Coming Home

Overview

Hal Ashby's 1978 melodrama examines the impact of the Vietnam War on the "war at home" among the men who fought it and the women in their lives. Left alone in Los Angeles when her gung-ho Marine husband Bob Bruce Dern heads to Vietnam in 1968, proper wife Sally Hyde Jane Fonda decides to volunteer at the V.A. hospital where her new friend Vi Penelope Milford works. There she meets Luke Martin Jon Voight, a former high-school classmate and Marine who has returned from 'Nam a bitter paraplegic. As their ...
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Overview

Hal Ashby's 1978 melodrama examines the impact of the Vietnam War on the "war at home" among the men who fought it and the women in their lives. Left alone in Los Angeles when her gung-ho Marine husband Bob Bruce Dern heads to Vietnam in 1968, proper wife Sally Hyde Jane Fonda decides to volunteer at the V.A. hospital where her new friend Vi Penelope Milford works. There she meets Luke Martin Jon Voight, a former high-school classmate and Marine who has returned from 'Nam a bitter paraplegic. As their relationship grows, Sally sees the effect of the war on the soldiers after they come back, inspiring her to rethink her priorities; Luke's spirits begin to lift, and a hospital tragedy helps focus his anger toward meaningful protest. After a Hong Kong visit with her increasingly withdrawn husband, Sally finds a love and companionship with Luke that she had never known with her husband. Once Bob comes home with his own injury, however, the three must find a way to deal with a changing world and with a system that betrayed the men fighting for it.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Originating as a project for Jane Fonda's production company, Coming Home took five years to get made, but it was still part of the first wave of Hollywood movies to address the controversial Vietnam War. With the presence of outspoken antiwar activist "Hanoi Jane" as the star, and fellow activist Haskell Wexler behind the camera, Coming Home espoused a clear antiwar stance, personalized through the characters' coming to consciousness over the war's toll. The cinéma vérité shooting style, particularly in the opening scene of vets discussing whether they'd fight again if they were able, enhances the story's intimacy. No one experiences the war the same way, but no one comes away unscathed. Coming Home was praised for its sensitive performances, Jon Voight won the New York Film Critics Circle prize for Best Actor, and it was nominated for eight Oscars, but it was quickly overshadowed by Michael Cimino's more inflammatory Vietnam epic The Deer Hunter. Still, although The Deer Hunter won Best Picture, Fonda and Voight won Best Actress and Best Actor, and Nancy Dowd, Waldo Salt, and Robert C. Jones won an Oscar for their screenplay. By leaving the fighting offscreen and the ending ambiguous, Coming Home potently captured the elusive yet irreversible psychological disruption in the wake of Vietnam.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2014
  • UPC: 738329148324
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Kl Studio Classics
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 2:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 87,187

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Fonda Sally Hyde
Jon Voight Luke Martin
Bruce Dern Captain Bob Hyde
Robert Ginty Sgt. Dink Mobley
Penelope Milford Viola Munson
Robert Carradine Bill Munson
Ron Amador Beany
Ken Augustine Ken
Cornelius H. Austin Jr. Corny
Willie Tyler Virgil
Jonathan Banks Marine at Party
Beeson Carroll Captain Carl Delise
David Clennon Tim
Olivia Cole Corrine
Pat Corley Harris
Charles Cyphers Pee Wee
Gary Lee Davis Marine Recruiter
Sally Frei Connie
Bruce French Dr. Lincoln
Mary Gregory Martha Vickery
Teresa Hughes Nurse De Groot
Mary Jackson Fleta Wilson
Richard Lawson Pat
Marc McClure Highschool Class President
Kathleen Miller Kathy Delise
Stacey Pickren Sophie
James G. Richardson Marine at Party
Arthur Rosenberg Bruce
Dennis Rucker Marine at Party
Tony Santoro Porsche Policeman
Rita Taggart Johnson
Danny Tucker Monty
Gwen van Dam Mrs. Harris
Technical Credits
Hal Ashby Director
Nancy Dowd Screenwriter
George P. Gaines Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Michael Haller Production Designer
Jerome Hellman Producer
Michael W. Hoffman Costumes/Costume Designer
Buzz Knudson Sound/Sound Designer
Chuck Myers Asst. Director
Jennifer Parsons Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Jones Screenwriter
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Waldo Salt Screenwriter
Silvio Scarano Costumes/Costume Designer
James L. Schoppe Production Designer
Donald Thorin Camera Operator
Frank Warner Sound Editor
Haskell Wexler Cinematographer
Don Zimmerman Editor
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