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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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Episode cast overview:
Prof. Joseph Fitzgerald (segment "Profile in Silver")
Raymond Livingston (segment "Profile in Silver")
Dr. Kate Wange (segment "Profile in Silver")
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")


"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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Did You Know?


In addition to replacing John F. Kennedy in this episode, Lane Smith also portrayed Richard Nixon, Kennedy's opponent in the 1960 Presidential election, in The Final Days (1989). See more »


Even though they were related, the historian did not look enough like JFK to pass as him, and was noticeably heavier. This would have been revealed at the scene and confirmed during an autopsy. The disappearance of JFK would have caused another tear in the fabric of time. See more »


President Kennedy: [after his life is saved by a time traveler, JFK gives a speech to a Harvard class - in 2172] Let the record show that in any age - good or bad - there are men of high ideals. Men of courage! Men who do more than that for which they are called upon! You will not always know their names. But let their deeds stand as monuments, so that when the human race is called to judgment, we may say, "This too was humanity!"
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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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