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      The War

      PG-13 1994 2 hr. 5 min. Drama List
      25% 16 Reviews Tomatometer 73% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score In 1970s rural Mississippi, Vietnam veteran Stephen Simmons (Kevin Costner) adjusts to life after military service. Plagued by nightmares about his wartime experiences, Stephen finds some measure of peace in his new mining job and his relationship with his wife, Lois (Mare Winningham). As Stephen works through his battle trauma, his children -- son Stu (Elijah Wood) and daughter Lidia (Lexi Randall) -- wage a war against a group of neighborhood kids over the ownership of a tree house. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 24 Buy Now

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      Kyle M One of my all time favorite movies. Saw it first when I was 10 and now in my 30s its still amazing. There are scenes I think about all the time my whole life. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/04/22 Full Review Holley L One of my all time favorite movies from my childhood! A list cast before they were A list. My sister and I still use numerous quotes from this movie almost everyday. And it's got Kevin Costner enough said. 😉😁 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/01/22 Full Review Audience Member This is an amazing movie to watch with the kids.It teaches you that love brings us together and puts aside our differences. So round up the family and a bowl of popcorn and sit back and enjoy! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Oh, sure, there's plenty of heart warming scenes. Plenty of scenes to make you smile. But, let's not BS ourselves here: what good does all this do, when you're not sure what you've watched by the time it's over!? If it's for kids, then I think their were too many violent scenes and the subject matter was too intense for most. If it's for adults, then there were too many scenes with kids acting like retards. And if it's for teens, then I don't think they'd be too interested in this movie altogether. So. There you go. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member This is one of my favorite movies, I'm not sure why it's got such a low rating on here tbh. It will make you laugh and cry and think about things from so many perspectives and you'll quote pieces of it forever more once you've seen it. I have friends I've introduced it to who will quote it to me years later. Any if you've ever lived in the rural South, regardless of the time frame, there will be more than a few parts you will probably feel personally connected to. A timeless look at life and death, of youth and old age and the complicated stuff in between, of friendship, of poverty, and a little bit of everything else. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Emotionally exceptional and highly socially significant. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      David Ansen Newsweek It's impossible to tell whom this movie was made for. Even William Bennett would have trouble staying awake. Feb 21, 2018 Full Review James Berardinelli ReelViews Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times This is one of those films so overwrought and overwritten that a perfectly good human story gets swamped in Statements About the Human Condition. Rated: 2/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily Rated: 4/5 Oct 14, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 7, 2005 Full Review Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews Rated: 3/5 Nov 19, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis In 1970s rural Mississippi, Vietnam veteran Stephen Simmons (Kevin Costner) adjusts to life after military service. Plagued by nightmares about his wartime experiences, Stephen finds some measure of peace in his new mining job and his relationship with his wife, Lois (Mare Winningham). As Stephen works through his battle trauma, his children -- son Stu (Elijah Wood) and daughter Lidia (Lexi Randall) -- wage a war against a group of neighborhood kids over the ownership of a tree house.
      Director
      Jon Avnet
      Screenwriter
      Kathy McWorter
      Production Co
      Island World
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 18, 2014
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $16.5M
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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