The War – Filtered

Theatrical Release: November 4, 1994
DVD Release: May 3, 2001
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Synopsis

Vietnam War vet Costner must deal with a war of a different sort between his son and their friends, and a rival group of children. He also must deal with his own personal and employment problems that have resulted from his Vietnam experiences.

Dove Review

This sad and depressing movie stars Kevin Costner as Stephen Simmons, a down and out Vietnam war era veteran. He returns from the war wracked with nightmares of how he could have saved the life of his best friend if he had been more courageous. He has no money, so his family lives a dirt-poor life in late 1960’s rural Mississippi. He has two children who roam their rural turf in constant battle with the children of a rival family. The best friend of the youngest Simmons girl is a saucy young black girl who smokes cigarettes in the presence of adults and casually speaks of being paid by a family member following an incident of molestation. These children constantly fight with their rivals. There are fistfights where teeth are knocked out, and Mr. Simmons is forced to fight the father of the rival family when his children are threatened with a tire iron.

The Dove Foundation does not recommend this movie. There are numerous scenes of fighting among youths. There are youths attacking each other with gasoline-based explosives. Furthermore, sexually explicit language and underage use of tobacco make this movie especially inappropriate viewing for any except a very mature audience.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: Father roughly disciplines his son, boy is kicked in his face, man assaulted and held on the ground by his neck, boy shoves his mother, boy is punched and tooth knocked out, tree house was set on fire, bloody battle staged by children, scenes of war.
Sex: Young girl talked about being sexually abused by family member.
Language: Racist word: ni*ger.
Violence: Father roughly disciplines his son, boy is kicked in his face, man assaulted and held on the ground by his neck, boy shoves his mother, boy is punched and tooth knocked out, tree house was set on fire, bloody battle staged by children, scenes of war.
Drugs: Young girls smoking cigarettes and in the presence adults.
Nudity: None
Other: None

Info

Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Jon Avnet
Producer: Jon Avnet
Genre: Action
Runtime: 127 min.
Reviewer: Lynda C. Rush