Morgan Stewart's Coming Home

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Morgan Stewart's Coming Home
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alan Smithee
Paul Aaron
Terry Winsor
Produced by Stephen J. Friedman
Written by Ken Hixon
David N. Titcher
Story by David N. Titcher
Starring Jon Cryer
Lynn Redgrave
Paul Gleason
Nicholas Pryor
Viveka Davis
Music by Peter Bernstein
Cinematography Richard E. Brooks
Edited by Robert Lederman
Distributed by New Century Vista Film Company
Release dates
  • February 20, 1987 (1987-02-20)
Running time
96 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6 million
Box office $2,136,381

Morgan Stewart's Coming Home is a 1987 comedy film starring Jon Cryer, Viveka Davis, Paul Gleason, Nicholas Pryor and Lynn Redgrave. The screenplay was written by Ken Hixon and David N. Titcher. The film was also released as Home Front and Homefront Riviera in some countries. The film was directed by Paul Aaron/Terry Winsor, but upon release the director was listed as "Alan Smithee", a name often used when directors ask to remove their names from a picture.


The film stars Cryer as the son of a Republican senator who has spent most of his life away at boarding school. An eccentric boy who is a fan of horror films, his personality does not fit in with the carefully calculated conservative image his mother (Redgrave) has designed for their family. He is brought home to help with his father's campaign for re-election as Senator, and unwittingly discovers that others are setting the family up for the fall. With the help of a zany new girlfriend (Davis) he manages to save the day, and loosen up his family in the process.


The soundtrack included the opening track 'Painted Moon' by The Silencers and music by Peter Bernstein, Timothy Duckworth, Bernard Herrmann, Chris Isaak, John Manikoff, and The Surfaris.

Production Company: Kings Road Entertainment

Film locations[edit]

  • 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
  • Lincoln Memorial—east side
  • Riggs Bank—Lafayette Park
  • Rock Creek Parkway
  • Washington Monument
  • White House—North Side
  • Charlottesville, VA—Downtown Mall & Fashion Square Mall
  • Richmond, VA—The University of Richmond campus
  • Miller School of Virginia, Crozet Virginia


  • In the French version, the film title has been translated into one of the longest film titles ever: Qu'il est dur d'être farceur, d'aimer la musique pop et les films d'horreur quand on a un père qui se présente aux élections, which means "How tough it is to be a prankster, to like pop music and horror films when you have a father who is presenting himself in the elections".
  • This film was filmed prior to Jon Cryer's starring role in Pretty in Pink, but was only released after that film became successful.

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