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Michael Herlihy
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Katie Herlihy
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Brian Herlihy
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Kenny Klein
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Sarah Weinstock
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Emmet Taylor
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Bill Herlihy
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Mary Herlihy
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Neal Reynolds (as Donovan Leitch)
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Fred Hampton
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Reverend Willie Taylor (as Charles Dutton)
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Constance
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Buddy Wells
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Melissa
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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 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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Actors Donovan and Carnie Wilson are the respective children of musicians 'Donovan' and The Beach Boys' singer Brian Wilson, both of whom are heard in the soundtrack. Jason Nesmith, son of ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith, also appears. See more »

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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 »

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[On his son Michael being a Conscientious Objector to Vietnam]
Bill Herlihy: "If my son says he can't fight, it's not because he's not brave enough, it's because he's brave enough to stand up for what he believes in."
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Written and Performed by Steve Winwood
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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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