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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)

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


Christopher Fennell

Billy Lipnicki

Donald Sellers

Arliss Lipnicki

Leon Sills

Leo Lipnicki

Will West

Lester Lucket

Brennan Gallagher


Adam Henderson


Charlette Julius


Jennifer Tyler

Ula Lipnicki

Lucas Black


Justin Lucas


What's worth fighting for?

Release Date: 4 November 1994

Filming Locations: Beaufort, South Carolina, USA

Gross: $16,551,365

Technical Specs



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.

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.