Both Jane Fonda and Jon Voight won Oscars for their performances in Coming Home
, a profoundly moving 1978 flick dealing with the aftereffects of the Vietnam War. Fonda, feeling isolated while her hawkish husband (Bruce Dern) is away in Vietnam, follows a friend's example and volunteers at a veteran's hospital. There she is reacquainted with Voight, an old friend who has returned from the war as a paraplegic. Lonely and disconnected from her husband, Fonda finds love--and fulfilling sex--with Voight. The sex scenes, very steamy for the time, are still provocative. This mature love story is about expanding your horizons, and is both moving and thoughtful. Director Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude
) does succumb to melodrama on occasion, but these are forgivable slips. --Rochelle O'Gorman, Amazon.com
Perhaps the most powerful picture ever made about the shattering aftermath of the Vietnam War, Coming Home
earned eight Academy Award nominations and three Oscars: Best Actress (Jane Fonda), Best Actor (Jon Voight) and Best Screenplay. Hailed by critics as dazzling, gripping and urforgettable, it is a heart-rending examination of a critical period in American history and an uncompromising, extraordinarily moving film.
When Marine Captain Bob Hyde (Bruce Dern) leaves for Vietnam, his wife, Sally (Fonda) volunteers at a local hospital. There she meets Luke Martin (Voight), a former sergeant whose war injury has left him a paraplegic. Embittered with rage and filled with frustration, Luke finds new hope and confidence through his growing intimacy with Sally. The relationship also transforms Sallys feeling about life, love and the horrors of war. And when, wounded and disillusioned, Sallys husband returns home, all three must grapple with the full impact of a brutal, distant war that has changed their lives forever.