1969 (1988)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  18 November 1988 (USA)
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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... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Wynne ...
Keller Kuhn ...
Steve Foster ...
Mert Hatfield ...
Coach Heart
Welton Tootle ...
Junior Roberts
Don Devendorf ...
Reverend Hardy
Robert Louis Stevenson ...
Dean Bonner (as Dr. Robert Louis Stevenson)
Jason Summers ...
Scott N. Stevens ...


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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Release Date:

18 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

1969 - O Ano que Mudou Nossas Vidas  »

Box Office


$5,979,011 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Coach Heart: You boys aren't working at the pool this summer?
Scott: No, we're going on the road. That's what hippies do ya' know.
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »


Green River
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Courtesy of Fantasy Inc.
Written by John Fogerty (as John C. Fogerty)
Published by Jondora Music
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21 April 2009 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

This would have been better titled "1988 with 1969 fantasies." The opportunity to re-do the sixties idealism to a new crowd was squandered here by stereotypes. It was clear the writers and/or producers got their ideas from nothing but a few library books.

While the attempts to not go OTT with the fashions was honorable, they didn't go far enough. A few short dresses didn't cut it.

And the older brother becoming an MIA was so predictable it was pathetic.

The best thing about this flick was the soundtrack. I could listen to Cream's "White Room" all day.

I kept waiting for Keifer to repeat Daddy Don's line from "Kelly's Heroes." "Give me those positive waves." Shaky at best.

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