Hal Ashby
USA 1978
128 min

Jane Fonda stars as Sally, the prim and relatively privileged wife of a Marine Captain who leaves for Vietnam. Left at home, Sally volunteers at a local hospital. There, she meets Luke, an acquaintance from her school days. Once a vain jock, Luke has come home a haunted paraplegic. He gains a new lease of life through Sally, and the pair grow close, gradually trapping themselves within a tragic love triangle.
Ashby rejects the epic form so often appropriated for accounts of war. As its discursive opening indicates, his film favours debate and humanistic drama over battle and bombast. Unusually, we see no scenes of combat here - not even in the form of flashbacks. Of the main performances it is Fonda's that stands out. She is perfect for the part of the well-meaning wife who gains a new sense of independence in her husband's absence. (Chris Wiegand)

  • Jane Fonda - Sally Hyde
  • Jon Voight - Luke Martin
  • Bruce Dern - Capt. Bob Hyde
  • Penelope Milford - Vi Munson
  • Robert Carradine - Bill Munson
  • Waldo Salt
  • Robert C. Jones
  • Rudy Wurlitzer (ungenannt) nach einer Vorlage von Nancy Dowd
  • Haskell Wexler
  • Frank Warner
  • Don Zimmerman
  • George Brand
  • Michael Haller
  • Ann Roth
Jerome Hellman Productions

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35 mm
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