Coming Home

Hal Ashby, USA 1978, 127’
Bound for Glory Being There

In 1978, Hollywood finally decided it was time to make movies that addressed the Vietnam War, and that year two movies which took on the subject made a huge impact: Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter and Hal Ashby's Coming Home. Ashby's film is the more anti-war of the two, and focuses its attention on the damage the war caused - not only the physical and psychological scars suffered by soldiers, but also the impact of the conflict on those back home. Like producer-star Jane Fonda, Ashby was ardently against Vietnam and so Coming Home was a project of an immensely personal importance to him; the way he immersed himself in the stories of the people who experienced and were damaged by the war made the film the most profound and heartfelt of his career. That investment in truth and emotional authenticity is also all too evident in the deeply committed and moving performances of Fonda and her co-star Jon Voight (playing a paraplegic veteran), who won Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Actress, respectively. The screenplay, which Ashby had workshopped extensively and was also partly improvised by his actors, won an Oscar as well.

Nick Dawson


Oscars 1979 - Best Actor, Actress, Screenplay; Golden Globes, USA 1979; Cannes IFF 1978 - Best Actor

Hal Ashby

Hal Ashby, in full William Hal Ashby, (1929-1988), American filmmaker, one of the preeminent directors of the 1970s, who was especially noted for such films as Harold and Maude (1971), Shampoo (1975), and Being There (1979). 

Selected filmography

1970 Właściciel / The Landlord

1971 Harold i Maude / Harold and Maude

1973 Ostatnie zadanie / The Last Detail

1975 Szampon / Shampoo

1976 By nie pełzać na kolanach / Bound for Glory

1978 Powrót do domu / Coming Home

1979 Wystarczy być / Being There

Cast & Crew

director Hal Ashby
screenplay Waldo Salt, Robert C. Jones, Nancy Dowd
cinematography Haskell Wexler
editing Don Zimmerman
cast Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern
producer Jerome Hellman
production Jerome Hellman Productions, Jayne Productions Inc.
sales MGM
language English
coloration colour
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