Showtime looks back at 1981 and examines the return of U.S. hostages in Iran, the Agent Orange controversy in Vietnam, the confirmation of Sandra Day O'Connor as a Supreme Court Justice, ... See full summary »
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Himself - Host
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Himself - President (archive footage)
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Herself - First Lady (archive footage)
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Himself - President (archive footage)
John Cannon ...
Himself - State Department Spokesman (archive footage)
James Hopkins ...
Himself - Agent Orange Victim (archive footage)
John Wood ...
Himself - Agent Orange Victim (archive footage)
Steve Savis ...
Himself - V.A. Regional Director (archive footage)
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Himself - Center for Veterans Rights (archive footage)
Suzanne Hopkins ...
Herself - Widow of James Hopkins (archive footage)
Potter Stewart ...
Himself - Supreme Court Justice (archive footage)
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Herself - Supreme Court Justice (archive footage)
Carolyn Gerster ...
Herself - National Right to Live Committee (archive footage)
Strom Thurmond ...
Himself - Senator, South Carolina (archive footage)
Donald Graham ...
Himself - Publisher, Washington Post (archive footage)
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Showtime looks back at 1981 and examines the return of U.S. hostages in Iran, the Agent Orange controversy in Vietnam, the confirmation of Sandra Day O'Connor as a Supreme Court Justice, the hoax story that won a Pulitzer Prize, the assassination attempts on Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and Anwar Sadat. It also looks at the first launch of the space shuttle, the marriage of Charles and Diana, the theft of George Washington's teeth, the baseball and air traffic controllers strike, the hunger strike of Bobby Sands in Ireland, the Solidarity strike in Poland, Reagan's government and tax cuts, an embezzlement scheme at Wells Fargo, a lawsuit between Carol Burnett and the National Enquirer, the palimony suit against Billy Jean King, the rise of the Moral Majority, malathion spraying in California, the walkway collapse in Kansas, and the Atlanta child murders. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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