Coming Home Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford, Robert Carradine

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The year is 1968. Sally Hyde (Fonda) is a traditional military wife whose husband, Captain Bob Hyde (Dern) heads for Vietnam to defend his country and prove himself. Visiting with her friend Violet Munson (Milford), Sally gets the idea to fill her time by volunteering at the local veterans hospital. There she meets an angry paraplegic veteran, Luke Martin (Voight), whom she knew in high school. The two connect very deeply, which poses big problems and choices for all of them when Captain Hyde returns home. This 1978 film was one of the early attempts to depict the effects of the Vietnam war on the home front; directed by Hal Ashby ("Harold and Maude," "Being There"), it won Oscars for Fonda and Voight (who have a nude scene that was fairly spicy for the time) as well as the screenwriters, but it stacks the deck politically and has not worn terribly well.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   conduct in war War impact on civilians/veterans    -   Yes Brain/Body not working?    -   physical disability Kind of conflict:    -   war, Vietnam Lover is...    -   physically ill or deformed Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker/wife Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing nude male butt Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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