Coming Home

(DVD - 2002)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Coming Home
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A sad, poignant love story set against the social upheaval of the Vietnam war. Set in 1968, the story concerns a woman who, while her husband is serving in Vietnam, falls in love with a paraplegic while performing volunteer work at a San Diego veterans hospital.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : MGM/UA Home Video, 2002.
ISBN: 0792852206
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Dec 18, 2013
  • jpozenel rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This movie seems a bit overrated. When it was made, the U.S. had already left Vietnam, so it didn't appear to be "edgy" in any way. It may be nitpicking, but Bruce Dern's haircut as a Marine officer really bothered me. This was true for other actors portraying active duty soldiers too. How difficult would it have been to give them haircuts? You just don't get away with hair like that in the military.

Feb 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A stirring, heavy human drama. Jon Voight was exceptional as the bitter, broken veteran; softened and transformed through the caring, feminine tenderness of Jane Fonda. One of Bruce Dern's better roles, also. I was shocked at the turn of events when his mildly perturbed character was "locked and loaded" at film's end.

Jan 23, 2013
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a 1978 drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern.
It is based loosely on the novel of the same name by George Davis.
The plot follows a love triangle among Sally (Jane Honda), her Marine husband (Bruce Dern) and Luke Martin---the paralyzed Vietnam War veteran (Jon Voight) and her former classmate---Sally meets while her husband is overseas.
Luke had gone to Vietnam but came back wounded.
He is recuperating at the hospital from the injuries he sustained in the Vietnam War and which left him a paraplegic.
Filled with pain, anger, and frustration, Luke is now opposed to the war.
At first, Luke is a bitter young man.
As he is increasingly thrown into contact with Sally, however, a relationship starts to develop and deepens.
They have happy times, play at the beach, and the two fall in love.
Their lovemaking is quite something!
Meanwhile Billy (Luke's friend), traumatized by his experiences at war, commits suicide by injecting air into his veins.
After Billy’s suicide, Luke has only one obsession: that is, do anything to stop sending young men off to war.
Fonda and Voight won an Academy Award for their performances.
Although this is an anti-war movie, it is also quite interesting to see the love triangle as a human drama.

Sep 19, 2010
  • Septum rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Watching this movie and the additional material in the Special Features section of the disc has given me a new respect for Jane Fonda and Jon Voight. This movie is the most beautiful and moving experience I have ever had about the aftermath of the Vietnam War. So many movies about the Vietnam War are full of horror and pain and hopelessness. This movie does not sugarcoat the horrific acts of war and the consequences, but this movie does show how love can transform us, if we allow ourselves to be open to its restorative power. If we shut ourselves off from love and prefer to live in our despair and hate, then, we will not be able to recover. This movie is romantic, while being both honest and real in its depiction of a wide range of emotional responses to the problems of war.


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Feb 23, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Luke Martin: "...I have killed for my country, or whatever, and I don't feel good about it. Cuz there's not enough reason, man, to feel a person die in your hands, or to see your best buddy get blown away."

Sep 19, 2010
  • Septum rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

From the scene at the bar in Hong Kong when Sally goes to meet her husband for his R&R Days.

Sally Hyde (Jane Fonda):
"Tell me what the War is like."

Captain Bob Hyde (Bruce Dern):
"I don't know what it's like. I only know what it is. The TV shows you what it's like, but they sure don't show you what it is."


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