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The War at Home (film)

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Director  Emilio Estevez
Initial DVD release  September 3, 2002
Language  English
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Budget  3 million USD
Country  U.S.A.
The War at Home (film) movie poster
Release date  20 November 1996
Writer  James Duff (play), James Duff (screenplay)
Cast  Emilio Estevez (Jeremy Collier), Kathy Bates (Maurine Collier), Martin Sheen (Bob Collier), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Karen Collier)
Similar movies  The War (1994), In Country (1989), Tigerland (2000), 1969 (1988), Coming Home (1978)
Tagline  There Is A Secret About To Explode.

The war at home 1996 movie emilio estevez kathy bates martin sheen

The War at Home is a 1996 Vietnam War drama film starring, directed, and co-produced by Emilio Estevez. The film also stars Kathy Bates and Martin Sheen. Writer James Duff adapted his 1984 play Home Front.


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Jeremy Collier is a returning Vietnam War hero whose experiences leave him unable to adjust to the quiet realities of small town life. Bob Collier, Jeremy's father, expects his son to go back to his life as it was, without understanding the problems of PTSD. Jeremy's mother, Maurine, treats him "like he's a 10-year-old," and seems to think he should forget about his war experiences. His sister Karen is more understanding of his readjustment problems, but their father doesn't want her to help her brother.


When the family's Thanksgiving celebration occurs and Jeremy refuses to put on his "nice" clothes and instead decides to wear his combat uniform and medal. At the conclusion of the Thanksgiving celebration, Jeremy pulls his handgun on his father and his family, explaining the hate he feels for his father because he wouldn't lend Jeremy money to leave the country to escape the draft.


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  • Kathy Bates as Maurine Collier
  • Martin Sheen as Bob Collier
  • Emilio Estevez as Jeremy Collier
  • Kimberly Williams as Karen Collier
  • Corin Nemec as Donald
  • Carla Gugino as Melissa
  • Ann Hearn as Professor Tracey
  • Production

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    The film was made for $3 million, following a deal Estevez cut with Disney (who would later under-promote the film) to appear in D3: The Mighty Ducks, and was distributed by Touchstone Pictures. The soundtrack is faithful to the time period, using music from artists such as Buffalo Springfield, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. Singer Jena Kraus is featured singing a folk version of the song "Me and Bobby Mcgee" as well.


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    The film was released in theatres on November 20, 1996. It was a box office failure, grossing only $43,000. The film was released on DVD in the US in September 2002.


    The War at Home 1996 IMDb

    The film received mixed reviews, with a 60% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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    Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B- and said, "The Vietnam-flashback material doesn’t resonate as sharply as it did when screenwriter James Duff first presented this as a stage play in 1984. But with Sheen doing a nice turn as a bewildered Dad and Kathy Bates such a nerve-rattling force as the kill-em-with-cleanliness mother, the agonized family dynamics are effectively awful." Stephen Holden of The New York Times remarked how familiar the premise was, but that the film "still finds moments of wrenching sadness in its microscopic examination of an all-American family torn apart by the Vietnam War," and praised the performances and themes.

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