The War at Home (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

The War at Home (1996)

The War at Home



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

Jeremy Collier (Emilio Estevez) is the army veteran who returns home after his harrowing experiences in battle. His father Bob (Martin Sheen) is the emotionally detached parent who insists Jeremy put his unpleasant memories behind him and get on with his life. His mother (Kathy Bates) is the unusually cheerful woman who pretends nothing is wrong. The troubled Jeremy finds almost as much fighting at home as he did in the military in this powerful drama of a young veteran's adjustment to civilian life.more
Rating: R (For a war-related shooting, an intense sequence of violent threat, and for language.)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: James Duff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 3, 2002
Touchstone Pictures


Kathy Bates
as Maureen Collier
Martin Sheen
as Bob Collier
Emilio Estevez
as Jeremy Collier
Carla Gugino
as Melissa
Ann Hearn
as Prof. Tracey
Marcus H. Nelson
as Private Poe
Michael Wiseman
as Lieutenant
Jena Kraus
as Coffee House Singer
Chad Morgan
as Bus Station Clerk
Penny Allen
as Marjoree
Tuan Tran
as Viet Cong
Paloma Estevez
as Little Girl
Effrain Briones Jr.
as Jeremy's Squad Membe...
Tyler Shea Cone
as Jeremy's Squad Membe...
Harvey L. Cyphers
as Jeremy's Squad Membe...
Christopher Dahlberg
as Jeremy's Squad Membe...
Chris Drewy
as Jeremy's Squad Membe...
Reed Frerichs
as Jeremy's Squad Membe...
Anthony D-Wayne Kitc...
as Jeremy's Squad Membe...
Enoch Lawrence
as Jeremy's Squad Membe...
Joe Lowry
as Jeremy's Squad Membe...
Le'roy Nellis Jr.
as Jeremy's Squad Membe...
Lee Andrew Pachicano
as Jeremy's Squad Membe...
Jeff D. Richey
as Jeremy's Squad Membe...
Yogi Rise
as Jeremy's Squad Membe...
Octavio O. Sanchez
as Jeremy's Squad Membe...
Derrick Sanders
as Jeremy's Squad Membe...
William Carvell Town...
as Jeremy's Squad Membe...
Paul A. Watkins
as Jeremy's Squad Membe...
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The War at Home

Critic Reviews for The War at Home

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7)

It's never anything more than middlebrow, obvious and quite laboured -- and, for good and ill, very earnest.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film is so beautifully acted that you barely notice the staginess of some of the speeches.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

A confident, straight-ahead no-nonsense movie that delivers its message relentlessly with maximum impact.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Full of little acting moments that feel like ACK-ting moments.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | November 22, 1996
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The War at Home

Fiercely emotional! The acting is remarkable and makes the movie feel very real. I would recommend this masterful psychological drama. (First and only viewing - 9/3/2008)


There's a line in the film - 'I just can't imagine you doing that,' directed toward the main character, that pretty much sums it up. Kathy Bates was good, as usual, and the surprise was Martin Sheen, who was solid - but Emilio Estevez as a war vet? That's like Emilio Estevez playing Billy The Kid. It happened, but should it have?

Bloodmarsh Krackoon

You have no idea how good this movie is. I'm not lying. If you can find it, you have to see it. Emilio truly is a talented man. Give it a chance. This was an amazing movie.

The War at Home Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The War at Home on our Movie forum!