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)
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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7 March 1986 (UK)  »

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Trivia

The original short story differs somewhat from the TV script, especially the climatic ending, which did not have the usual supernatural ending commonly found in the Twilight Zone. In fact the events in the short story could have taken place in the real world. Matheson did not care for the changes in his story, which is why he he had his name replaced with the pseudonym Logan Swanson. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Arthur Lewis: Hi honey, what're you doing up so late? What's wrong?
Norma Lewis: I wanted to talk to you.
Arthur Lewis: Well great, wait right there, I'll get a beer. So this guy, did he come?
Norma Lewis: He brought the key to unlock the top.
Arthur Lewis: So what's it all about?
Norma Lewis: If we open the top and push the button, somewhere someone who we don't know will die and we will collect $200,000.
Arthur Lewis: You're kidding, that's what he said? Well it must be some kind of joke.
Norma Lewis: He was very serious about it.
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References The Twilight Zone (1959) 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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