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Disabled Vets in Film

A Zed & Two Noughts (1985)

Directed by Peter Greenaway. Cast: Andrea Ferreol, Eric Deacon, Brian Deacon, Frances Barber, Joss Ackland. Darkly comic story of twin zoologists who become obsessed with the search for life's meaning. When their wives are killed in a freak car accident, the brothers start an affair with the car's driver, Alba, who lost a leg in the accident. Throughout this affair, the two become fixated on the process of decay and begin an intense study on decomposition using animals from the zoo that leads to the ultimate experiment. 115 min.

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Directed by Oliver Stone. Cast: Tom Cruise. Follows the young Ron Kovic from his days as a zealous teen who eagerly joins up for the Vietnam War, to his return from the war as an embittered veteran, paralyzed from mid-chest down. Chronicles his disillusionment with the country's continued involvement in Vietnam, his physical struggle and his emergence as a brave new voice for thousands of disenchanted vets. 145 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Coming Home (1978)

Directed by Hal Ashby. Cast: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern. A sad, poignant love story set against the social upheaval of the Vietnam war. Set in 1968, the story concerns a woman who, while her husband is serving in Vietnam, falls in love with a paraplegic while performing volunteer work at a San Diego veterans hospital. And when, wounded and disillusioned, her husband returns home, they must each grapple with the full impact of a brutal, distant war that has changed their lives forever. 130 min.

Cutter's Way (1981)

Directed by Ivan Passer. Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn, Stephen Elliott. Suspectd of murdering a teenage girl, Richard Bone, a laidback Santa Barbara boat salesman and gigolo, turns to his best friend, Alex Cutter, a disabled Vietnam veteran, for help in finding the real killer. But Bone gets more than he bargained for when Cutter instead of contacting the police, tries to blackmail their suspect who violently turns the tables on them. 109 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Home of the Brave (1949)

Directed by Mark Robson. Cast: Lloyd Bridges, James Edwards, Frank Lovejoy, Douglas Dick, Steve Brodie, Jeff Corey. "Aparalyzed African-American war veteran Private Peter Moss (Edwards) begins to walk again only when he confronts his fear of forever being an "outsider." The film utilizes the recurrent theme of a diverse group of men being subjected to the horrorof war and their individual reactions, in this case, the hellof jungle combat against the Japanese in WW II.

Home of the Brave (USA / Morocco, 2006)

Directed by Irwin Winkler. Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel, Brian Presley, Curtis Jackson, Chad Michael Murray. Shortly after receiving the news that they will soon be reunited with their families back in the United States, a unit serving in Iraq is deployed on one last humanitarian mission. Their objective is to deliver medical supplies to a remote Iraqi village. Upon arriving in the village, the unit is viciously ambushed and many lives are lost.

Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

Directed by Dalton Trumbo. Cast: Tomothy Bottoms, Kathy Fields, Marsha Hunt, Jason Robards, Donald Sutherland, Diane Varsi. In 1918 a soldier is badly wounded and has both his arms and legs amputated. Plunged into a chilling nightmare, we hear the young war victim's thoughts. Based on a novel by Dalton Trumbo. 106 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Lucky Star (1929)

Directed by Frank Borzage. Cast: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Guinn Williams, Hedwig Reicher, Paul Fix. Mary, a poor farm girl, meets Tim just as word comes that war has been declared. Tim enlists in the army and goes to the battlefields of Europe, where he is wounded and loses the use of his legs. Home again, Tim is visited by Mary, and they are powerfully attracted to each other; but his physical handicap prevents him from declaring his love for her. Deeper complications set in when Martin, Tim's former sergeant and a bully, takes a shine to Mary.

Random Harvest (1942)

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn, Susan Peters, Henry Travers, Reginald Owen, Bramwell Fletcher. An amnesiac war casualty of World War I marries and settles happily into a tidy, humble life until an accident brings back memories of a former life of wealth and privilege while blocking all recollection of his existence since the war. Thus one man disappears, and another man long missing turns up and claims his vast inheritance. But what does his devoted wife, whom he no longer recognizes, do? Based on the novel by James Hilton.

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Directed by William Wyler. Cast: Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Hoagy Carmichael, Virginia Mayo and Harold Russell. Three returning WWII veterans face problems as they attempt to pick up the threads of their previous lives. One of the central characters in the film is played by Harold Russell, a vet who had lost both arms in the war. 170 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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