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 ...
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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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18 November 1988 (USA)  »

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Die Generation von 1969  »

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$5,979,011 (USA)
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When Kiefer Sutherland first moved to Los Angeles, he shared an apartment with Robert Downey Jr. for over a year. See more »

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The bus Alden gets on says Palmetto Tours on it. It would not be in Maryland, where the film is supposed to take place. South Carolina is the Palmetto State. See more »

Quotes

Scott: I've already decided if nothing happens by the time I am 20, I'm gonna cut it off.
Ralph: How ya going to pee there Scott?
Scott: Sittin' down.
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »

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May This Be Love
Performed by Jimi Hendrix
Courtesy of Auteursrechtenmaatschappi B.V. "ARM"
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Published by Bella Godiva Music
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a multi-layered film that can be watched on several levels
20 February 2000 | by (canada) – See all my reviews

On the surface, the film is about two friends: one straight, the other into drugs etc. The film explores their relationship. Then there is the dysfunctional families and how they impact on the boys. The backdrop is the vietnam war, the death of family members, and the draft. All these issues intertwine closely making the film complex.

The acting is excellent. A film to be watched


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