Vietnam War vet Stephen Simmons must deal with a war of a different sort between his son and their friends, and a rival group of children. He also must deal with his own personal and ...
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Vietnam War vet Stephen Simmons must deal with a war of a different sort between his son and their friends, and a rival group of children. He also must deal with his own personal and employment problems that have resulted from his Vietnam experiences.Written by
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The cigarettes Elvadine smokes in the movie are herbal, not tobacco. See more »
When the family is eating their burnt breakfast, the close-up of the father's plate shows everything except the eggs totally burnt and black. In the next shot, not only his is toast only slightly burnt, but the position of the food on his plate has changed too. See more »
With solid play acting by Kevin Costner and young Elijah Wood. The storyline could have been a bit more effective, and I felt the scenes from the war were so totally separate from the rest of it, they had little meaning in the film, the "madness" of the father did not appear in the film at all. Perhaps he was cured of it then, but somehow it would have felt better to concentrate on that aspect instead of the few action scenes about the war.
The end with the childrens' war was also a bit... too powerful, i.e. molotov cocktail's used by kids did seem a bit odd.
All in all, a rather solid movie that you should watch if you like a drama movie, but there are some better ones around.
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