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War (1994)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40108922
UPC: 025192053320
UPC 14: 00025192053320
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What's worth fighting for?
A vietnam veteran teaches his son and daughter what is worth fighting for in 1970 mississippi.

"One of the best films of the year.  Jeffrey Lyons Sneak Previews, ABC-TV
"...must-see movie.  National News Syndicate
"Costner is quite effective as a veteran who has seen enough of war.  Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

Editor's Note
In the summer of 1970, Stephen (Kevin Costner) returns to his family in Mississippi after a stint in the Vietnam War, his emotional and psychological scars leave him depressed and alienated, while struggling to overcome the nightmare of post traumatic stress disorder. His wife Lois (Mare Winningham) becomes the one forced to struggle to keep food on the table, working grueling double shifts as a waitress and forced to rely on welfare. And his children, Stu (Elijah Wood) and Lidia (Lexi Randall) have it no easier: they're caught in a battle with a group of neighborhood bullies over a tree house that they built out of junk to be a safe haven for their friends, while trying to escape the pressures of school and life in a small Southern town. Ironically, these small-town hostilities are what finally help Stephen come to terms with the larger war he fought in Vietnam. And as he tries to communicate his personal philosophy about violence to his son Stu, the two create a bond stronger than any they have ever had before. By summer's end, both Stu and Lidia gain a new respect for their father's beliefs of peace and understanding as they discover the startling insights into themselves and the world around them.
Features
Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/15/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 126 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1994
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 20533
Video UPC UPC: 00025192053320
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC]
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Christine Baranski
Video Cast Info Christopher Fennell
Video Cast Info Elijah Wood
Video Cast Info Kevin Costner
Video Cast Info LaToya Chisholm
Video Cast Info Lexi Randall
Video Cast Info Mare Winningham
Video Cast Info Raynor Scheine
Video Cast Info Thomas Newman - Composer
Video Cast Info Jon Avnet - Director
Video Cast Info Jon Avnet - Producer
Video Cast Info Jordan Kerner - Producer
Video Cast Info Kathy McWorter - Screenwriter

Awards


Young Star Award (1995)
   Video Award Name Elijah Wood, Nominee, Best Performance By A Young Actor In A Drama Film

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...[Costner] is effortlessly appealing, and [Wood] holds up his end of the story with equal assurance....Hominy-and-homilies rustic style..." 11/04/1994 p.C10

Time Magazine 0 of 10
With scenes of slow-talking good guys in the U.S. South and dead buddies on Vietnam battlefields, The War might seem the first in a bunch of (Forrest) Gumpthings hoping to replicate that film's $285 million success story. But on a smaller scale, The War is a bigger movie and, for all its weepy trappings, a more adventurous one. It hints that it will be a familiar, Stand By Me-ish rite-of-passage picture; then it explodes into a kid's version of Apocalypse Now... Sometimes The War is so noble you want to spank it. But as it spins fascinatingly out of control, the film is nevertheless secured by the four splendid actors who play the Simmons family. Costner, a daring actor in his narrow range, lets his voice and heart break subtly on every line. And the two kids are fine - full of sense, discretion and what we used to call gumption. - Richard Corliss,

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Costner,Kevin
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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