The War at Home

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The War at Home (Touchstone Movie)

“The War at Home” is a drama film released in 1996, directed by Emilio Estevez, who also stars in the movie. The film addresses the emotional aftermath of the Vietnam War and its impact on a family in a small town in Kansas.

The story revolves around Jeremy Collier (played by Emilio Estevez), a Vietnam War veteran who returns home after serving in the war. He struggles with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is haunted by the traumatic experiences he endured during the war.

Back in his hometown, Jeremy finds it challenging to reintegrate into civilian life and reconnect with his family, including his father, Bob Collier (played by Martin Sheen), a Korean War veteran, and his sister Karen (played by Kimberly Williams-Paisley).

The film delves into the complex dynamics within the Collier family as they grapple with the effects of war on their loved ones. Jeremy’s PTSD causes tensions, misunderstandings, and conflicts, leading to emotional turmoil for everyone involved.

As the family confronts the painful and deeply buried issues from the past, they embark on a journey of healing, understanding, and forgiveness.

“The War at Home” is a powerful and emotionally charged film that addresses the often overlooked struggles faced by veterans and their families in the aftermath of war. Emilio Estevez delivers a compelling and vulnerable performance, shining a light on the long-lasting effects of war trauma on individuals and their loved ones.

The film received critical acclaim for its honest portrayal of the emotional toll of war and the importance of addressing the psychological wounds faced by veterans. “The War at Home” serves as a touchstone for those seeking a thought-provoking and poignant exploration of the lasting impacts of war on individuals and families.

Additional Details


  • Kathy Bates: Maurine Collier
  • Martin Sheen: Bob Collier
  • Emilio Estevez: Jeremy Collier
  • Kimberly Williams: Karen Collier
  • Corin Nemec: Donald
  • Carla Gugino: Melissa
  • Ann Hearn: Professor Tracey


  • Director: Emilio Estevez
  • Producers: James Duff, Brad Krevoy, Emilio Estevez and Steven Stabler
  • Writer: James Duff

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