Billy, we're gonna scrub you down with lipstick so everyone thinks you got diaper rash, how 'bout it?
Billy Lipnicki: Nuh-uh!
Leo Lipnicki: Yes-huh! And after that, we're gonna shave your head bald as a witch's tit!
Billy Lipnicki: I ain't gonna look like no witch's tit!
Leo Lipnicki: Yes you will if you don't hurry up and tell us.
Billy Lipnicki: Well you can cut off every hair on my head, but I ain't tellin' you ding-diddly-ding-diddly-ding-dang-dong!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Normal Life (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Someday We'll Be Together
Written by Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol (as John Bristol) and Jackey Beavers
Performed by The Supremes
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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A rather good film
25 January 2002 | by sonofhadesSee all my reviews

With solid play acting by Kevin Costner and young Elijah Wood. The storyline could have been a bit more effective, and I felt the scenes from the war were so totally separate from the rest of it, they had little meaning in the film, the "madness" of the father did not appear in the film at all. Perhaps he was cured of it then, but somehow it would have felt better to concentrate on that aspect instead of the few action scenes about the war.

The end with the childrens' war was also a bit... too powerful, i.e. molotov cocktail's used by kids did seem a bit odd.

All in all, a rather solid movie that you should watch if you like a drama movie, but there are some better ones around.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The War See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaufort, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,203,275, 6 November 1994

Gross USA:

$16,928,556

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,928,556
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Company Credits

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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