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Berkeley in the Sixties (1990)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 4 March 1991 (Australia)
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A documentary about militant student political activity in the University of California-Berkely in the 1960's.


Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Jentri Anders ...
Herself (archive footage)
Frank Bardacke ...
Himself (archive footage)
John De Bonis ...
Himself (archive footage)
Hardy Frye ...
John Gage ...
Himself (archive footage)
Todd Gitlin ...
Themselves (archive footage) (as The Grateful Dead)
Susan Griffin ...
Herself / Narrator
David Hilliard ...
Himself (archive footage)
Clark Kerr ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Clark Kerr)


The 1960's alumni of the Berkeley campus tell their stories about how the quiet school became the site of massive political activism on the part of students fighting for their right of political expression on campus and then against the Vietnam War. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The untold story of students in the 60s




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4 March 1991 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Berkeley in the Sixties - Die Geburt der 68er Bewegung  »

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John Searle: "... worst yet, we attracted to Berkeley, the worst collection of kooks and nuts you've ever seen in your life. Everybody saw this on television, and they had a completely distorted conception of it. They thought, 'what you do is you go to Berkeley, and you riot and you just have a great time; its one big political, sexual, drug feast.'" TC:38.52
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I was there-
10 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

'I was there as a student - this film is a '10' in explaining the era and what was going on in the Berkeley arena during this time frame. I teach at CAL now, and have used it as a 'primer' to show the way things should be. As a social (2xPh.D.) scientist (and as a Canadian) it seems Americans have lost the drive and initiative to make a change. In many ways the nameless people in this film are heroes, standing up for what they believe should be at any cost. Many who see this film have no idea what the students who were part of this movement went through, it was far from a 'walk in the park' - their sacrifices of family, friends and the indignities they suffered cannot be explained. These are your lost heroes America, learn from them and rise to the occasion again before it is too late.'

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