Welcome Home (1989)

R | 92 mins | Drama | 28 September 1989

Writer:

Maggie Kleinman

Producer:

Martin Ransohoff

Cinematographer:

Fred Koenekamp

Editor:

Robert E. Swink

Production Designer:

Dan Yarhi

Production Company:

Albacore Productions
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HISTORY


       According to an 18 May 1988 Var news item which referred to the film by its working title, Passage, the budget was $11 million.
       An 8 Aug 1988 HR news brief announced that principal photography started on 6 Aug 1988 in Woodstock, VT. After two days of shooting, the production moved to Toronto, Canada. Production notes in AMPAS Library stated that the Canadian Forces bases in Kingston and Trenton, Ontario, Canada were used as a replacement for Everett Air Force base in New York. Other locales in Toronto included: Madison Central Office Tower, the suburb of Rosedale, and Pierson International Airport. The home used for Woody and Sarah’s house was an early 1900s mansion in Orilla, Ontario.
       After filming in Canada for ten weeks, production shifted to Bangkok, Thailand.
      The following statements appear in end credits: “This motion picture is dedicated to the memory of Franklin J. Schaffner 1920-1989.” Director Franklin Schaffer died on 2 Jul 1989 of lung cancer. Welcome Home was his final movie. Another dedication reads: “In Memoriam Trey Wilson 1948-1989.” Actor Trey Wilson succumbed to a cerebral hemorrhage in New York City on 16 Jan 1989.

              “Special thanks" are given to: "Town of Bracebridge, Ontario; Village of Woodstock, Vermont; Village of Old Bennington, Vermont; Malaysian Airlines System; Marilyn Gibbons; Olympic Airlines; Fenwick/Woodstream Canada; General Motors of Canada; Department of National Defense and Canadian Armed Forces; The Chief Minister, Government & People of Sawawak, Malaysia; The Royal Malaysian Air Force; The Malaysian Army; They Royal Malaysian ... More Less


       According to an 18 May 1988 Var news item which referred to the film by its working title, Passage, the budget was $11 million.
       An 8 Aug 1988 HR news brief announced that principal photography started on 6 Aug 1988 in Woodstock, VT. After two days of shooting, the production moved to Toronto, Canada. Production notes in AMPAS Library stated that the Canadian Forces bases in Kingston and Trenton, Ontario, Canada were used as a replacement for Everett Air Force base in New York. Other locales in Toronto included: Madison Central Office Tower, the suburb of Rosedale, and Pierson International Airport. The home used for Woody and Sarah’s house was an early 1900s mansion in Orilla, Ontario.
       After filming in Canada for ten weeks, production shifted to Bangkok, Thailand.
      The following statements appear in end credits: “This motion picture is dedicated to the memory of Franklin J. Schaffner 1920-1989.” Director Franklin Schaffer died on 2 Jul 1989 of lung cancer. Welcome Home was his final movie. Another dedication reads: “In Memoriam Trey Wilson 1948-1989.” Actor Trey Wilson succumbed to a cerebral hemorrhage in New York City on 16 Jan 1989.

              “Special thanks" are given to: "Town of Bracebridge, Ontario; Village of Woodstock, Vermont; Village of Old Bennington, Vermont; Malaysian Airlines System; Marilyn Gibbons; Olympic Airlines; Fenwick/Woodstream Canada; General Motors of Canada; Department of National Defense and Canadian Armed Forces; The Chief Minister, Government & People of Sawawak, Malaysia; The Royal Malaysian Air Force; The Malaysian Army; They Royal Malaysian Police." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
8 Aug 1988.
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Los Angeles Times
29 Sep 1989
Calendar, p. 4.
New York Times
29 Sep 1989
p. 4.
Variety
18 May 1988
p. 47.
Variety
24 May 1989
p. 32.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Columbia Pictures presents
A Martin Ransohoff production
A Franklin J. Schaffner film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
Unit prod mgr, Vermont crew
2d asst dir, Vermont crew
Prod mgr, Southeast Asia crew
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Steadicam/Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Gaffer
Best boy
Asst cam, Vermont crew
Cam op, Southeast Asia crew
Asst cam, Southeast Asia crew
Gaffer, Southeast Asia crew
Key grip, Southeast Asia crew
Still photog, Southeast Asia crew
Panaflex® cams & lenses supplied by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dept comptroller
Art dir, Southeast Asia crew
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Asst ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dresser
Prop master
Const coord
Head carpenter
Scenic coord
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Set dec, Vermont crew
Prop master, Vermont crew
COSTUMES
Cost des
Key ward
Ward mistress
Ward dresser
MUSIC
Theme song, Mus by
Theme song, Lyrics by
Theme song, Lyrics by
Theme song performed by
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Sd eff ed
Foley by
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Sd mixer, Southeast Asia crew
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff coord, Southeast Asia crew
Titles by
MAKEUP
Key makeup artist
Key hairdresser
Makeup artist, Vermont crew
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Canadian casting by
Prod exec
Prod coord
Unit/Loc mgr
Scr supv
Prod accountant
Asst to Mr. Carmody
Prod secy
Asst loc mgr
Asst prod accountant
Transportation coord
Unit pub
Public relations
Extras casting
Extras casting
Transportation coord, Vermont crew
Malaysia coord, Southeast Asia crew
Malaysia coord, Southeast Asia crew
Thailand liaison, Southeast Asia crew
Prod coord, Southeast Asia crew
Loc mgr (Malaysia), Southeast Asia crew
Cont supv, Southeast Asia crew
Tech services in Malaysia provided by
Prod services provided by
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
Col timer
SOURCES
SONGS
“Your Song,” written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin, performed by Elton John, courtesy of MCA Records & DJM Records
Willie Nelson, courtesy of CBS Records
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 September 1989
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 29 September 1989
Production Date:
began 6 August 1988
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 November 1989
Copyright Number:
PA454913
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
92
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29547
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In May 1987, Lieutenant Jerimiah T. “Jake” Robbins, an escaped American prisoner of war becomes ill. His Cambodian wife, Leang, and their two children, hack their way through a jungle to carry the unconscious man to Thailand. Along the way, they are attacked by helicopters and almost killed when their water buffalo detonates a land mine. Arriving at a refugee camp, Jake is forcibly taken from Leang by Thai soldiers. Weeks later, Jake awakens from his coma to discover he is in a U.S. Air Force hospital in upstate New York. Yelling for Leang, Jake attempts to get out of bed, but Dwayne, an orderly, restrains him. A doctor arrives and promises they will help Jake find his family once he has recovered. When Jake falls asleep, the doctor orders Dwayne to forget everything he just heard. Days later, Colonel Barnes listens as Jake describes how he was shot down in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. He was captured by the Viet Minh, who, after failing to force him into confessing he was a war criminal for bombing civilians, stuck him in a bamboo cage for four years. One day the camp was attacked by the Khmer Rouge and Jake was able to escape into the jungle, where Leang found him. For the next thirteen years, while hiding from the Khmer Rouge, Jake fathered two children with Leang. Barnes reminds Jake that he was already married an American, Sarah Robbins, in 1970. Jake insists his only family is in Thailand and he wants them out. Days later, Dwayne the orderly reveals that ... +


In May 1987, Lieutenant Jerimiah T. “Jake” Robbins, an escaped American prisoner of war becomes ill. His Cambodian wife, Leang, and their two children, hack their way through a jungle to carry the unconscious man to Thailand. Along the way, they are attacked by helicopters and almost killed when their water buffalo detonates a land mine. Arriving at a refugee camp, Jake is forcibly taken from Leang by Thai soldiers. Weeks later, Jake awakens from his coma to discover he is in a U.S. Air Force hospital in upstate New York. Yelling for Leang, Jake attempts to get out of bed, but Dwayne, an orderly, restrains him. A doctor arrives and promises they will help Jake find his family once he has recovered. When Jake falls asleep, the doctor orders Dwayne to forget everything he just heard. Days later, Colonel Barnes listens as Jake describes how he was shot down in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. He was captured by the Viet Minh, who, after failing to force him into confessing he was a war criminal for bombing civilians, stuck him in a bamboo cage for four years. One day the camp was attacked by the Khmer Rouge and Jake was able to escape into the jungle, where Leang found him. For the next thirteen years, while hiding from the Khmer Rouge, Jake fathered two children with Leang. Barnes reminds Jake that he was already married an American, Sarah Robbins, in 1970. Jake insists his only family is in Thailand and he wants them out. Days later, Dwayne the orderly reveals that the Air Force is covering up Jake’s identity, listing him as “Thomas Morgan” when he was brought into the hospital. According to Jake’s real military file, he was listed as killed in action and the Air Force is trying to cover up its mistake. Jake confronts Col. Barnes who admits that in 1973, the Vietnamese government returned a charred body along with Jake’s personal items, claiming he died when his plane was shot down. Air Force forensics confirmed the identity. The U. S government fears that with Jake’s reappearance, other military families will demand investigation to determine if there are other military personnel still being held in captivity. Barnes implies that Jake could be part of a Vietnamese plot to use the possibility of any remaining prisoners of war as bargaining chips to force the U.S. to normalize relations between the two countries. Therefore, Jake’s existence remains top secret. Jake agrees to cooperate only if Col. Barnes retrieves his family from Thailand and he is allowed to contact his parents. Before he leaves, Col. Barnes informs Jake that Sarah Robins has remarried. Barnes arranges a new identity for Jake and informs him he cannot leave the country and must keep the Air Force abreast of his whereabouts at all times. Barnes hands him a bag full of money representing his back pay. Jake drives to his parent’s house in Vermont and surprises his father, Harry Robins. After learning that his mother passed away a few years earlier, he visits her grave to find a tombstone bearing his own name. The next day, Harry Robins informs his son that Sarah gave birth Jake’s son, Tyler. Jake drives to Sarah’s and watches her from his car. She sees him and rushes into Jake’s arm just as Tyler rides by on his bike. Confused, the boy rushes into the house. Unaware they have been observed, Jake apologizes for coming and tells Sarah if either she or Tyler need anything she should call. That night, Jake voices his guilt for not trying to escape from Cambodia, preferring to stay with his new family. His father feels regret for talking Jake into enlisting. Meanwhile, Sarah has dinner with her husband, Woody, and Tyler. She announces she cannot accompany them on a fishing trip because she is busy arranging a charity event. Tyler asks to be excused, leaves the house, and does not return until sunrise. The next day, Jake installs insulation in Harry’s attic to convert it into a room for Leang and their children. A confused Sarah appears, still in her pajamas. After Jake informs her that Harry is away, Sarah confesses she has never stopped loving Jake and they make love. Later, Harry comes in to find them dressing, and warns them to be careful. Days later, Dwayne the orderly visits to inform Jake he has discovered a file that reported a possible sighting of Jake back in 1979 and suggests the government may be covering up knowledge of others still being held captive in Vietnam. Later, Colonel Barnes arrives and reports that Leang was killed two weeks earlier when the Vietnamese shelled the refugee camp. Jake’s children are not listed among the casualties, but were considered missing. Jake demands Barnes finds his children or their deal is off. That night, Tyler comes home drunk. The next morning, Sarah confronts her son about his drinking and is horrified to learn that Tyler thinks she is having an affair. When Tyler learns his father is alive, be bolts out of the house. Sarah drives to Woody’s office and tells him about Jake. Although upset, Woody invites Jake over to meet Tyler. The boy accuses Jake of being a deserter and declares he wants nothing to do with him. Jake apologizes for coming and leaves. Days later, Jake visits U.S. Senator Camden to tell him his story and request his help locating his children. Camden calls a meeting with Barnes during which the colonel threatens to have Jake court martialed if he goes public with his story. Camden counters that he will open a Senate investigation on why the military was willing to let Jake remain in Cambodia when they had proof he was alive. Barnes waivers when Jake states he not only wants his family back, but also wants the man buried in his grave returned to his family so they can have closure. That night, Sarah finds Woody staring out at the lake. She declares she only loves him and asks for his forgiveness, whereupon he takes her in his arms. The next morning, Barnes meets Jake and Senator Camden at the airport, gives Jake a passport, the location of his children and wishes him good luck. Camden accompanies Jake to Thailand where they find the children in a refugee camp. Once united, they all return to the U.S. Days later, Woody counsels Tyler to stop worrying that Jake will destroy their family and declares that their love is strong enough to extend to Jake. He hands Tyler a letter from Jake. After reading it, Tyler drives to Harry’s to meet his brother and reunite with Jake. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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