Coming Home (1978)

 coming home“I have killed for my country, or whatever, and I don’t feel good about it. Coz there’s not enough reason, man, to feel a person die in your hands, or to see your best buddy get blown away.” Luke Martin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 May 2014)

Brief Synopsis – The story of 3 people deeply affected by The Vietnam War; a wounded soldier, an Officer on his way to the front and the woman who loves them both.

My Take on it – Great movie about the horrors of the aftermath of war.

This was one of the first anti-Vietnam movies to be made and all 4 of the main actors are excellent here.

Jon Voight, Jane Fonda, Bruce Dern and Penelope Milford were all nominated for Oscars for their roles with Voight and Fonda going home with Gold statues that year.

The themes explored in this movie were completely new territory at the time and it was a very bold and risky move to make a movie like this so soon after the war ended.

Ironically, it lost Best Picture that year to another anti-Vietnam war themed movie The Deer Hunter (1978) and Dern (who was amazing in this movie) lost his Oscar bid to Christopher Walken who was also in that movie.

This movie was very reminiscent of The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) in its view of veterans (wounded or not) and their reintegration into society.

The soundtrack is amazing here.  It uses lots of Beatles songs and other 60’s era anti-war, free spirits songs.

Bottom Line – Excellent anti-war film that deals with soldiers returning to their lives after seeing combat.  Great performances by everyone involved.  Voight and Fonda won Oscars for this movie.  Highly Recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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