The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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Profile in Silver/Button, Button 

"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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Prof. Joseph Fitzgerald (segment "Profile in Silver")
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Raymond Livingston (segment "Profile in Silver")
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Dr. Kate Wange (segment "Profile in Silver")
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Inspector (segment "Profile in Silver") (as Mark Taylor)
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TV Anchorman (segment "Profile in Silver")
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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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7 March 1986 (UK)  »

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In March 1986 Lane Smith was 49 years old and Andrew Robinson was 44. JFK was 46 in November 1963. See more »

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Despite his prominence at the time, Khrushchev's name is mispronounced by all characters: it should be stressed on the second syllable, which is pronounced to rhyme with 'toff' or 'scoff'. 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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Version of Black Button (2007) See more »

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Two Quite Decent Episodes
23 April 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A time traveler goes back to 1963 to do some visual research on the Kennedy assassination in Dallas. He accidentally prevents Kennedy from being shot and ends up a hero. The problem is that the balance of time has been ripped and Kennedy's survival causes tremendous harm. The immutability of time makes any of these types of portrayals suspect, but this is done with great intelligence and care. Also, the acting is very good. In "Button, Button," Mare Winningham plays a beady eyed, cynical wife to a weak willed man. They tolerate each other and that's about it. One day, a tall, middle aged man brings in a "button unit." It is a single red button under a plastic dome. If the recipient pushes the button, some random person will die and the button pusher will receive 200,000 dollars. The two of them jockey around their disturbing world and try to decide what to do. It's a really cool problem to face.


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