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1969 (1988)

R | | Drama, War | 18 November 1988 (USA)
Two friends living in a small town during the 1960's run away to enjoy their freedom during the Vietnam War, thus disappointing the father of one of them. When they return to town, they realize how important family unity is.

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Christopher Wynne ...
Alden
Keller Kuhn ...
Marsha
Steve Foster ...
Marshall
Mert Hatfield ...
Coach Heart
Welton Tootle ...
Junior Roberts
Don Devendorf ...
Reverend Hardy
Robert Louis Stevenson ...
Dean Bonner (as Dr. Robert Louis Stevenson)
Jason Summers ...
Protestor
Scott N. Stevens ...
Hitchhiker
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Two friends, Ralph and Scott live in a small minded town at the onset of wide public dissatisfaction with the Vietnam war. While Scott's brother enlists, he and Ralph are outspoken in their opposition to the war. Scott's attitude alienates him from his father and he and Ralph leave town to enjoy their 'freedom'. Various events lead them back to town where they learn of the death of the brother. This event proves to be the catalyst needed to bridge the gap between father and son and enlightens them both to the true cost of war. Written by Mark Harding <mah@imdb.com>

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The year the country split apart and a generation came together.

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Drama | War

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18 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Generation von 1969  »

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$5,979,011 (USA)
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Trivia

When Kiefer Sutherland first moved to Los Angeles, he shared an apartment with Robert Downey Jr. for over a year. See more »

Goofs

As Alden is leaving for Vietnam, it is supposed to be Easter weekend of 1969. The kid on the bus is reading a book with the Brady Bunch on the cover. The Brady Bunch didn't premiere until September of 1969. See more »

Quotes

Scott: OK, Ralph, you know, I don't have to help you, but let me tell you something. If you flunk out and die in Vietnam, that's the end of our friendship, fuck you, you know.
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Referenced in The Commitments (1991) See more »

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Can't Find My Way Home
Performed by Blind Faith
Written by Steve Winwood
Published by Music Limited, administered by
Warner Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
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the buddy road film meets the TV mini-series
12 August 2003 | by (New York, Toronto) – See all my reviews

i can see why some people dislike this movie, but i enjoyed it.

good stuff: music (CSNY, Canned Heat, Creedence), costumes, subject, issues dealt with, cast! young Winona, Keifer & Robert Downey Jr., plus the van and cars, conflict btwn generations

bad stuff: melodramatic, simplistic, like a TV movie or Walt Disney.

there was a 1999 'mini-series' (2-part) on cbs i think that was a lot like this. ie; it's more a TV movie than an Easy Rider or Platoon. If you go in with the 'TV' mindset i'm sure you'll enjoy it if you like this subject and/or era -- the Vietnam War and its effects on American families.

i only knew of this era thru documentaries and books, but living in America in 2003, there are real war-tearing familial similarities that are only likely to get more exaggerated. seeing a portrayal, even a 'TV movie' version, just helps a little bit.


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