Jake Robbins went off to Vietnam, leaving his wife behind to mourn when he is reported missing, presumed dead. Seventeen years later, he unexpectedly returns. Having been a prisoner of war, Jake was rescued and ended up in Cambodia having 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 Asia wife and child.
Welcome Home is a 1989 drama film directed by Franklin Schaffner. It stars Kris Kristofferson as a Vietnam War veteran who returns to his family after many years and who tries to readjust to life nearly 20 years later.
The film also stars JoBeth Williams, Brian Keith, and Sam Waterston, with the song “Welcome Home” performed by Willie Nelson. It was Oscar winner Schaffner’s final film. It was released almost three months after his death.
Welcome Home (1989)
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Starring: Kris Kristofferson, JoBeth Williams, Sam Waterston, Brian Keith, Thomas Wilson Brown, Trey Wilson, John Marshall Jones, Ken Pogue, Jessica Ramien
Screenplay by: Maggie Kleinman
Production Design by: Dan Yarhi
Cinematography by: Fred J. Koenekamp
Film Editing by: Robert Swink
Art Direction by: Dennis Davenport
Music by: Henry Mancini
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: September 29, 1989