Welcome Home (1989 film)

Welcome Home is a 1989 American drama film directed by Franklin Schaffner. This film stars Kris Kristofferson as a Vietnam War veteran who returns to his family and tries to readjust to life after a nearly 20 year absence. The film also stars JoBeth Williams, Brian Keith, and Sam Waterston. The theme song for the film, "Welcome Home" was performed by Willie Nelson.

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


Jake Robbins went off to Vietnam, leaving his wife behind to mourn when he is reported missing and presumed dead. Seventeen years later, he unexpectedly returns. Having been a prisoner of war, Jake was rescued and ended up in Cambodia where he had 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.[citation needed]


Box office and critical receptionEdit

The film was not a box-office success.[1] 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."[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The Wonder Years Faces Growing Pains". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-03-29.

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