Welcome Home Soldier Boys (1972)

R | 91-92 mins | Drama | February 1972

Director:

Richard Compton

Producer:

Marvin Schwartz

Cinematographer:

Don Birnkrant

Editor:

Patrick Kennedy

Production Designer:

Hilyard M. Brown

Production Company:

Marvin Schwartz Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were The Kill Machine and Five Days Home . Elliot Schick’s onscreen credit, which misspells his first name as "Elliott," reads: “Unit production manager/Assistant director.” Singer-composer Ronee Blakley and bluegrass group The Country Gazette perform several pieces on the film’s soundtrack, but their titles have not been identified. Although a Sep 1970 DV ad for the picture listed James Tanenbaum as producer, Tanenbaum’s contribution to the final film has not been determined.
       According to studio publicity and news items, location shooting took place in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, including Little Rock, AR, Carlsbad and Hope, NM, and Cordel, OK. In Little Rock, the Veterans Hospital served as the Fort Hunter Ligget Separation Center, while the Sam Peck motel was used for the Texas party scene. The exteriors for Danny’s Oklahoma home were shot in Cordel, but the high school basketball game was filmed in Carlsbad. ... More Less

The working titles of this film were The Kill Machine and Five Days Home . Elliot Schick’s onscreen credit, which misspells his first name as "Elliott," reads: “Unit production manager/Assistant director.” Singer-composer Ronee Blakley and bluegrass group The Country Gazette perform several pieces on the film’s soundtrack, but their titles have not been identified. Although a Sep 1970 DV ad for the picture listed James Tanenbaum as producer, Tanenbaum’s contribution to the final film has not been determined.
       According to studio publicity and news items, location shooting took place in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, including Little Rock, AR, Carlsbad and Hope, NM, and Cordel, OK. In Little Rock, the Veterans Hospital served as the Fort Hunter Ligget Separation Center, while the Sam Peck motel was used for the Texas party scene. The exteriors for Danny’s Oklahoma home were shot in Cordel, but the high school basketball game was filmed in Carlsbad. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
10 May 1971.
p. 12.
Box Office
21 Feb 1972
p. 4463.
Daily Variety
4 Sep 1970.
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Filmfacts
1972
pp. 502-04.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jan 1971
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 1972.
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New York Times
9 Sep 1972
p. 13.
Variety
16 Feb 1972
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Marvin Schwartz Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus supv
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Rerec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec mechanical eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
STAND INS
Action coord
SOURCES
MUSIC
Bluegrass selections by The Country Gazette.
SONGS
By Ronee Blakley.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Five Days Home
The Kill Machine
Release Date:
February 1972
Production Date:
began 15 February 1971 in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 March 1972
Copyright Number:
LP42090
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex Recording System
Color
DeLuxe
Duration(in mins):
91-92
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Fresh from combat in Vietnam, four Green Beret soldiers—Danny, Fatback, The Kid and Shooter—arrive at Fort Hunter Ligget, a Separation Center in Arkansas. Single and unsure about the future, the men decide to pool their savings and head for Napa Valley, California, where Kid owns 300 acres of land. At a car dealership, the veterans dicker with a salesman to buy a used Cadillac limousine, replacing old parts and tuning up the vehicle as they negotiate. Satisfied they have gotten the best deal possible, the foursome pay the dealer in cash, then set off for California. Soon after, on a rural highway, the men stop to help a young woman whose car has broken down. Unable to fix her car, the men offer her a ride. At first, the woman declines, as she is headed east, but changes her mind and climbs in the limousine with her little dog. While they are driving west that night, the woman, whom the men refer to as Broad, has sex with Danny, Fatback and Shooter in the backseat. Once in Oklahoma, the veterans decide to drop Broad off at a bus station and pay her $100. Broad, however, refuses to take a bus and demands $500. The men balk and when Broad threatens to accuse them of kidnapping her, Danny begins spanking and wrestling with her in anger. Screaming and kicking, Broad grasps at the door handle, and when the door flies open, she tumbles out of the speeding limousine. Though momentarily stunned, the men conclude that Broad is probably dead and drive on. The next day, after frolicking ... +


Fresh from combat in Vietnam, four Green Beret soldiers—Danny, Fatback, The Kid and Shooter—arrive at Fort Hunter Ligget, a Separation Center in Arkansas. Single and unsure about the future, the men decide to pool their savings and head for Napa Valley, California, where Kid owns 300 acres of land. At a car dealership, the veterans dicker with a salesman to buy a used Cadillac limousine, replacing old parts and tuning up the vehicle as they negotiate. Satisfied they have gotten the best deal possible, the foursome pay the dealer in cash, then set off for California. Soon after, on a rural highway, the men stop to help a young woman whose car has broken down. Unable to fix her car, the men offer her a ride. At first, the woman declines, as she is headed east, but changes her mind and climbs in the limousine with her little dog. While they are driving west that night, the woman, whom the men refer to as Broad, has sex with Danny, Fatback and Shooter in the backseat. Once in Oklahoma, the veterans decide to drop Broad off at a bus station and pay her $100. Broad, however, refuses to take a bus and demands $500. The men balk and when Broad threatens to accuse them of kidnapping her, Danny begins spanking and wrestling with her in anger. Screaming and kicking, Broad grasps at the door handle, and when the door flies open, she tumbles out of the speeding limousine. Though momentarily stunned, the men conclude that Broad is probably dead and drive on. The next day, after frolicking by a river with Broad's dog, the veterans pull into Foley, Danny’s hometown. Danny reunites with his parents and married sister, who introduces him to his young nephew. Although Danny’s father tries to convince him to stay in Foley, Danny announces his plans to become a rancher in California with Kid and the others. Dismayed by his father’s lack of support and understanding, Danny storms away with his friends to watch a basketball game at his old high school. Danny quickly discovers that he no longer fits in with his former crowd and leaves town with Kid, Shooter and Fatback. Somewhere in Texas, the men stop at a deserted motel, where the owner offers to fix them up with some “off-duty” waitresses. The veterans horse around the motel pool and have sex with the women, who also give them comfort and a sympathetic ear. Danny confesses to Lydia, who is unhappily married to a rich man, that he killed 113 people in Vietnam, while Kid shows his companion a worn photograph of his California land. The next day, the limousine breaks down and is towed to the area’s only repair shop, where the mechanic declares that the engine needs replacing. Stuck, the veterans head for the nearest bar and are harassed by a Korean War veteran, who disparages their service in Vietnam. As Danny is about to throw a punch, the town sheriff appears and calms the men down. For their own protection, the sheriff suggests the foursome spend the night in the local jail. The next day, at the car shop, the veterans are stunned when the mechanic demands $1,400 for the repair. Danny and the mechanic exchange angry words, and once again the sheriff intercedes. When Danny attacks the mechanic in frustration, the sheriff orders the veterans to pay the bill and leave town. That night, while camping, Kid admits to Danny he has doubts about California, then discovers that he has lost his stash of money. With 1,800 miles still to go, the men realize they will have no money left with which to start their ranch. At a diner the next day, Kid’s luck seems to change when he wins $50 in a punchboard game. The diner’s insolvent owner has to pay Kid in food, however, and later, the limousine runs out of gas in New Mexico. As dawn nears, the men push the limousine to the nearest gas station in the small town of Hope, but no one is awake to serve them. While waiting for the station to open, Danny becomes impatient and begins to stomp on the gas pump lock. The noise alerts the gas station owner, and soon, a trooper pulls up and demands that Danny stop. Defiant, Danny continues to pound on the lock with his foot, prompting the owner to fire his rifle from a nearby balcony. In response, Danny and his friends open the limousine’s trunk and unload an arsenal of Army munitions, including grenades, machine guns and a bazooka. A shootout between the veterans and the townspeople ensues, and the four friends go into full combat mode, killing the town’s eighty-one residents. Later, as the National Guard encircle the smoldering town, Kid reveals to Danny that he does not actually own land in California, but merely dreamed of it. After the veterans, dressed in their Green Beret uniforms, shoot down a National Guard helicopter, the heavily armed guardsmen throw tear gas at them, then riddle them with machine-gun fire. +

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