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Much as The Men explored the lives of para-and-quadriplegics returning home from World War II, Hal Ashbys acclaimed 1978 drama focused on men returning maimed and disfigured during the Vietnam War.
Jane Fonda, in her Oscar-winning performance, plays Sally Hyde, the perfect wife of a career Marine (Bruce Dern). When he heads off to Vietnam to fight, she volunteers at the local VA hospital where she comes in contact with Luke Martin (Jon Voight, in his Oscar-winning turn), an embittered paraplegic vet. Though he is filled with animosity toward Sally, the two eventually fall deeply in love.
But she is helpless when Dern returns from the war psychologically wounded from his experience. He ends up drowning himself in the ocean.
Ashby also used real vets in the film and let them improve their own feelings about the war in the movies opening scene.