The War

November 4th, 1994


The War

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Vietnam War vet Costner must deal with a war of a different sort between his son and their friends, and a rival group of children...

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 6.4/10 (6,257 voted)

Director: Jon Avnet

Stars: Elijah Wood, Kevin Costner, Mare Winningham

Vietnam War vet Costner 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.

Elijah Wood - Stu Simmons
Kevin Costner - Stephen Simmons
Mare Winningham - Lois Simmons
Lexi Randall - Lidia Joanne Simmons
LaToya Chisholm - Elvadine
Christopher Fennell - Billy Lipnicki
Donald Sellers - Arliss Lipnicki
Leon Sills - Leo Lipnicki
Will West - Lester Lucket
Brennan Gallagher - Marsh
Adam Henderson - Chet
Charlette Julius - Amber
Jennifer Tyler - Ula Lipnicki
Lucas Black - Ebb
Justin Lucas - Willard

Taglines: What's worth fighting for?

Release Date: 4 November 1994

Filming Locations: Beaufort, South Carolina, USA

Gross: $16,551,365 (USA)

Technical Specs


Continuity: Amber's hands after she jumps from the tree with the rope.

Stephen: Boy, sometimes all it takes is a split second for you to do something you'll regret the whole rest of your life.

User Review

The simple, unappealing name does not do justice to this fine film.


Who would want to see a movie called "The War?" Not, me, and that's why I only saw this 1994 movie tonight, on TV. And I was pleasantly amazed at how good it is. Costner turns out to have a very strong "supporting" role because the movie really is about Elijah Woods' character and the other kids who find out about the real war we human beings seem to fight daily. Excellent mix of humor, action, drama, sadness, and triumph. The "dare" scene inside the water tank was one of the more gripping I've seen in any film. I rate it "8" but almost feel it deserves a "9".

Feb 2006 update. I saw it again, on DVD, and most of the movie was fresh again. After Costner's character was faced with killing people in the Vietnam war, he fully understood that love was the only thing fighting for. This is what he was able to pass down to his son and daughter. As they say, in any 'war', even the ones we may fight with our neighbors, we always lose track of the real reason we are fighting and destroy the things we value.


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