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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After the film's paltry distribution and thus small profit, Emilio Estevez considered quitting the film business. See more »

Quotes

Jeremy Collier: D'you ship to Gnome, Alaska?
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Connections

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

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The Old Rugged Cross
Written by George Bennard
Performed by Kathy Bates
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What a surprise!
16 August 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Emilio Estevez actually directed a good movie--who woulda thought? I sat through two previous films Estevez directed--"Wisdom" (with then girlfriend Demi Moore) and "Men at Work" (with brother Charlie Sheen). They are lousy films---badly acted, directed, stupid and offensive. Estevez is a good actor but lousy as a director. I turned this on in pure curiousity--it has a great cast and I had nothing else to do. Damned if it didn't pull me in.

It concerns Estevez coming home from Vietnam permanently scarred by what happened over there. His parents (Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen) and sister (Kimberly Williams) try to reach him but can't. Something in Vietnam has affected him deeply...and he's about to explode...

A bit overlong but still very good. A lot of the material is familar but the cast is so good that they make it seem new. Estevez is good, Sheen is terrific (and Estevezs' real life father), Williams is touching and Bates is just extraordinary--trying to hold the family together. It all leads up to a powerful ending which REALLY surprised me.

Well worth catching.


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