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Jon Avnet's The War is set in the rural south and brimming with lessons on social consciousness, much like his previous effort, Jon Avnet (1991). During the summer of 1970 in backwoods Mississippi, Stephen Simmons (Kevin Costner) is struggling to be a breadwinner for his family while still suffering post-traumatic stress disorder from his service in the Vietnam War. His wife Lois (Mare Winningham) provides most of the family income. Stephen gets a job in a mine and saves a friend who has been injured, helping him erase his guilt over abandoning another friend during a firefight in Vietnam. Meanwhile, the Simmons children, Stu (Elijah Wood) and Lidia (Lexi Randall) are feuding with an even poorer family of neighbors, the Lipnickis, over access to a tree fort that Stu and Lidia built. Mr. Lipnicki (Raynor Scheine) is drunken and abusive and helps escalate the disagreement into a major battle for the fort. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

  • Release date:November 4, 1994

Cast

Elijah Wood
as Stu Simmons
Kevin Costner
as Stephen
Mare Winningham
as Lois
Lexi Randall
as Lidia
Christine Baranski
as Miss Strapford
Raynor Scheine
as Mr. Lipnicki
Bruce A. Young
as Moe
LaToya Chisholm
as Elvadine
Charlotte Lewis
as Amber
Debra Zane
Mary Nell Santacroce
as Mrs. Higgens
Nick Searcy
as John Ray Wilkens
Gary Basaraba
as Dodge
Judson Vaughn
as Soldier
Afemo Omilami
as Quarry Man
Tim Ware
as Fat Man at Auction
J. Don Ferguson
as Mine Foreman
Tom Even
as Doctor
Lucas Black
as Ebb Lipnicki
Tom Even
as Doctor
Tim Ware
as Fat Man at Auction
Judson Vaughn
as Soldier
Gary Basaraba
as Dodge
J. Don Ferguson
as Mine Foreman
Mary Nell Santacroce
as Mrs. Higgens
Afemo Omilami
as Quarry Man
Nick Searcy
as John Ray Wilkens

Crew

Jon Avnet
Director
Jon Avnet
Producer
Jordan Kerner
Producer
Kathy Mcworter
Producer
Kathy Mcworter
Screenwriter
Geoffrey Simpson
Cinematographer
Thomas Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Kristi Zea
Production Designer
Alma Kuttruff
Production Designer
Jeremy Conway
Art Director
Lisa Lindstrom
Co-producer
Martin Huberty
Co-producer
Deborah Love
Associate Producer
Karen O'Hara
Set Designer
Molly Maginnis
Costume Designer
Deborah Love
First Assistant Director
Debra Zane
Casting
Rosemary Zurlo
Makeup
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