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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

Gross USA:

$44,722

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,722
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The three types of cars that the fictional dealership 'Collier Motor' sells are Buick, Chevrolet, and Oldsmobile. See more »

Quotes

Bob Collier: This is MY house!
Karen Collier: This is your house? You know what, you can HAVE IT! What does that mean, this is my house? What does that MEAN?
[runs upstairs]
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Connections

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

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We Gather Together
Written by Adrianus Valerius and English lyrics by Theodore Baker
Performed by Kathy Bates
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In praise of a well written and acted film.
30 November 2002 | by pazu7See all my reviews

This film easily rivals the emotional strength, the dramatic impact and the top-notch performances of "12 Angry Men". I rented it on a whim and was amazed that I had not heard of it before.

I do not know if this was Emilio Estevez's directorial debut, but the pacing, the interplay and development of the characters as well as the some clever camera work surrounding the character Estevez plays all suggest a natural eye.

The interplay between Martin and Emilio contains the same wonderful chemistry we saw in Wall Street with Martin and Charlie. Kathy Bates is wonderful in her characters subtle desperation and escapism; a variation on her characters in "At Play In The Fields Of The Lord". She is irritating and yet one can empathize with her at the same time.

There are some moments where I feel the plot slows a touch and the moments between Estevez and his ex-girlfriend almost seem written for another film, Estevez comes off as another character all together. But those are minor complaints.

This film must be based on a true story or must have been written by someone who lived these experiences. I rate it 8 out of a difficult 10.


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