• Coming Home (1978)

Coming Home

Release Date: February 15th, 1978

DVD Release Date: April 16th, 2002

R |2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary

The wife of a Marine serving in Vietnam, Sally Hyde (Jane Fonda) decides to volunteer at a local veterans hospital to occupy her time. There she meets Luke Martin (Jon Voight), a frustrated wheelchair-bound vet who has become disillusioned with the war. Sally and Luke develop a friendship that soon turns into a romance, but when her husband, Bob (Bruce Dern), returns unexpectedly, she must decide between staying with him and pursuing her new love.

Cast: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern, Robert Ginty, Penelope Milford, Robert Carradine, Charles Cyphers, Mary Jackson

Director: Hal Ashby

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Jerome Hellman Productions

Distributors: United Artists

Keywords: Wife, Husband, Love, Transformation, Forbidden love, Emotional, Love triangle, Hospital, Moving, 1960s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It confronts the relationship between Fonda and Voight with unusual frankness -- and with emotional tenderness and subtlety that is, if anything, even harder to portray. show more

  • 60
    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. show more

  • 90

    In general an excellent Hal Ashby film which illuminates the conflicting attitudes on the Vietnam debacle from the standpoint of three participants. show more

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Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
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Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Picture