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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:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene, the camera slowly heads towards the dinner table. Bob (Martin Sheen) is facing the camera on the far end of the table, Maureen (Kathy Bates) is to his right, and Jeremy (Emilio Estevez) is to his left. This position of the family and the shot is lifted from another family drama film Ordinary People (1980). See more »

Quotes

Jeremy Collier: I'm not having dinner
Bob Collier: And why not?
Jeremy Collier: I had a big breakfast.
Bob Collier: Jeremy, I'm not joking around out here!
Jeremy Collier: I'm not laughin' around in here!
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References Cactus Flower (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
Written by James Milton Black
Performed by Kathy Bates
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Extraordinary Film
23 May 2004 | by irishcoffee630See all my reviews

The most intense and powerful film I have seen in years. There have been other films before that delved into the Vietnam Vet but nothing compared to this emotionally heartwrenching film, as a typical American suburban family, circa 1972, comes apart at the seams, revealing the scars that Vietnam has left on our all of our collective souls. The cast is A++++ fantastic with all four actors(with Kathy Bates a stand-out) giving riveting performances. What is wonderful about this film is that you take no sides, but understand all four characters and empathize with them, even though all four have divergent viewpoints and needs. There are scenes in here that are so powerful as family secrets and feelings are revealed(such as the confrontation between son and mother) that will have you emotionally drained and in tears of anguish. I actually cried in this film, something I rarely do. The shocking end is a stunner! A much overlooked film that should be seen. I rate this 1996 film a 10/10 a superlative piece. Highly recommended especially in this day and age with again, our country embroiled in a hideous war, our headlines shouting of atrocities and again, our young men and women returning with deep psychological scars, with their deep pain of deeds done in the line of honor. A must see film.


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