Coming Home

Released by MGM, 1978

Starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford, Robert Carradine, Robert Ginty

Screenplay by Waldo Salt & Robert C. Jones, Rudy Wurlitzer (uncredited rewrite), Nancy Dowd (Story)

Directed by Hal Ashby

Director of Photography Haskell Wexler

Produced by Jerome Hellman

Jane Fonda plays the role of Sally Bender, the wife of a Captain in the United States Army during the Vietnam war. Sally volunteers to work in a Veteran's hospital. She discovers that Luke, one of her high school classmates, is a patient there. Luke, who has become paralyzed by his war injury, is not the only veteran with a disability who Sally meets in the hospital. Sally both becomes aware of disability and develops a romantic relationship with Luke. "Coming Home" shows how she begins to question some of her previous commitments while she expands her personal horizons.

1979 Oscar for Best Writing & Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Coming Home won Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jon Voight), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jane Fonda) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. It was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Bruce Dern), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Penelope Milford), Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Picture. The film was also nominated for the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the Cannes Film Festival and Voight won the Award for Best Actor for his performance.

127 min., Color

MGM DVD Edition ISBN 0 7928 5220 6 — 2002

Foreign Versions: "Amargo Regresso" — (Brazil); "O Gyrismos" — (Greece); "Hazatérés" — (Hungary); "Hemkomsten" — (Sweden?); "Katkera paluu" — (Finalnd); "Powrót do domu" — (Poland); "Regreso sin gloria" — (Argentina); "El Regreso" — (Spain); "Le Retour" — (Canada); "Ha-Shiva Habiata" — (Israel); "Sie kehren heim" — (West Germany); "Tornando a casa" — (Italy)