The War

The War

Director: Jon Avnet Cast: Elijah Wood, Kevin Costner, Mare Winningham

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/1999
UPC: 0025192053320
Original Release: 1994
Rating: PG-13
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:06:00
Sales rank: 17,251

Special Features

Production notes; Cast and filmmakers' bios; Film highlights; Theatrical trailer; Web links

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elijah Wood Stu Simmons
Kevin Costner Stephen
Mare Winningham Lois
Lexi Randall Lidia
Christine Baranski Miss Strapford
Raynor Scheine Mr. Lipnicki
Bruce A. Young Moe
LaToya Chisholm Elvadine
Charlotte Lewis Amber
Debra Zane Actor
Mary Nell Santacroce Mrs. Higgens
Nick Searcy John Ray Wilkens
Gary Basaraba Dodge
Judson Vaughn Soldier
Jay Brooks Old Man
Afemo Omilami Quarry Man
Tim Ware Fat Man at Auction
J. Don Ferguson Mine Foreman
Tom Even Doctor
Dorothy Davis Nurse
Bill Coates Catfish Man
Lucas Black Ebb Lipnicki

Technical Credits
Jon Avnet Director,Producer
Todd Baker Executive Producer
Jeremy Conway Art Director
Eric Eisner Executive Producer
Mary H. Ellis Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Huberty Co-producer
Jordan Kerner Producer
Alma Kuttruff Production Designer
Lisa Lindstrom Co-producer
Deborah Love Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Molly Maginnis Costumes/Costume Designer
Kathy Mcworter Producer,Screenwriter
Debra Neil Editor
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Karen O'Hara Set Decoration/Design
David Rubin Casting
Geoffrey Simpson Cinematographer
Debra Zane Casting
Kristi Zea Production Designer
Rosemary Zurlo Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Memoirs (Titles) [8:02]
2. The Donut Shop [6:32]
3. The Lipnickis [16:30]
4. A Lipnicki Lesson [8:15]
5. The Lightweights [5:09]
6. The Mining Job [7:30]
7. Push A Button [6:10]
8. Control [2:45]
9. Stephen's War [13:12]
10. The Accident [:47]
11. The Dare [12:51]
12. The Whirlpool [3:24]
13. He's Gone [5:08]
14. The Evictors [4:14]
15. The War [3:28]
16. The Water Tower [4:47]
17. Worth Fighting For [8:00]
18. End Titles [3:58]

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The War 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie and I think everyone should watch it just once at least, at first you might not like it but just continue watching and you will like it, I'm sure of it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was one of the beat movies I ever seen it was funny,interesting,educational, and somewhat sad. If anyone reads this review I recommand you go out and buy it because this is a movie that you have to get.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kevin Costner gives a gripping performance in 'The War' only second best to Elijah Wood who totally tears your heart out! This is a story of a man's battles with the ghosts of the Viet Nam War as he tried to teach his children the wise lessons of 'love thy enemies' first before resorting to violence. Kind of like, 'turn the other cheek' and 'do good to those who despitefully use you'. One touching scene is when this father, (who's son has just been beaten up by the 'Lipnicki' children,) gives them the cotton candy he'd bought for his own family, even though they're still taunting them all. The boy can't believe what he's seeing! But in the end, they do learn the lesson of love that the father has been trying to teach them. A VERY touching, deep and at times funny film! I'm sure you'll just love it as I did! I recommend this film to everyone I know and to you too! Get your copy today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The War is a great movie! It is a very touching story that has funny and dramatic elements. It tells a good story and I was attached to the screen the whole time I was watching it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie!!!! Loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. I think Elijah Wood's character was the best character in The War. It is a must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rented this movie just tonight, and I absolutely LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am planning on buying a copy in the near future. The acting was phenominal and Elijah Wood looked especially cute (yes, it is true, I am a HUGE EW fan ;) I recommend this movie for anyone who enjoys a good war movie, but I must say, its not for the weak at heart.