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The Year That Trembled (2002)

The Year That Trembled is a 1970 coming-of-age story set in the shadow of Kent State that focuses on a group of young characters facing the Vietnam Draft Lottery.

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Casey Pedersen
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Jim 'Hairball' Morton
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Isaac Hoskins
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Judy Woods
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Professor Jeff Griggs
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Todd Franklin
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Bill Clark (as Sascha Stanton-Craven)
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Helen Kerrigan
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Frank Woods
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Phil Robbins
T.J. Hellmuth ...
Carl Bumpers
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Col. Mike Newman
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Charlie Kerrigan
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Ralph Tyler
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Wayne Simonelli
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The Year That Trembled is a 1970 coming-of-age story set in the shadow of Kent State that focuses on a group of young characters facing the Vietnam Draft Lottery.

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Rated R for language and some drug use
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A review of the film by the Political Film Society states that "newsreels are interspersed as fillers between the scenes of the stories of personal tragedies". See more »

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Goodmorning, Vietnam
16 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

"The Year that Trembled" tells the tense story of young writer Casey Pedersen (former child actor Jonathan Brandis, who committed suicide one year after the movie was released) and his friends, who have to face the Vietnam Draft Lottery in the early 1970's.

Based on a Scott Lax novel, "The Year that Trembled" has a compelling premise; however, the predominantly young cast isn't as convincing as in other Jay Craven's movies (veterans Henry Gibson and Fred Willard are always a pleasure to watch, though). Meredith Monroe, of "Dawson's Creek" fame, makes the best impression; she was pretty good in a brief appearance in the made-for-TV flick "Fathers and Sons" and has proved she's got talent. It's curious to see Danica McKellar (the cute girl from "The Wonder Years") in a small part. Although not the best Jay Craven film, "The Year that Trembled" has some inspired, sensitive moments and is worth a visit. My vote: 6.5/10.


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