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 ...
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Steve Foster ...
Marshall
Mert Hatfield ...
Coach Heart
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Robert Louis Stevenson ...
Dean Bonner (as Dr. Robert Louis Stevenson)
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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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When we are first shown their town, there is a yellow 1977 Mercury Marquis parked on the left side of the street facing the camera. See more »

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Scott: Hop in! We're not homosexuals or anything.
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Windows of the World
Performed by The Pretenders
Produced by Nick Lowe
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain
The Pretenders appear courtesy of WEA Records Ltd.
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Published by Seas Music and JAC Music Co. Inc.
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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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