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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.

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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 is the first orchestral score for one of Emilio Estevez's films he'd personally directed. Danny Elfman, who scored his directorial debut, Wisdom and his pairing with his real life brother, Charlie Sheen, the comedy Men At Work which was scored by former POLICE drummer, Stewart Copeland were both electronic scores. About a decade later in 2006, Mark Isham would provide an orchestral score to his film, Bobby. Tyler Bates would become Estevez's composer of choice with the films Rated X and The Way soon after. This film sadly would be the first and last collaboration between, Basil Poledouris and Estevez, despite the fact that he personally wanted to work with him again before his untimely passing ten years after this film was made. See more »

Quotes

Karen Collier: Okay, I know you don't want to hear this right now. And I know you think I'm a complete idiot, and I know that the last you want to do right now is have a conversation with me.
Jeremy Collier: Knowledge is power.
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Rebel with a cause
12 July 2001 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The connection with James Dean?In a short plan ,we see Emilio Estevez toying with a teddy bear(remember the first scene of Ray's "rebel without a cause").Moreover,the main conflict is Estevez versus Sheen,father against son,as in "East of Eden".The soldier has come home,and nobody has been able to communicate with him, even his sister (a psychology student,what a derision).The mother,a crude matron (a superb Kathy Bates),gets bogged down in nougatine ,she 's not able to understand that her values (religion,family) have become a thing of the past,specially for someone like his son whose innocence was betrayed. The father ,an irresolute man ,under his wife's thumb,although he tries hard to play the macho,wanted to make up for the mediocrity of his life .So he saved his "honor" by forcing his son to do his duty.The scene in which Estevez's hatred for his father explodes is very intense.The actor-director gives a restrained performance,interiorized,as Lee Strasberg's students used to do,and his final burst of anger is increased tenfold so.


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