The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 20

Profile in Silver/Button, Button (7 Mar. 1986)

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"Profile in Silver": After preventing the assassination of President Kennedy, a historian from the future faces the consequences of his act. "Button, Button": A couple receives a box with a button -- and an unusual offer.

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Episode cast overview:
Lane Smith ...
Prof. Joseph Fitzgerald (segment "Profile in Silver")
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Louis Giambalvo ...
Raymond Livingston (segment "Profile in Silver")
Barbara Baxley ...
Dr. Kate Wange (segment "Profile in Silver")
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Inspector (segment "Profile in Silver") (as Mark Taylor)
Charles Lanyer ...
TV Anchorman (segment "Profile in Silver")
David Sage ...
Professor (segment "Profile in Silver")
Ken Hill ...
Presidential Aide (segment "Profile in Silver")
Huck Liggett ...
Texan (segment "Profile in Silver")
Gerard Bocaccio ...
Student (segment "Profile in Silver")
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"Profile in Silver": After preventing the assassination of President Kennedy, a historian from the future faces the consequences of his act. "Button, Button": A couple receives a box with a button -- and an unusual offer.

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Joe Fitzgerald's first name is the same as JFK's father Joseph P. Kennedy and his last name is the same as his maternal grandfather, John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald. See more »

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Norma Lewis: So, what happens now?
Mr. Steward: Why, you spend the money, and I hope you enjoy it. The button unit will be reprogrammed, and offered to someone else, with the same terms and conditions.
Norma Lewis: Someone else?
Mr. Steward: Yes. I can assure you it will be offered to someone... whom you don't know. Good day.
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Watch it to see Matheson's story done properly
15 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

PROFILE IN SILVER is a story that mixes time travel and the JFK assassination, a bit like in the recent Stephen King novel, 11/22/63. A historian goes back in time to witness the assassination first hand, but he can't help getting involved, and then he has to live with the consequences of his action. There are plenty more twists in the tale alongside a fun acting performance from HELLRAISER's Andrew Robinson.

BUTTON, BUTTON is interesting because it's an adaptation of the same Richard Matheson short story that was used in the flop Hollywood film THE BOX, with Cameron Diaz. This one's a bit better because Matheson himself wrote the screenplay, and the idea behind the tale is very slight so it works much better in a half-hour episode than it did stretched out in an hour-and-a-half movie. A suburban couple are given a box with a button on it and a deadly deal: if they press the button they'll win a fortune, but somebody somewhere in the world will die. It's moral dilemma time again, with Brad Davis, and it's pretty decent.


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