Welcome Home (1989 film)

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Welcome Home
Promotional film poster
Directed byFranklin Schaffner
Written byMaggie Kleinman
StarringKris Kristofferson
JoBeth Williams
Sam Waterston
Brian Keith
Kieu Chinh
Music byHenry Mancini
CinematographyFred J. Koenekamp
Edited byRobert Swink
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
September 29, 1989
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$11 million[1]
Box office$1,048,322

Welcome Home is a 1989 drama film directed by Franklin Schaffner and starring Kris Kristofferson as a Vietnam War veteran who returns to his family after many years and who tries to readjust to life nearly 20 years later.

The film also stars JoBeth Williams, Brian Keith, and Sam Waterston, with the song "Welcome Home" performed by Willie Nelson.


Jake Robbins went off to Vietnam, leaving his wife behind to mourn when he is reported missing, presumed dead. Seventeen years later, he unexpectedly returns.

Having been a prisoner of war, Jake was rescued and ended up in Cambodia having a family. Jake's reappearance is a godsend for his father, Harry, but a mixed blessing for wife Sarah, who has moved on with her life.

While old feelings stir in her, Jake confronts the military on how his disappearance was handled, and, more importantly, on how to track down his missing Southeast Asian wife and child.


Box Office and Critical Reception[edit]

The film was not a box office success.[2] Movie historian Leonard Maltin's TV, Movie & Video Guide gave the picture 2 out of a possible 4 stars, citing it as "...tolerably sincere at best, embalmed at worst."


  1. ^ http://catalog.afi.com/Catalog/moviedetails/58350
  2. ^ "The Wonder Years Faces Growing Pains". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-03-29.

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