Going Home (1971 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Herbert B. Leonard|
|Produced by||Herbert B. Leonard|
|Screenplay by||Lawrence B. Marcus|
|Music by||Bill Walker|
|Cinematography||Fred Jackman Jr.|
|Edited by||Sigmund Neufeld Jr.|
|1 December 1971|
Going Home is a 1971 film directed by Herbert B. Leonard. Jan-Michael Vincent was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor but lost to Ben Johnson for his work on The Last Picture Show.
Harry Graham (Mitchum) is a lonely and beaten down man who has recently been released from prison, serving time for murdering his wife many years ago. His son Jimmy (Vincent) is after him seeking justice for his mother's murder. Jimmy tracks Harry down to a run-down seashore community where he is now eking out a living in a trailer park with his girlfriend Jenny (Vaccaro). When Jimmy at last confronts his father face to face, they both know they have to deal with many unresolved emotional barriers in their relationship.
|Robert Mitchum||Harry K. Graham|
|Brenda Vaccaro||Jenny Benson|
|Jan-Michael Vincent||Jimmy Graham|
|Josh Mostel||Mr. Bonelli|
|George Mathews||Mr. Malloy|
|Mary Louise Wilson||Mrs. Green|
|“||Going Home, which opened yesterday at the Victoria and other theaters around town, is an exceedingly nasty movie... Even worse is Mr. Marcus's explanation of why the father, played by Robert Mitchum as if he were a high school football coach, took the knife to his wife in the first place: He was drunk.... Going Home is more objectionable, more pernicious, than other, much dumber movies because it appears to have some surface intelligence... Mitchum has reached that point in his career where he doesn't seem to act as much as inhabit whatever film he's in,... I also liked Brenda Vaccaro as his mistress... Unfortunately, Jan-Michael Vincent is impossible as the son, admittedly an impossible role that requires the actor to be simultaneously appealing and psychotic. He's very handsome and very young and he has a lot to learn about acting, including how to hiccup with conviction.||”|
|“||Going Home is a fairly awful melodrama that's worth seeing primarily for the presence of Robert Mitchum. Not that he's especially good. Mitchum can't be described as good or bad in most of his performances. It's just that he's there, the kind of screen presence that draws your attention.... And no mistake about it, Going Home is bad.||”|
- Golden Globes, USA (1972)
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