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Update - January 2014
I just watched this movie on Encore Classic the other night and I was still deeply moved by it. Since I have the dvd, I am going to read through the music credits one more time to see if I can add to this list.
They are organized by group.
Happy Viewing and Listening! This is a film not to be missed.
Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever, Hey Jude
Big Brother & the Holding Company with Janis Joplin - Call on Me
Tim Buckley - Once I Was
Buffalo Springfield - Expecting to Fly, For What It's Worth
Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today
Bob Dylan - Just Like a Woman
Aretha Franklin - Save Me
Richie Havens - Follow
Jimi Hendrix - Manic Depression
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
Rolling Stones - Out of Time, No Expectations, Jumpin' Jack Flash, My Girl, Ruby Tuesday, Sympathy for the Devil
Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends
Steppenwolf - Born to Be Wild
Made in a period before the subject had been done to death (especially in the 1980s, where pretense, posturing and insincerity reigned), "Coming Home" which, as per its title, takes place almost entirely on American soil, get the mood, and late-60s "look" uncannily correct.
Focusing on a paraplegic vet (Jon Voight) who falls in love with a married and not-worldly army nurse (Fonda) while her officer husband (Bruce Dern) is overseas, the Oscar-winning "Coming Home" is its era's equivalent of 1946's "The Best Years of Our Lives"... Some may consider that blaspemous, but it isn't-- at all.
Too bad this movie seems to be buried now... Is it because of the done-too-much-since-then subject-matter, or is it bias against Miss Fonda? I dont know. But despite all those other Viet Nam films that would come along, this a (rare) classic take on that period-- a period now so long ago.
And long before Voight dun lost his mind.
All the actors are great, including the supporting roles of Bruce Dern as the husband and Penelope Milford as Fonda's friend whose psychotic brother commits suicide. No wonder the film was nominated for eight academy awards in 1979 with those coveted statues going to Fonda and Voight as well as a trio of writers for the screenplay. I applaud the entire production though because it never slipped into maudlin sentimentality. Instead it was a real story the way the Vietnam War affected us all; it was easy to relate to it.
The scenes in the veterans' hospital are particularly upsetting as we watch these young men gradually learn to live with their broken bodies. The audience is not spared the actualities of their care and of their suffering. However, as the film moves on, we get to know the Jon Voight character and the romantic scene between him and Fonda plays as bittersweet reality. Years have now past since the Vietnam War, but this film brings it all back. And it does this without one scene being placed in Vietnam itself. A fine film. Recommended.
The entire ensemble cast is wonderful, with Bruce Dern superbly playing the marine officer feeling confused and cuckolded, on an emotional knife's edge as he learns of her romantic and emotional betrayal with the wheel-chair ridden Voight, and neither of them can save him from the roaring emotions Dern feels roaring through his head. This is a sensitive screenplay that introduces a lot of fairly sophisticated and sometimes shocking aspects of real life onto the screen, but it is so well done that it all seems quite natural and open and healthy. For example, this was the first time paraplegics are seen making love on-screen, and the action is both realistic and fairly explicit. So forget about Jane's confused and somewhat tortured past, take a chance and give this movie a roll. I know you will love it. Enjoy!
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in the time period of this movie we all can sympathize with the hard choices real people had to make to try to hold families together.Published 1 month ago by Finnomaki
Viet Nam was a hard war in hard times ..... it has a good message though ...Published 4 months ago by Hope Ogden
Gritty, thought provoking and poignant. It puts a different face on war, and the effects of it on soldiers when they return from battle. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Beth C.
Liked the DVD. Liked the blu ray even more! Great story. Great actingPublished 5 months ago by Charles R. Levalley
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