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)
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.
Lidia Joanne Simmons
What's worth fighting for?
Release Date: 4 November 1994
Filming Locations: Beaufort, South Carolina, USA
Amber's hands after she jumps from the tree with the rope.
Boy, sometimes all it takes is a split second for you to do something you'll regret the whole rest of your life.
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.