The War (1994)

The War (1994)



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Jon Avnet's The War is set in the rural south and brimming with lessons on social consciousness, much like his previous effort, Fried Green Tomatoes (1991). During the summer of 1970 in backwoods Mississippi, Stephen Simmons (Kevin Costner) is struggling to be a breadwinner for his family while still suffering post-traumatic stress disorder from his service in the Vietnam War. His wife Lois (Mare Winningham) provides most of the family income. Stephen gets a job in a mine and saves a friend who has been injured, helping him erase his guilt over abandoning another friend during a firefight in Vietnam. Meanwhile, the Simmons children, Stu (Elijah Wood) and Lidia (Lexi Randall) are feuding with an even poorer family of neighbors, the Lipnickis, over access to a tree fort that Stu and Lidia built. Mr. Lipnicki (Raynor Scheine) is drunken and abusive and helps escalate the disagreement into a major battle for the fort.
Rating: PG13
Genre: Action & Adventure , Drama
Directed By: Jon Avnet
Written By: Kathy McWorter
In Theaters: wide
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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Full Review… | June 12, 2007
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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August 26, 2002
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for The War


Was is it worth fighting for?

Wahida K
Wahida K

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

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

This was great movie.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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