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.
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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
LaToya Chisholm
as Elvadine
Will West
as Lester Lucker
Justin Lucas
as Willard
Mary Nell Santacroce
as Mrs. Higgens
Nick Searcy
as John Ray Wilkens
Judson Vaughn
as Soldier
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
Wilson L. Middlebrooks
as Field Foreman
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Critic Reviews for The War

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Pretentious drivel

January 22, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

Presents the efforts of a father to teach his children the ideals he believes give life meaning and purpose.

Full Review… | February 13, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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October 14, 2005
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November 19, 2004
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March 17, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

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Was is it worth fighting for?

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

This was great movie.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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