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When Sally Hyde's (Jane Fonda) husband, a ramrod-straight marine captain, Bob Hyde (Bruce Dern), is sent to Vietnam, she leaves the isolated world of the officer's quarters and begins volunteer social work at the veterans hospital. There her unthinking support of the war and her blindness to its effects are challenged by meeting the crippled men struggling to recover, psychologically as well as physically, from their time in country. Many, like Luke Martin (Jon Voight), now a paraplegic, are embittered and full of unfocused, uncontrollable rage, which he takes out on the prim, controlled Sally. Interestingly, they went to the same large high school, but she was a pretty, popular cheerleader type and he was just a guy in the back of the class. Gradually, as she changes politically (always signaled by changes in hair and fashion) and he recovers emotionally, they become friends and then lovers. This causes a sexual awakening in Sally that furthers her transformation from a repressed wife to an independent ...
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CastTresa Hughes
DirectorHal Ashby
Release Date:  1978
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (April 16, 2002)
Runtime:  2hr 7min
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review by . August 12, 2000
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Pros: ...     Cons: ....     One of the few Viet Nam movies I would recommend although I am sure it, too, is steeped in mistruths and falsehoods. At times it seems to drag except when Fonda, Voight and Dern are together, or when Fonda is in the hospital with the patients. Overall though I think it is a wonderful movie that deserved more awards than it received, but I am sure it must have been against some power mogul at the time.      The …
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