The '60s (1999)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  7 February 1999 (USA)
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The Herlihys are a working class family from Chicago whose three children take wildly divergent paths: Brian joins the Marines right out of High School and goes to Vietnam, Michael becomes ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Herlihy
Katie Herlihy
Brian Herlihy
Kenny Klein
Sarah Weinstock
Emmet Taylor
Bill Herlihy
Mary Herlihy
Neal Reynolds (as Donovan Leitch)
Fred Hampton
Reverend Willie Taylor (as Charles Dutton)
April Mills ...
Buddy Wells
Jenna Byrne ...


The Herlihys are a working class family from Chicago whose three children take wildly divergent paths: Brian joins the Marines right out of High School and goes to Vietnam, Michael becomes involved in the civil rights movement and after campaigning for Bobby Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy becomes involved in radical politics, and Katie gets pregnant, moves to San Francisco and joins a hippie commune. Meanwhile, the Taylors are an African-American family living in the deep South. When Willie Taylor, a minister and civil rights organizer, is shot to death, his son Emmet moves to the city and eventually joins the Black Panthers, serving as a bodyguard for Fred Hampton. Written by Anonymous

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You only really know what you have when your'e about to lose it.



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Rated PG-13 for drug use, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »




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7 February 1999 (USA)  »

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Sarah's line to Kenny "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness" is the first line of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl". See more »


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Bill Herlihy: I may not know what exactly a consciencious objector is. But I do know what a consciense is.
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The more you've read, the more you will enjoy this treatment of the 1960s.
25 May 2001 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

Generally, whenever I watch the networks attempt to depict American History I wind up on the front lawn randomly swearing at autos that pass my house, (until my wife turns on the sprinklers and forces me back inside.) But in spite of a few eye-rolling plot twists and cheesy lines, this is one of the very best docudramas I've EVER watched. Starting with the idealism of JFK, this movie is jam-packed full of references to a plethora of real historical events and personalities that defined the 1960s. Every single event and person is not flagged and explained. If you get it you get it, if you don't you don't. The better-read the viewer is, the more they will appreciate the numerous references. Abby Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden, electric Dylan at Newport, Joan Baez, Martin Luther King, the Lorraine Motel, Wavy Gravy, the Zapruder Film, Bull Connor, Bobby Seale, Black Panther breakfast program, "Soul on Ice," "Free Huey," The Hog Farm, The Gray Line Bus tours of Haight-Ashbury, the Weathermen, The Chicago Seven, Selma, Birmingham, "brown acid," Days of Rage, CO status, Watts riot, Cafe Wha?, Phil Ochs, Kettle of Fish, and on and on and on. If you are extremely literate in the real history of the Sixties you will find a wealth of information awaiting you in this 3 and-a-half hour tour. All right, so "Do You Believe in Magic" wasn't released until AFTER the troop train protest was held in Berkley but that is a minor point to get all steamed up over. Generally this is a feast for the literate student of the 1960s.

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