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A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there.
Branch Call Number: MOVIE COM
Language Note: In English with optional English subtitles
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Jun 22, 2019

The film has nothing to do with liberalism, patriotism, or any other 'ism. It's just one glimpse of the animal side of our collective human condition. Whether we acknowledge it or not, mankind is profoundly sick and war is a product of our shared insanity.

Feb 29, 2016

This movie is totally biased and plays to the Liberal mindset of anti-war nonsense common in the 60's.

A rather dramatic and sick, one-sided portrayal of the aftermath of the Vietnam War.

Not worth my time.

Feb 29, 2016

As the wife of a Marine who served in Vietnam, I came away thinking this movie was one humongous patronizing, drivel-filled story that doesn't reflect reality.

It plays to the mindset of victimhood rather than patriotism...though Fonda "tries" but doesn't quite come across as an authentic patriot. I'm supposing the reason is it was too great a leap for her because she loved the enemies of the USA and actually dissed the troops BIG time in REAL life.

I couldn't get past the twenty minute mark (the fakeness was too much to bear) and I can NOT recommend this to anyone seeking to know what real life in the 60's was about.

Scaltro Jan 19, 2015

wow, didn't think i would like this as much as I did. Stellar acting, Really worth it.

Dec 13, 2014

One of the quintessential films examining the effects of the Viet Nam War on those who served and those who waited at home. Beautifully written and flawlessly performed (Jon Voight's and Jane Fonda’s Oscars were well deserved as was Bruce Dern’s nomination), Hal Ashby’s critical look at a system which sends men to fight then seems to forget them when they come back broken focuses on those internal battlefields that exist long after peace is declared; indeed, he restricts images of actual warfare to snapshots and grainy B&W news reports. The tone may be angry and sardonic at times, but his sense of compassion towards his main characters never wavers. There is a balance here with one man rediscovering his humanity while another loses everything he believed in, and in the middle Sally tries desperately to comfort both even though she can’t possibly understand what they’ve been through. The period detail is impeccable, including a brilliantly integrated score of 60’s rock anthems, and a few subtle touches add just the right amount of irony; a yuppie flashing a peace sign (the director’s brief cameo), a TV station going off air to the strains of the national anthem, and a bittersweet closing montage with Tim Buckley’s haunting Once I Was playing in the background. As a side note, the love scenes between Luke and Sally, besides being groundbreaking in themselves (the sexual needs of the handicapped were never addressed so honestly before), were filmed with such piercing intimacy they border on erotic art. One of the better films to emerge from the 70s.

jpozenel Dec 18, 2013

This movie seems a bit overrated. When it was made, the U.S. had already left Vietnam, so it didn't appear to be "edgy" in any way. It may be nitpicking, but Bruce Dern's haircut as a Marine officer really bothered me. This was true for other actors portraying active duty soldiers too. How difficult would it have been to give them haircuts? You just don't get away with hair like that in the military.

Feb 23, 2013

A stirring, heavy human drama. Jon Voight was exceptional as the bitter, broken veteran; softened and transformed through the caring, feminine tenderness of Jane Fonda. One of Bruce Dern's better roles, also. I was shocked at the turn of events when his mildly perturbed character was "locked and loaded" at film's end.

Jan 23, 2013

This is a 1978 drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern.
It is based loosely on the novel of the same name by George Davis.
The plot follows a love triangle among Sally (Jane Honda), her Marine husband (Bruce Dern) and Luke Martin---the paralyzed Vietnam War veteran (Jon Voight) and her former classmate---Sally meets while her husband is overseas.
Luke had gone to Vietnam but came back wounded.
He is recuperating at the hospital from the injuries he sustained in the Vietnam War and which left him a paraplegic.
Filled with pain, anger, and frustration, Luke is now opposed to the war.
At first, Luke is a bitter young man.
As he is increasingly thrown into contact with Sally, however, a relationship starts to develop and deepens.
They have happy times, play at the beach, and the two fall in love.
Their lovemaking is quite something!
Meanwhile Billy (Luke's friend), traumatized by his experiences at war, commits suicide by injecting air into his veins.
After Billy’s suicide, Luke has only one obsession: that is, do anything to stop sending young men off to war.
Fonda and Voight won an Academy Award for their performances.
Although this is an anti-war movie, it is also quite interesting to see the love triangle as a human drama.

Sep 19, 2010

Watching this movie and the additional material in the Special Features section of the disc has given me a new respect for Jane Fonda and Jon Voight. This movie is the most beautiful and moving experience I have ever had about the aftermath of the Vietnam War. So many movies about the Vietnam War are full of horror and pain and hopelessness. This movie does not sugarcoat the horrific acts of war and the consequences, but this movie does show how love can transform us, if we allow ourselves to be open to its restorative power. If we shut ourselves off from love and prefer to live in our despair and hate, then, we will not be able to recover. This movie is romantic, while being both honest and real in its depiction of a wide range of emotional responses to the problems of war.


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Feb 23, 2013

Luke Martin: "...I have killed for my country, or whatever, and I don't feel good about it. Cuz there's not enough reason, man, to feel a person die in your hands, or to see your best buddy get blown away."

Sep 19, 2010

From the scene at the bar in Hong Kong when Sally goes to meet her husband for his R&R Days.

Sally Hyde (Jane Fonda):
"Tell me what the War is like."

Captain Bob Hyde (Bruce Dern):
"I don't know what it's like. I only know what it is. The TV shows you what it's like, but they sure don't show you what it is."

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