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Coming Home (1978)

A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there.

Director:

Hal Ashby

Writers:

Waldo Salt (screenplay), Robert C. Jones (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Sally Hyde
Jon Voight ... Luke Martin
Bruce Dern ... Capt. Bob Hyde
Penelope Milford ... Vi Munson
Robert Carradine ... Bill Munson
Robert Ginty ... Sgt. Dink Mobley
Mary Gregory Mary Gregory ... Martha Vickery
Kathleen Miller ... Kathy Delise
Beeson Carroll Beeson Carroll ... Capt. Earl Delise
Willie Tyler Willie Tyler ... Virgil
Louis Carello Louis Carello ... Bozo (as Lou Carello)
Charles Cyphers ... Pee Wee
Olivia Cole ... Corrine
Tresa Hughes ... Nurse Degroot
Bruce French ... Dr. Lincoln
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Storyline

Sally Bender is the wife of a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is sent over to Vietnam, and Sally is alone. With nothing else to do, she decides to volunteer at a local veteran's hospital, where she meets Luke, who went to high school with Sally. Luke was wounded and is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. When Sally begins to fall in love with Luke, she has to make a crucial decision about her life. Written by Jwelch5742

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Taglines:

A man who believed in war! A man who believed in nothing! And a woman who believed in both of them!

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buffalo Ghosts See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$32,653,905

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,653,905
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The role of Luke Martin was originally offered to Sylvester Stallone. See more »

Goofs

When Sally (Jane Fonda) had Luke Martin (Jon Voight) over for dinner, she takes a pitcher of Margaritas out of the refrigerator which is about half full, without the foam. After she finishes mixing it on the blender, the pitcher is only shy an inch or two from the top. See more »

Quotes

Luke Martin: You know, I spend 95% of the time at the hospital thinking of making love with you.
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Crazy Credits

Four members of the film crew are designated as "Friends who did everything". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star Spangled Banner
(1814) (uncredited)
Music by John Stafford Smith
Played by a band on television
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An important film.
19 April 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

This film, the `other' 1978 movie about the Vietnam War, `Coming Home' takes a different approach than Michael Cimino's stark, shocking, `The Deer Hunter', which won a Best Picture Oscar.

Cimino used a power approach to deliver his message, drumming the filmgoer with sounds and images. Hal Ashby's `Coming Home' uses a more subdued, character approach to explore the real price of the Vietnam War.

I'm not so sure I'd agree that either Jon Voight (Academy Award-Best Actor) or Jane Fonda (Academy Award-Best Actress) is exemplary (they both won Academy Awards) but I think they are both very good. The bottom line is that this was an important movie, at a critical time, and the subject matter and its presentation really hit home. This is a film that is impossible to ignore, in 1978, or today, no matter what your political or social sensibilities may be. The language, the attitudes of all the characters is open, honest, frank. At the time this film was made, that was indeed breakthrough, for this subject matter, paramount.

An absolute must see.


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