WELCOME HOME, JOHNNY BRISTOL (TV) (1972 USA)
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Directed by George McCowan
Starring: Martin Landau, Jane Alexander, Martin Sheen
95 minutes | Full screen | Color | English
Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol is a 1972 television film directed by George McCowan and starring Martin Landau and Jane Alexander. The screenplay concerns Johnny Bristol, a Vietnam veteran who, as a prisoner, kept his sanity by remembering his home town of Charles, Vermont. He recalls a happy town with picnics and band concerts in a small town atmosphere. All the while suffering in a cage from abuse, poor food and neglect. After he is rescued, he is sent to a VA hospital to recuperate. During therapy he and his nurse, Anne Palmer become engaged. The couple want to go to his home town, but when he tries to go there, he is told there is no such place as Charles, Vermont. When he insists there is such a place, he is treated as a crazy vet. Anne tries to help him find an explanation. Bristol becomes convinced that somehow the government is responsible for his home town's disappearance. Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol originally aired on January 30th, 1972 and is one of the earliest films to depict post traumatic stress disorder.