The War at Home (1996)



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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.
R (For a war-related shooting, an intense sequence of violent threat, and for language.)
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Touchstone Pictures


Kathy Bates
as Maureen Collier
Martin Sheen
as Bob Collier
Emilio Estevez
as Jeremy Collier
Carla Gugino
as Melissa
Corin Nemec
as Donald
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
Renee Estevez
as Brenda
Tuan Tran
as Viet Cong
Paloma Estevez
as Little Girl
Effrain Briones Jr.
as Jeremy's Squad Member
Tyler Shea Cone
as Jeremy's Squad Member
Harvey L. Cyphers
as Jeremy's Squad Member
Christopher Dahlberg
as Jeremy's Squad Member
Chris Drewy
as Jeremy's Squad Member
Reed Frerichs
as Jeremy's Squad Member
Anthony D-Wayne Kitchen
as Jeremy's Squad Member
Enoch Lawrence
as Jeremy's Squad Member
Joe Lowry
as Jeremy's Squad Member
Le'roy Nellis Jr.
as Jeremy's Squad Member
Lee Andrew Pachicano
as Jeremy's Squad Member
Jeff D. Richey
as Jeremy's Squad Member
Yogi Rise
as Jeremy's Squad Member
Octavio O. Sanchez
as Jeremy's Squad Member
Derrick Sanders
as Jeremy's Squad Member
William Carvell Townsel
as Jeremy's Squad Member
Paul A. Watkins
as Jeremy's Squad Member
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Critic Reviews for The War at Home

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

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

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

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 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Bates is excellent, and Sheen's performance marks a high point in the actor's wayward career.

Full Review… | February 4, 2008
TV Guide

In one dramatic moment, an upset Bates yells at and slaps Estevez, and suddenly Sheen brings up the subject of stolen peanut brittle.

Full Review… | September 13, 2005

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)

Adam R
Adam R

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
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.

Justin Rolling
Justin Rolling

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