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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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Reach Out Of The Darkness
Performed by Friend And Lover
Written by Jim Post
Published by Lowery Music Company Inc.
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Hip, Hippie, Hooray!

As the child of a hippie, I can fully "get" this film. Downey is brilliant as Raplh, the drug taking friend of Scott (Sutherland), I guess life CAN imitate art. Scott's overbearing father is played equally well by veteran actor Bruce Dern. And the girl who wants to save the world is played nicely by Ryder. However, the movie is truly fueled by Sutherlands performance. His portrayal of a borderline hippie comming of age is heart warming and endearing. I don't think there is another actor who could have done this role. The fims content is heavy and the acting is really good, but it is Sutherland performance that makes this fim so good. Not to mention a kick-ass soundtrack featuring bands like Cream, Canned Heat, CSNY, and of course, the king, Jimi Hendrix. I truly recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in a good tale about growing up hard.

I give this one ****!


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