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The War (1994)

The War (1994)

The War




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Movie Info

The battles between two feuding bands of children in this family drama set in a poor, rural area of Mississippi during the summer of 1970, draw close parallels to the Vietnam war. The film focuses upon the children of a poor family whose father has just come-back from a traumatic tour-of-duty in Vietnam. He is a decent man but is so affected by his war experience that he cannot hold a job. He is constantly haunted by flashbacks. His good wife must therefore work. The children are building a huge tree house. They are hindered by the mean Lipnicki kids, whose family is even poorer and is headed by an abusive alcoholic father. The good father offers much advice to his son. The film culminates with a tremendous battle for the tree-fort.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Kathy McWorter, Kathy McWorter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 13, 1999
Universal Pictures


Kevin Costner
as Stephen Simmons
Elijah Wood
as Stu Simmons
Mare Winningham
as Lois Simmons
Christine Baranski
as Miss Strapford
Raynor Scheine
as Mr. Lipinski
Will West
as Lester Lucker
Justin Lucas
as Willard
Nick Searcy
as John Ray Wilkens
Jay Brooks
as Old Man
Afemo Omilami
as Quarry Man
Tim Ware
as Fat Man at Auction
J. Don Ferguson
as Mine Foreman
Ron Clinton Smith
as Ambulance Driver
Tom Even
as Doctor
Bill Coates
as Catfish Man
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Critic Reviews for The War

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | November 4, 1994
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 13, 2007
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The War


Was is it worth fighting for?

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

A movie that is warm, touching, and funny at the same time. Another great Kevin Costner film. :)

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

This was great movie.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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