Coming Home

Coming Home

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Friday, May 28 - Monday, May 31, 2010

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“Four stars! When Sally Hyde’s (Jane Fonda’s) husband (Bruce Dern) goes off to fight the [Vietnam] war, though, she finds herself on her own for the first time in her life. There’s no home, no high school, no marriage, no Officers’ Club to monitor her behavior. And she finds herself stepping outside the role of a wife and doing… well, not strange things, but things that are a little unusual for her. Like buying a used sports car. Like renting a house at the beach. Like volunteering to work in the local Veterans’ Administration hospital. That’s where she meets Luke (Jon Voight), so filled with his pain, anger, and frustration. She knew him vaguely before; he was the captain of the football team at her high school. He went off to fight the war, came home paralyzed from the waist down, and now, strapped on his stomach to a table with wheels, uses canes to propel himself furiously down hospital corridors. In time, he will graduate to a wheelchair. He has ideas about Vietnam that are a little different from her husband’s… [COMING HOME is] greatly daring, since it confronts the relationship between Fonda and Voight with unusual frankness — and with emotional tenderness and subtlety that is, if anything, even harder to portray.” – Roger Ebert

R, 127 Minutes
USA, 1978




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