Coming Home

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Released 1978

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Director:
Hal Ashby
Released:
1978
Rating:
R
Coming Home is the acclaimed 1978 war drama romance, directed by legendary filmmaker Hal Ashby (Being There, Harold and Maude, The Last Detail). After Captain Bob Hyde (Bruce Dern, The Burbs) leaves for Vietnam, his wife Sally (Jane Fonda, Barbarella) feels lonely and useless. To fill the void, she decides to volunteer as a nurse at the local military hospital. While working there she meets Luke (Jon Voigt), a crippled veteran who will challenge her take on life, war and patriotism. When her husband comes home, a love triangle develops between the three characters. But it's not romance or sex that Sally offers Bob and Luke. Instead, she's a bridge between the left-wing crippled veteran Luke and her right-wing husband Bob. It's Sally's maternal instincts, her femininity and motherly love that heal these men. Ironically, it's this love that drives her husband to suicide. If he can't have her sole love, then he has only two options: kill Luke or kill himself.moreless
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    Politics, Love & Romance, Military & War