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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: 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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Connections

References True Grit (1969) See more »

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Tuesday Afternoon
Performed by The Moody Blues
Written by Justin Hayward
Published by Essex Music International Inc.
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Shallow perhaps but meaningful
2 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

Granted there wasn't much of a plot to 1969 and the acting was fair, but nevertheless I thought the film did accomplish something important. It made you realize that this kind of "drama" - coping with the aftermath of a Vietnam KIA - played out in tens-of-thousands of homes throughout the country during the '60s and '70s. The sum of all that pain and anguish makes me cringe. I served in South Vietnam from the summer of '68 to the summer of '69 in the USMC and I am glad to see this kind of message portrayed in a movie. It keeps alive the suffering endured by family and friends from that time. Maybe that sounds morbid but I think it's important for the here and now to acknowledge and remember that suffering. We can use it to give us perspective on how fortunate we are to be able to flourish and live to a ripe old age. For me of course it has special meaning. I could have ended my life at 19 and would have missed so much.

But that's what happened to so many. A horrible shame.


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