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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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

It's impossible to tell whom this movie was made for. Even William Bennett would have trouble staying awake.

Feb 20, 2018 | Full Review…
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Pretentious drivel

Jan 23, 2004 | Rating: 1/5

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

Feb 13, 2002 | Full Review…

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Was is it worth fighting for?

Wahida K
Wahida K

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

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

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This was great movie.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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One of the best movies I have ever seen! Everyone should see this movie.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

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