Friday, September 30, 2011

Double Feature: Coming Home (1978) and Missing (1982)

Coming Home:

In Oscar-winning performances, Jon Voight and Jane Fonda headline this controversial 1978 drama about the effects of the Vietnam war on veterans. Bruce Dern also gives a fine performance in this terrific Best Picture nominee.

The film received nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor (Dern), Best Supporting Actress (Milford), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing. It was worthy of all of them, and the film still holds up today.


Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek star as a father and daughter-in-law in search of their son/husband in this 1982 drama. Costa-Gavras (and Donald Stewart) won an Oscar for the film's screenplay, arguably as a reward for his superior Z (1969 Best Picture nominee).

The film received nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Since the film is an intriguing politically-charged work, it fits well within the standards of the Oscars and is in the league of a great many films nominated in the 1970s.

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