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The War (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama | 4 November 1994 (USA)
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An emotionally fractured Vietnam vet returns to his family in rural Mississippi, counseling his kids when they have to fight their own neighborhood battle. From the director of Fried Green Tomatoes.

Director:

Jon Avnet

Writer:

Kathy McWorter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elijah Wood ... Stu Simmons
Kevin Costner ... Stephen Simmons
Mare Winningham ... Lois Simmons
Lexi Randall ... Lidia Joanne Simmons
LaToya Chisholm LaToya Chisholm ... Elvadine
Christopher Fennell ... Billy Lipnicki
Donald Sellers Donald Sellers ... Arliss Lipnicki
Leon Sills Leon Sills ... Leo Lipnicki
Will West Will West ... Lester Lucket
Brennan Gallagher Brennan Gallagher ... Marsh
Adam Henderson Adam Henderson ... Chet
Charlette Julius Charlette Julius ... Amber
Jennifer Tyler Jennifer Tyler ... Ula Lipnicki
Lucas Black ... Ebb
Justin Lucas Justin Lucas ... Willard
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Storyline

Vietnam War vet Stephen Simmons must deal with a war of a different sort between his son and their friends, and a rival group of children. He also must deal with his own personal and employment problems that have resulted from his Vietnam experiences. Written by David Stumme <dstumme@rochester.rr.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What's worth fighting for?

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for the intense depiction of human struggle and conflict | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The War See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaufort, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,203,275, 6 November 1994

Gross USA:

$16,928,556

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,928,556
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Island World See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | DTS-Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Lucas Black. See more »

Goofs

When Moe and Stephen are draining the water from the mine, Moe lifts the valve up to the pipe twice. See more »

Quotes

Stephen: Lidia hit him in the face with a rock? I think I'm gonna have to have a talk with that girl. Is she doing anything else I should know about?
Stu: Well yeah. She's doing a lot of things. But I don't think you should know about them.
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When the credits are over and the music ends, we hear a helicopter. See more »

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Referenced in Boy Meets World: The War (2000) See more »

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Who'll Stop The Rain
Written by John Fogerty (as John C. Fogarty)
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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It says a lot without actually preaching.
18 September 2001 | by callaspadeaspadeSee all my reviews

This movie was wrongly overlooked when it came out. It has a lot to say and says it well, leaving the viewer with much to think about. It tells about poor country life in the early '70's from the view point of pre-teens. It touches on the Vietnam War through flashbacks and uses this as a study for the conflicts the children are facing. Their father is their link to the war. It deals with several kinds of hatred and its effects on the kids' lives. It also contrasts the kids' reactions to the father's.

Everything is done well. The children actors, led by Elijah Wood, do a really good job. Elijah was especially wonderful with the emotional out bursts he has to produce. Kevin Costner was surprisingly understated as the father and Mare Winningham is very good as the mother. I wish it was a bigger part. The part of the school teacher comes off a bit stereotypical but it works okay. Again, the kids carry the scene with their show of pride and willingness to stand by each other in adversity.

All in all, it's a good movie and good for older children to watch even though there is some strong language and violence. Actually, I think it's a bit mild for its PG-13 rating.



***1/2 out of ****


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