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Coming Home (1978)

Jane Fonda , Jon Voight , Greg Carson , Hal Ashby  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford, Robert Carradine
  • Directors: Greg Carson, Hal Ashby
  • Writers: Nancy Dowd, Robert C. Jones, Rudy Wurlitzer, Waldo Salt
  • Producers: Greg Carson, Bruce Gilbert
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V9HI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,689 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Coming Home" on IMDb

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  • Featurettes: "Coming Back Home" and "Hal Ashby: A Man Out Of Time"

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Perhaps the most powerful picture ever made about the shattering aftermath of the Vietnam War, Coming Home earned eight Academy AwardÂ(r) nominations* and three OscarsÂ(r): Actress (Jane Fonda), Actor (Jon Voight) and Original Screenplay. Hailed by critics as "dazzling" (Rex Reed), "gripping" (Leonard Maltin) and "unforgettable" (Judith Crist), it is a heart-rending examination of a critical period in our nation's history and "an uncompromising, extraordinarily moving film" (Roger Ebert). When Marine Captain Bob Hyde (Bruce Dern) leaves for Vietnam, his wife, Sally (Fonda), volunteers at a local hospital. There she meets Luke Martin (Voight) a former sergeantwhose war injury has left him a paraplegic. Embittered with rage and filled with frustration, Luke finds new hope and confidence through his growing intimacy with Sally. The relationship also transforms Sally's feelings about life, love and the horrors of war. And when, wounded and disillusioned, Sally's husband returns home, all three must grapple with the full impact of a brutal, distant war that has changed their lives forever.

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
By HWWoman
Format:DVD
You can read the reviews to find out how moving and real this film is. Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern are all perfect in their roles. Since the soundtrack doesn't seem to be available, I am going to share with you the songs played on the soundtrack so that you can compile your own soundtrack.

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
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most moving of the Viet Nam films by far... October 15, 2004
Format:DVD
I realize that some folks' contempt for Jane Fonda has caused them to feel equal contempt for this movie... Dont let it... Regardless of one's perspective on Fonda's political position(s) over the years, "Coming Home" is nonetheless the most poignant of all the Viet Nam movies.

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.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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This is the moving story of a military wife, played by Jane Fonda, who volunteers in a veterans' hospital when her captain husband gets sent to Vietnam. Here she meets Luke Martin, a paraplegic, played by Jon Voight. When she first meets him, he's on a gurney, and when she accidentally bumps into him, his catheter bag is knocked over, embarrassing him so much that he goes into an angry rage and has to be restrained. Eventually, though, she comes to know him and, as his condition improves enough so that he can get a wheelchair, she gradually develops a relationship with him. Through the art of this film, I found myself drawn right into the emotional intensity of the situation and I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the life of a paraplegic.
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.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Serious And Sensitive Portrayal Of Vietnam Vets! September 17, 2002
Format:DVD
Who would have thunk?? How is that someone as adamantly against the Vietnam war made such a transition that she starred in this terrific melodrama focusing on what happens to those who gave their all for their country, and have to live with the consequences. Certainly none of us veterans would have supposed Hanoi Jane to be capable of such a mind-boggling transformation. Yet her personal feelings about the damage done to our young men and women "in country' were truly galvanized by what she learned in preparing for her role as the wife of a Marine officer at loose ends with her time and spirits, and volunteers her time at the local Veteran's hospital. Both she and co-star Jon Voight won Academy Awards for their thoughtful, moving, and emotional portrayals of people caught in the biggest and most overwhelming geo-political issue f the sixties.
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Jane Fonda does a good job in this film as well as Jon Voigt
Jane Fonda does a good job in this film as well as Jon Voigt. I would recommend it to people interested in PTSD in veterans.
Published 6 days ago by ejd48
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as described; would purchase from again! :)
Published 18 days ago by M. Plitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic but heartbreaking movie about Vietnam vets.
Published 2 months ago by J. Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Film With Superlative Performances.
Viewed: 4/14
Rate: 10

4/14: Coming Home is a wonderfully shot picture with superlative acting performances by Jon Voight, Jane Fonda, Bruce Dern, and Penelope... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Austin Somlo
4.0 out of 5 stars $52 for the DVD????
I like this movie, but NO movie is that good! Would love to buy if it were reasonably priced like most older movies are.
Published 4 months ago by Nancy Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars desn't work
I bought this movie because I did like it. It won't play in my dvd player, so I wasted my money on a movie that won't work in my machine.
Published 6 months ago by dish
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Anti-Vietnam War Film, Ever
Coming Home, The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now. See these three films, and you've seen the most honest, artistic, potent films about the affect of the Vietnam War on American... Read more
Published 6 months ago by O
4.0 out of 5 stars My impression
My problem with this movie is its portrayal of the military, particularly the Marine Corps. What was it about the 70s (and well into the 80s) among Hollywood actors who refused to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by jerry wigglesworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Jane Fonda's revenge
Good to excellent acting for this Vietnam era classic. One of best anti-war movies. People soon forget what happened there as hypocritical politicians continue to put our young... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ernest L. Buie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice!
I bought this VHS tape as a gift for a good friend of mine. She had owned a copy of it and was very happy to get another one!
Published 7 months ago by Augustus
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