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The War (1994)




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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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Kevin Costner
as Stephen Simmons
Elijah Wood
as Stu Simmons
Mare Winningham
as Lois Simmons
Christine Baranski
as Miss Strapford
Raynor Scheine
as Mr. Lipinski
Will West
as Lester Lucker
Justin Lucas
as Willard
Nick Searcy
as John Ray Wilkens
Jay Brooks
as Old Man
Afemo Omilami
as Quarry Man
Tim Ware
as Fat Man at Auction
J. Don Ferguson
as Mine Foreman
Ron Clinton Smith
as Ambulance Driver
Tom Even
as Doctor
Bill Coates
as Catfish Man
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Critic Reviews for The War

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

It's impossible to tell whom this movie was made for. Even William Bennett would have trouble staying awake.

February 20, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is one of those films so overwrought and overwritten that a perfectly good human story gets swamped in Statements About the Human Condition.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Pretentious drivel

January 23, 2004 | Rating: 1/5

Presents the efforts of a father to teach his children the ideals he believes give life meaning and purpose.

February 13, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The War


Was is it worth fighting for?

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

A movie that is warm, touching, and funny at the same time. Another great Kevin Costner film. :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

This was great movie.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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