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The War at Home (1996)

Emilio Estevez , Kathy Bates , Emilio Estevez  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Emilio Estevez, Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Corin Nemec
  • Directors: Emilio Estevez
  • Writers: James Duff
  • Producers: Emilio Estevez, Brad Krevoy, Chad Oman, James Duff, Jeff Ivers
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065V3U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,832 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The War at Home" on IMDb

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This highly acclaimed motion picture stars Emilio Estevez (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, ANOTHER STAKEOUT), Kathy Bates (Academy Award(R)-winning Best Actress, MISERY), and Martin Sheen (THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT). Estevez (who also directed) plays a returning Vietnam War hero whose haunting experiences leave him unable to adjust to the quiet realities of small town life. At odds with his domineering father (Sheen), his desperately cheerful mother (Bates), and free-spirited younger sister (Kimberly Williams -- FATHER OF THE BRIDE 1&2) -- tensions at home soon escalate, finally reaching the breaking point one fateful Thanksgiving Day. A timeles story of one family's struggle to overcome the past ... THE WAR AT HOME is unforgettable movie entertainment!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film (minor spoilers herein) June 18, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I first saw _The War At Home_ by accident on television. I was about 16 at the time. I loved it mainly because I thought it was a true story, since I had turned it on after the first 15 minutes & missed the opening voice-over. (Just to clarify: five million Americans served in Vietnam over the course of that long war, therefore a good chance exists the events in this movie happened to thousands of young vets--so I'm hesitant to call it FICTIONAL)
Watching it four years later, I felt very sad at the end. Which I actually DIDN'T feel the first time I saw it. The characters were both likeable & unlikeable; I love a movie where you can resent one character you've known all of two hours, or be on the verge of tears when another is facing a difficult time.
Bob seemingly acknowledges his son has changed for the worse when he gives his "draft card speech" at the Thanksgiving day table, but he does nothing to help Jeremy. At the same time, Karen is a psych student, but she can be a little too harsh on Jeremy in certain moments. But the characters are humans, they make mistakes.
The only real problem I had was with the ending voice-over. It gave too much away. I would have been happier wondering what became of Jeremy. (I wonder why they had Karen, of all the characters, doing the voice overs?) Still, it's worth 5 stars.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is awesome! October 6, 2003
Format:DVD
This movie blows me away! Martin Sheen and Kathy Bates, (my favorite actress,) both play roles totally unexpected and suprising as husband and wife.
The acting was believable of all characters, and it really makes you stop and think about the horrors that our soldiers had to endure in Vietnam, God bless them! This is a wake up call addressing our need to honor our vetrans and their families.
I highly reccommend this flick!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic movie! November 3, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I thought the movie was great. I am surprised that it did not get more recognition. I had never even heard of it until I accidently saw it at the video store. I thought that the acting was powerful from all involved! Emilio did a wonderful job protraying the young man home from VietNam. Martin Sheen and Kathy Bates were wonderful also. I would highly recommend this movie!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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As a peace time veteran I have always been interested in the elements that made up the Vietnam war. No movie spoke to me more than Born on the Fourth of July because it explored the naive patriotism so often held by the young and inexperienced (such as I) and the disillusionment born of societal apathy and disdain as well as the pathetic way our vets are 'cared for' and utterly disregarded by the military itself. That's not an endorsement of the Vietnam war itself but merely a commentary on the condition of our so underappreciated veterans.
That being said 'The War at Home' explores (quite adeptly if I might add) many of the psychological effects suffered by those brave men and women who so gallantly served in addition to the heartache and responsibility of the families involved.
It's a masterful work. Unfortunately most who have never served or put their own well being on the line for a cause they believe in can not even begin to understand or empathize with the inner plight of the Vietnam veteran.
A must see film!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The War At Home 1996 w/Martin Sheen & Emelio Esteves April 26, 2003
By Nancy
Format:DVD
I just watched The War At Home. This story is very well written, acted & directed. It makes you care for all the characters, and understand what each one is feeling and going through. Not just with what is said, but more importantly, what is not said. The movie gives us a small glimpse of what the Heroic and Brave men went through after returning from the Vietnam War. I myself do not care for war movies, but I could not stop watching. I gave this review five stars because it truly deserves it! I also love that the story is character driven, and does not for one minute rely on special effects. There are a few scenes that were VERY tastefully done, and I did not need to look away once. I highly recommend it. Rarely do I cry during movies, but this really touched my heart, as it will yours. Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Kathy Bates & Kimberly Williams really give great performances. Directed by Emilio Estevez.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece June 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is not just a movie about those unlucky ones that had to engage in devastating situations. It is a must see for everyone who takes a second look at their own lives. Everything about the movie is an expression of an exceptionaly deep understanding of the root of all human conflict, and our inabillity to live in that way we all know is right. The only weak moment I experienced is in the ending, where Mr Sheen, playing the father, is not 'Breaking'. It is probably a reflection of reality, but this movie could have gone that last bit, just like 'saving private Ryan' does. By going all the way, we are more strongly remembered of our own potential. I think we need to be. The War at home is an absolute document of this century.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant July 8, 2006
By Patrick
Format:DVD
I just watched this movie on TV and all I can say is wow. The characters all play out like real family members. Kathy Bates is just brilliant in her role as the mother. I think there are many families who can relate to these people. I don't know how anybody can watch this movie and not think about our troops coming home from Iraq.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Good movie
Published 1 month ago by Love Nature
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Movie. Thank You
Published 2 months ago by john woodward
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Underated Film - Highly Recommended
This movie is seriously underrated. Hollywood must have screwed Emilio Estevez on this one (by not promoting the film) because it was dramatic, scary, and told a story of what many... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ms E. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The plot and all the actors are truly amazing and a story we ALL need...
This movie is so, so real. I do not know how this movie did not become talked about in a big way... it is truly a sleeper. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, excellent movie on family, war and, emotional turmoil.
Emilio Estevez directs and stars in this very powerful, very well acted, intelligent, wrenching movie on family relationships, war and its effect on one's soul and how one survives... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars A real tear jerker, highly under rated movie!
One name, Cathy Bates! Enough said! Excellent acting by the whole cast, the movie is also very believable. People, please have compassion for our vets. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dobees#1
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 60s post-'Nam flick
I have loved this movie for so long..... Amazing soundtrack, incredible, tense acting (except that E.E. doesn't cry well) and just awesome turning points.
Published 11 months ago by Seeker :)
5.0 out of 5 stars i watch it now and then
I love Emilio's role as Jeremy collier ive seen the movie over the internet and ive also rented it once
Published 12 months ago by kristen forsythe
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome film.
This is probably Emilio Estevez' best performance. The scenes between him and Martin Sheen are awesome! Great movie overall. Read more
Published 21 months ago by J
1.0 out of 5 stars language
great actors. last scenes were overblown in my opinion. story applicable to times and understanding the Vietnam war vet's concerns were applicable. Read more
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