Certified Classics: Coming Home
“I have killed for my country, or whatever, and I don’t feel good about it. ‘Cause there’s not enough reason, man, to feel a person die in your hands, or to see your best buddy get blown away.”
With Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern.
This is essentially an anti-war film, but it deals with the issue in a way that doesn’t seem forced or preachy. It is really a human story about relationships and the effects that war can have on them. Jane Fonda stars as a woman who volunteers at a veterans hospital and falls in love with one of her paralyzed patients (Jon Voight) while her husband is away in Vietnam. Fonda and Voight both won well-deserved Oscars for their performances. Bruce Dern is also outstanding as the husband in a much more subdued portrayal of the same type of character we saw Tobey Maguire take on in last year’s Brothers. I also want to note that the film compiles perhaps the greatest soundtrack in film history. Stones, Beatles, Hendrix and Dylan… pretty much all the classics are here. I actually much prefer this film to The Deer Hunter, which was incidentally released the same year.
RIYL: Brothers, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Deer Hunter.