The after effects of the Vietnam War are presented through the lives of a veteran
suffering from PTSD (Bruce Willis) and his niece (Emily Lloyd) whose father died in
Vietnam. The niece wants to know more about her father but gets little help from her
remarried mother. Niece and uncle draw closer together and each helps the other find
peace with the past.
Bruce Willis received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.
This is a special presentation in conjunction with Shepherd University's
Appalachian Heritage Writer in Residence Program. This year's Appalachian Writer
in Residence is Bobbie Ann Mason and the film is based on one of her novels.
Post-film discussion led by Dr. David Hostetter, Director of Programs and Research at
the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University.
About the director Norman Jewison
About the writer Bobbie Ann Mason
Other background on the film
A selection of reviews of the film