Coming Home (1978)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance, War


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

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  • Jane Fonda and Jon Voight in Coming Home (1978)
  • Jane Fonda and Jon Voight in Coming Home (1978)
  • Jane Fonda and Jon Voight in Coming Home (1978)
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19 April 1999 | Doctor_Bombay
An important film.
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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