Looks at the effect of the Vietnam War on home front. The wife of a gung-ho Marine officer volunteers as an aide in a Veteran's Hospital, befriends and eventually falls in love with a Vietnam vet, paralyzed from war injuries. His attitudes, pain, and first-hand knowledge of the war force her to re-examine her previously automatic responses. Honest look at the everyday life of disabled veterans, unusual vision of the possibilities of simple friendship between men and women. Fonda and Voight are great; Dern's character suffers from weak scriptwriting late in the film. Critically acclaimed. Compelling score from late '60s music.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 130 minutes.
Oscars 1978: Actor (Voight), Actress (Fonda), Orig. Screenplay; Cannes 1978: Actor (Voight); Golden Globes 1979: Actor--Drama (Voight), Actress--Drama (Fonda); L.A. Film Critics 1978: Actor (Voight), Actress (Fonda), Film; N.Y. Film Critics 1978: Actor (Voight); Writers Guild 1978: Orig. Screenplay.
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