Coming Home (Widescreen)

Starring: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight & Bruce Dern Director: Hal Ashby  Rated: R: Restricted
Rating 4.4
63 ratings
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 7 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1978
  • Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - English
    • Dolby Digital Mono - French
    • Dolby Digital Mono - Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Jon Voight - Star 2. Bruce Dern - Star 3. Haskell Wexler - Director of Photography
    • Featurette:
      1. COMING BACK HOME
      2. HAL ASHBY: A MAN OUT OF TIME

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1978 - Best Actor: Jon Voight
Academy Awards 1978 - Best Actress: Jane Fonda
Academy Awards 1978 - Best Original Screenplay: Nancy Dowd, Robert C. Jones & Waldo Salt
Cannes 1978 - Best Actor: Jon Voight

Entertainment Reviews:

Sight and Sound - 06/01/1978
"...[Fonda] has uncannily reincarnated herself in type and period..."
Variety - 02/15/1978
"...An excellent Hal Asby film which illuminates the conflicting attitudes of the Vietnam debacle....Superb cinematography..."
USA Today - 04/19/2002
"...A still-affecting time-capsule movie, this was an uncommonly high-profile Hollywood effort..."
Uncut - 07/01/2004
"As a meditation on the effects of war, on the scars it leaves, it's an astonishing work. The leads are uniformly excellent..."
Premiere - 11/01/2005
"[D]irected with shaggy ambience by Hal Ashby."

Product Description:

When Sally Hyde's (Jane Fonda) husband, a ramrod-straight marine captain, Bob Hyde (Bruce Dern), is sent to Vietnam, she leaves the isolated world of the officer's quarters and begins volunteer social work at the veterans hospital. There her unthinking support of the war and her blindness to its effects are challenged by meeting the crippled men struggling to recover, psychologically as well as physically, from their time in country. Many, like Luke Martin (Jon Voight), now a paraplegic, are embittered and full of unfocused, uncontrollable rage, which he takes out on the prim, controlled Sally. Interestingly, they went to the same large high school, but she was a pretty, popular cheerleader type and he was just a guy in the back of the class. Gradually, as she changes politically (always signaled by changes in hair and fashion) and he recovers emotionally, they become friends and then lovers. This causes a sexual awakening in Sally that furthers her transformation from a repressed wife to an independent woman. Then her husband comes home.

Hal Ashby's film, with its classic rock soundtrack and lush photography by Haskell Wexler, submerged its politics in a warm nostalgia, although it was made just a few years after the war ended. Still, its theme of individual transformation, both political and sexual, struck a chord with baby boomer audiences who all felt, to varying degrees, that they had done the same thing.

Plot Synopsis:

A critically acclaimed film about the lingering wounds inflicted by the Vietnam War, this powerful drama examines the growing relationship between a woman who volunteers to help disabled vets and a bitter paraplegic under her care.

Plot Keywords:

Character Study | Erotic | Essential Cinema | Infidelity | Love Triangle | Military | Physically Impaired | Recommended | Tear Jerker | Theatrical Release | Vietnam

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: February 15, 1978.
  • In her personal life Jane Fonda was very active in the antiwar movement.

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Product Info:

  • UPC: 027616874825
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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