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The '60s (1999)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  7 February 1999 (USA)
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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 »




Release Date:

7 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

60-luku - muutosten sukupolvi  »

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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 »


Playing over the scene with the graphic "Loyola University, 1964" is The Byrds' version of the Bob Dylan song "The Times They Are A-Changin'" which was not recorded until September, 1965. Dylan's version was released in January, 1964. See more »


Michael Herlihy: Wait, I forgot Something
Sarah Weinstock: What?
Michael Herlihy: My Heart.
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Not so much a 60's movie,but a great Hippy movie!
15 August 2002 | by (Amsterdam, Holland) – See all my reviews

The 60's is a great movie(I saw it completely in one night) about the hippy movement in the late 60's. Although the title would suggest otherwise the first 5 years of the 60's are not really important in this film.

The main character of the movie is Michael,a political activist who goes on the road in the US against the Vietnam-war. There he meets his girlfriend,Sarah.Michael's brother,Brian,goes to Vietnam to fight(what a surprise!).He comes back from the war and changes in a "Tom Cruise Born on the fourth of July" look a like and then into a Hippy.His dad is a pro-vietnam war type of guy(what a surprise!!).Michael's sister Kate gets pregnant from a Rock & Roll artist and runs away from home and goes to San Francisco during the summer of love. The ending is very poor(father becomes a liberal and everybody is happy),but I let this slip away from my vote(the rest of the movie is very good!).

The performances by the actors are pretty good and the soundtrack of the movie is absolutely brilliant. All the main events of the sixties are in the movie,like the murders on JFK and Martin Luther King aswell as the big hippy protests,the summer of love and Woodstock! Look closely for Wavy"Woodstock Speaker"Gravy(What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400.000!) as a first aid employee at the Woodstock festival!

In the end,the 60's is a beautiful movie about a beautiful decade! 10/10

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