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 ...
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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
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 »
Brian tries to get another man to buy him a beer, saying that he is not old enough to do so. The drinking age in Illinois in 1962 was 18 and Brian would have to be at least that to enlist in the military then. See more »
[On his son Michael being a Conscientious Objector to Vietnam]
"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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Being that I was not around in the 60's, I don't know how accurate the portrayal was. However, I think the actors and actresses did a good job with their characters. It did seem odd that this one family pretty much experienced every aspect of the 60's. My favorite character was Brian, but he was also played by my favorite actor, and I thought that character experienced the most change. It was a little soap-opera like, especially the reunion at Woodstock, but that was my favorite part! I really liked this movie for its plot, not its recreation of a decade. I even bought it on video!
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