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1969 (1988)

R | | Drama, War | 18 November 1988 (USA)
Two friends living in a small town during the 1960s, 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 the importance of family unity.

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Marshall
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Junior Roberts
Don Devendorf ...
Reverend Hardy
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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Drama | War

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18 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Generation von 1969  »

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$5,979,011
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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: Hop in! We're not homosexuals or anything.
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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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Please....
21 April 2009 | by 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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