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The War at Home (1996)

Haunted by his experiences in the Vietnam War, a young man returns home and has trouble adjusting back to civilian life, his family and his stern father.

Director:

Emilio Estevez

Writers:

James Duff (play), James Duff (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emilio Estevez ... Jeremy Collier
Kathy Bates ... Maurine Collier
Martin Sheen ... Bob Collier
Kimberly Williams-Paisley ... Karen Collier (as Kimberly Williams)
Corin Nemec ... Donald
Ann Hearn ... Prof. Tracey
Carla Gugino ... Melissa
Marcus H. Nelson Marcus H. Nelson ... Pvt. Poe
Michael Wiseman ... Lieutenant
Jena Kraus Jena Kraus ... Coffee House Singer
Chad Morgan ... Bus Station Clerk
Penelope Allen ... Marjoree (as Penny Allen)
Geoffrey Blake ... David
Renée Estevez ... Brenda
Tuan Tran Tuan Tran ... Viet Cong
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Storyline

Jeremy Collier is a Vietnam veteran who has returned home and is struggling to cope with the war experiences that haunt him. He is also at odds with his family, who cannot begin to understand what he has been through. Jeremy's battles with his family finally spiral out of control on Thanksgiving Day, when a bitter secret is revealed. Written by Azure_Girl

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There Is A Secret About To Explode.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a war-related shooting, an intense sequence of violent threat, and for language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conflitti di famiglia See more »

Filming Locations:

Taylor, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,040, 24 November 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,722
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This was a personal project of Emilio Estevez's which he had been trying to get before the cameras for about four years during this time taking on projects such as the Mighty Duck films, Judgment Night and others to get studios interested in the project. Disney finally did in 1995 after Estevez agreed to appear in D3: The Mighty Ducks despite the fact that he was almost reluctant to return to the series along with co-star Joshua Jackson. Estevez's role in that film was basically a cameo as he was heavily involved with the making of this film. Both films would come out a month apart from one another, October-November 1996. See more »

Quotes

Karen Collier: [narration] The history of my family, like the history of civilization, is the history of war. The getting into it, and outta it, and over it... and Vietnam should have been no different. But it was. It's final battle was fought on an unrecognized front, far from the shellings and the napalm and the guns and the shooting... it was a battle my brother Jeremy fought when he came back.
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Connections

References Have Gun - Will Travel (1957) See more »

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Violin Concerto in A Minor Opus 3 No. 6
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Great Movie
18 June 2000 | by henrysarki-2See all my reviews

Not being a movie aficionado, I am not familiar with the names of leading Directors, Scriptwriters, Producers and the like, but I can tell an outstanding movie when I see one.

The makers of this fine movie could well be now at the top of their fields, or may well get there pretty soon. I know that the actors are already there.

It takes talent closer to genius to show with such realism how a national tragedy like Vietnam has impacted the everyday life of a typically average American family, and make us see at close range why there are so many homeless Vietnam veterans.

Without getting into gratuitous scenes of gore and bloodshed, it makes us understand why so many youg men had flashbacks of what they had been thru.

The dialog is particularly gripping, and gives us an idea of what went on in so many families in the aftermath of Vietnam.

I wish there were more good movies like this one, not just about Vietnam, but about other social conditions as well.


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