Coming Home
Coming Home (1978)

Coming Home is an unsentimental but heartfelt study of the plight of the wounded Vietnam vet. In 1968, Marine Captain Bob Hyde (Bruce Dern) leaves his wife Sally (Jane Fonda) behind when he's called to combat. Sally wants to do her part… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 15, 1978
DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Coming Home's stellar cast elevates the love triangle in the center of its story - and adds a necessary human component to its none-too-subtle political message.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film has less to do with politics, women's or otherwise, than with a very conventional notion of the redemptive power of mother love. Which would be all right if director Hal Ashby had managed to mount it effectively.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Slowly, disastrously, it reveals its true identity as a three-sided love story about two Vietnam veterans and the one woman who loves them both.

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TV Guide

The performances, undeniably appealing, were deservedly praised, Dern and Voight coming off best.

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Variety Staff

Coming Home is in general an excellent Hal Ashby film which illuminates the conflicting attitudes on the Vietnam debacle from the standpoint of three participants.

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Cole Smithey

This movie is a big deal.

Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A wonderful movie with stellar performances; though Dern is a bit of a caricature.

Time Out

Cliché piles on cliché to the strains of a garbled '60s soundtrack, but the movie's ending goes some way to recognising its failure. Fonda is magnificent.

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Emanuel Levy

Though well acted by Jon Voight and Jane Fonda (who won Oscars), Coming Home is one of Hal Ashby's weakest films, a middlebrow melodrama that wears its political message on its sleeves.

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Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

A powerful film about love and war. Oscars for the leads and Bruce Dern deservedly nominated.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This wasn't the first film to deal with the issue of soldiers coming home after war, and trying to transition back into a "normal" life, but it… More
jay nixon
Top flight acting and a compelling story make this a very worthwhile viewing experience. Jane's character is a great one because of the enormous changes… More
Jim Hunter
It's hard to divorce this film from its context, namely some considered Fonda's anti-war activism to be ... "un-calculated" would be a nice… More
Byron Brubaker
Another returning vet movie (returning theme). Jane Fonda was excellent especially in the late 60's and here through the 70's. A great performance… More
Tim Sigur
I have to say that the reason that I like this movie is the filmmaking is so right on in every aspect. The cinematography, editing, and acting are all top notch… More
Cameron Johnson
"Still I'm coming home; yeah, you know I'm coming home some day! The future's brighter now; it's not so far away!" I felt… More