The War [WS] [DVD] [1994]

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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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

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    The War
    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. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Elijah Wood
      Elijah Wood - Stu Simmons
    • Kevin Costner
      Kevin Costner - Stephen
    • Mare Winningham
      Mare Winningham - Lois
    • Lexi Randall
      Lexi Randall - Lidia
    • Christine Baranski
      Christine Baranski - Miss Strapford



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent with a large range of subjects

      Posted
      HappiAls8478Pipn
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      So real to life. Always love movies about real human situations .Showed human compassion. Also showed how kids used to have fun while using their imagination. It told the story of how war effects families with veterans go thru. It was an all around wonderful movie. It brought out the way races should love one another, also.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good Movie!

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      LiveLaughLove

      This movie featuring Kevin Costner and Elijah Wood is one of those movies that has great emotion and acting. It also opens your eyes to the many struggles of that time and it will teach some lessons. This movie has a couple of tear-jerker scenes. I found it enjoyable and collection-worthy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      the war was a good portrayal of character

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      BillGill
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      the war was a good portrayal of character, and the effects of combat

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie for both kids and adults

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      Kayedee
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      This is an excellent movie for families to watch together.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good Story

      Posted
      CallawayMan

      This movie tells a good story but it was too slow for me.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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