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Coming Home 1978 123movies

Coming Home 1978 123movies

A man who believed in war! A man who believed in nothing! And a woman who believed in both of them!Feb. 15, 1978127 Min.
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Watch: Coming Home 1978 123movies, Full Movie Online – Sally Bender is the wife of a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is sent over to Vietnam, and Sally is alone. With nothing else to do, she decides to volunteer at a local veteran’s hospital, where she meets Luke, who went to high school with Sally. Luke was wounded and is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. When Sally begins to fall in love with Luke, she has to make a crucial decision about her life..
Plot: The wife of a Marine serving in Vietnam, Sally Hyde decides to volunteer at a local veterans hospital to occupy her time. There she meets Luke Martin, a frustrated wheelchair-bound vet who has become disillusioned with the war. Sally and Luke develop a friendship that soon turns into a romance.
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A thought-provoking sensitive movie with poignant moments
Hal Ashby’s film shares many of the characteristics of the other big Vietnam film of 1978, “The Deer Hunter.” Both are passionate and essentially incoherent in their view of the war… As Ashby and screenplay writers see it, most American soldiers who experienced the war came back mentally and/or physically ravaged…

An introductory pool table conversation among several disabled vets establishes the ground rules… Anyone who defends the war for any reason is wrong… Cut to enthusiastic Marine Capt. Bob Hyde (Bruce Dern) and his naive wife Sally (Jane Fonda) in the Officer’s Club…

It is 1968…

A military campaign conducted by forces of the Viet Cong has just started and Capt. Hyde is looking forward to his tour of duty in Vietnam… As a dedicated military officer, he sees it primarily as an opportunity for progress… As soon as he leaves, Sally is forced to find housing off the base and moves into a new apartment by the beach with another Marine wife—the bohemian Vi Munson (Penelope Milford), whose traumatized brother Bill (Robert Carradine) is a patient at the local Veteran’s Hospital…

Physically, Bill is fine, but “they sent him back without an ignition,” Vi says… Lonely and looking for something to do, Sally volunteers at the hospital and runs across embittered cripple Luke Martin (Jon Voight). They soon discover that they went to the same high school, where he was the star quarterback and she was a cheerleader…

Now, paralyzed from the waist down Luke is subject to furious, self-pitying rages, understandable but still unpleasant and offensive… Sally externalizes his troubles, his scars, and his frustrations…And through Luke’s eyes, Sally’s absolute outlook on life starts to change… They soon become fairly close turning their friendship into a torrid affair… At the same time, Sally’s husband was away discovering the horrors of the war…

There was a particular chemistry between Fonda and Voight which gave the film a certain magic

Review By: Nazi_Fighter_David
a sublime, effectively striking subversion of genre expectations
Coming Home’s story, the bare-bones of it, could be the kind of story one could find for a dime a dozen from the 40’s and 50’s- love in war, or rather after war, crossed with a certain infidelity aspect. But Hal Ashby’s film, one of his best, doesn’t go for any easy answers. This is Vietnam, after all, and it was for the Americans that went there more often than not a truly traumatic experience. One can look at this film as an allegory, or even just a straight on love story, but the filmmaker goes past the possible clichés by presenting what goes on in a heart-breaking manner at times, even to bleak, existential extents, without being overly sentimental. Not that there isn’t sentiment, which is different than the kind of sentimentality that can be found on any given Lifetime film. Beneath the bright lighting in a many of the scenes via the great Haskell Wexler, is a dark feeling around the characters- there might be hope somewhere, but can it come out of being crippled for life? The acting is what elevates a very good script into the territory of being gripping (as one reviewer on IMDb said, ‘without forcing it’).

Jon Voight as Luke Martin, a man paralyzed from the waist down, spends the first third of the story trying without much luck dealing with his newly imposed state. This is some of the best acting Voight’s ever done, even as it could go over the edge of the over-acting of his ailments. Then as the film goes along, and he does start to come to terms with himself through his new friend, the performance subtly becomes more revelatory, leading up to a final speech that’s even more brave than truthful- “there’s a choice to be made” is just as strong a statement as anything in Apocalypse Now. His new friend, as it turns out, is a wife of a marine (Bruce Dern), Sally played by Jane Fonda. She can’t stand him at first, of course, but then their relationship evolves, into something deeper than even I could grasp at first. It’s more than an affair, it’s a tale of lonely people who come closer together.

However this last sentence might sound though, it’s dealt with a pathos that doesn’t pander to the audience. There are little scenes that even have humor, like in the Veteran’s hospital Sally works at, or in the middle part of the film, which is usually a ‘softy’ part of these love stories. When Ashby deals with the sexual content as well it’s all the more truthful, intimate, and in tune with the testing-of-the-waters subject matter. And there are two other aspects that make it a different, fascinating film. No musical score; in line with Scorsese and Lucas and others, the soundtrack is filled with the Rolling Stones (great song selection and usage, by the way), Bob Dylan, the Beatles and so forth, and it adds splendidly to the atmosphere of scenes, giving them a certain lightness or depth.

Then there’s the performance by Bruce Dern. Though Voight and Fonda won (deserved) Oscars for their work, Dern’s work is even more deserved, even more soulful in its time. He’s not on-screen for long, but when he has his scenes post Vietnam experience, it’s just as disturbing as with Voight’s scenes; there’s a masterful scene with Dern and Fonda in a scene towards the end of the film. It’s his character, in a way, that does get in the way of the sort of traditional love story between Voight and Fonda, and it works. The two stars are stars, but Dern is a character actor through and through, and this is one of his very best pieces of work.

Like The Last Detail, my favorite of Ashby’s films I’ve seen to date (who knows if Being There or Harold and Maude may change that), Coming Home is a tale of characters from an era of confusion, of feeling resentment and sorrow at what the establishment has done to its ‘baby boomers’. And best of all it doesn’t outlive its years. The themes dealt with here- the personal trauma of life after possible death, and the truths behind not even the lies of war but the shroud of the gung-ho John Wayne mentality- go alongside other memorable films from the era. It may not appeal right off to the die-hards of Apocalypse Now or the Deer Hunter or Born on the 4th of July, as it has a relationship story entwined in the main subject. Yet it shouldn’t be passed over in the years to come, as it makes for good viewing for others looking to join up in today’s military.

Review By: Quinoa1984

Other Information:

Original Title Coming Home
Release Date 1978-02-15
Release Year 1978

Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 7 min (127 min)
Budget 3000000
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated R
Genre Drama, Romance, War
Director Hal Ashby
Writer Waldo Salt, Robert C. Jones, Nancy Dowd
Actors Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern
Country United States
Awards Won 3 Oscars. 14 wins & 16 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses (Hong Kong sequence)
Laboratory MGM Laboratories Inc., Culver City (CA), USA (processing), DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length 3,490 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

Coming Home 1978 123movies
Coming Home 1978 123movies
Coming Home 1978 123movies
Coming Home 1978 123movies
Coming Home 1978 123movies
Coming Home 1978 123movies
Original title Coming Home
TMDb Rating 7.1 152 votes

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