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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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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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Details

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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Technical Specs

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 the family is eating their burnt breakfast, the close-up of the father's plate shows everything except the eggs totally burnt and black. In the next shot, not only his is toast only slightly burnt, but the position of the food on his plate has changed too. See more »

Quotes

Stephen: You otta call um the Limpkickies.
Stu: I like the Limpdickies.
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When the credits are over and the music ends, we hear a helicopter. See more »


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Think
Written by Aretha Franklin and Ted White
Performed by Aretha Franklin
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A BEAUTIFUL MOVIE MORE WORTHY OF ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
23 January 2002 | by jseneca78See all my reviews

The War starring Kevin Kostner, Elijah Wood, and Mare Winningham was released in 1994. The film was fantastic and all the actors in the film were magnificent!! The acting by all involved was great. Especially that of Kevin Kostner and Eljah Wood. Both of which were worthy of Academy Awards, but unfortunately were not nominated. The film holds many valuable life lessons/morals. The movie is one that catches hold of you from the beginning and doesn't let up until the end. Yet, leaving you with a feeling that is almost unbelievable!!!!! The purpose of this film is to make us all think, and what more can anyone ask of a movie? I have seen this film many times and I enjoy it each and every time I see it. This movie is DRAMA at it's best with a bit of humor thrown in as it goes along. I must also mention that this is a very powerful and emotion-filled movie. I recommend that you pay close attention to detail if you hope to have a "complete" impact from this film!! This is a beautiful movie that all should see. I recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it. By renting or buying this movie, you will bring a bit of joy to your own life.....so see it at all costs!!! You won't regret that decision!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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