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"American Experience" 1964 (2014)

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American Experience: Season 26: Episode 2 -- From PBS - 1964 was the year the Beatles came to America, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali, and three civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi. It was the year when Berkeley students rose up in protest, African Americans fought back against injustice in Harlem, and Barry Goldwater's conservative revolution took over the Republican Party. Based in part on The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964 by Jon Margolis, 1964 follows some of the most influential figures of the time.


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Original Air Date:
14 January 2014 (Season 26, Episode 2)
The pivotal year that essentially ushered in the true 1960s is explored. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast)

The Beatles ... Themselves (archive footage)

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Stephen Ives 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Ives 

Produced by
Susan Bellows .... series producer
Sharon Grimberg .... executive producer
Nina Krstic .... associate producer
Amanda Pollack .... producer
Mark Samels .... executive producer
Original Music by
Peter Rundquist 
Cinematography by
Tim Cragg 
Andrew Young 
Film Editing by
Amy Foote 
George O'Donnell 
Production Management
Vanessa Ezersky .... post-production manager
Nancy Sherman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Belton .... additional director
Sound Department
Stephen Bores .... sound
Mario Cardenas .... sound
John Chiarolanzio .... foley artist
Peter Deutscher .... sound recordist
John D. Gooch .... sound mixer
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... dialogue editor
Steve Guercio .... sound
Matt Gundy .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Mandler .... sound mixer
Matt Rigby .... dialogue editor
Matt Snedecor .... sound effects editor
Ira Spiegel .... supervising sound editor
Andy Turrett .... sound
John Zecca .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Anthony Rhoads .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Kyle I. Kelley .... assistant camera
Animation Department
Alisa Placas Frutman .... animator (as Alisa Placas)
Aaron Nee .... animator
Editorial Department
Jenna Hill .... on-line editor
Kelly Kendrick .... first assistant editor
Steffen Niemann .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Chase Deso .... assistant composer
Joel Goodman .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Harrison Asen .... production assistant
Robin Bowman .... other crew
Krystle Ciro .... production assistant
Katharine Duffy .... special projects assistant
Jan Edwards .... archival material
Susana Fernandes .... project administration
Jay Fialkov .... legal
Janice Flood .... legal
Saloma Furlong .... archival material
Jonathan Gottfried .... researcher
Jeanne Haffner .... researcher
Andrew Hanold .... production associate
Emily L. Harrold .... researcher
Graham Hayward .... production assistant
Nina Hessell .... production assistant
Connie Honeycutt .... production associate
John Ives .... legal affairs
Stephanie Jackson .... production assistant
Scott Kardel .... legal
Joe Keim .... archival material
Johanna Kovitz .... transcriptor
Naomi Kramer .... archival material
Grace Lilly .... production assistant
Mary Lugo .... publicist
Jonathan McConnell .... production intern
Meg Metzger .... researcher
Paul Mounsey .... production assistant
Julianna Newmeyer .... production secretary
Lauren Noyes .... production coordinator
Chika Offurum .... accountant
Emma Pelman .... production assistant
Lauren Prestileo .... publicist
Alison Read .... production assistant
Baldev Sandhu .... production intern
April Schröer .... production assistant
Grace Sin .... production assistant
Cara White .... publicist
Helen Young .... accountant
Jenny Zeng .... production assistant
Sarah Colt .... special thanks
Karen Johnson-Weiner .... special thanks
Chyld King .... special thanks
Donald B. Kraybill .... special thanks
Steven M. Nolt .... special thanks
Elizabeth Shea .... special thanks
Katie Troyer .... special thanks
David Weaver-Zercher .... special thanks

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Fitzmeyer  developer
Henry Hampton  creator

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

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114 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Anachronisms: At the beginning of this documentary we are told, via the audio, that it is "New Year's Eve 1963", but the videotape footage is from New Year's Eve 1964. The movie marquee in Times Square shows "My Fair Lady" with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, but the earliest release date for that film was October 21, 1964. So the videotape footage being shown is from New Year's Eve 1964 (leading into 1965), but the audio is from New Year's Eve 1963 (leading into 1964).See more »


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1964 and why this was such a crucial year for America., 26 January 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

While 1964 was the year I was born, the reason I really watched this was because it was a show from "The American Experience"--one of the best television series of the last several decades. Their shows are of extremely high quality and always fascinating--and are well worth your time.

Among the many topics that were covered in this two-hour show were: the murder of three civil rights worker in Mississippi, the Goldwater campaign, the spread of the Vietnam war, the Civil Rights Act of 1964*, feminism and President Johnson and his Great Society. All of this was very interesting but what was sometimes interesting was what wasn't mentioned. So, while movies like "Send Me No Flowers" was mentioned, oddly, "Dr. Strangelove" was not. And, while the presidential campaign was mentioned, oddly, they never mentioned 'the ad'--the very famous ad with a little girl playing in the flowers who dies from a nuclear attack caused, apparently, by Goldwater! Still, I could understand some omissions, as it's impossible to do a perfect job in encapsulating an entire year in only tow hours! Very good.

*By the way, one mistake the show DID make was about the Civil Rights Act. They seemed to say that it was less popular among Republicans and they stood in the way of its adoption. While Goldwater didn't vote for it, Republicans clearly did--at about 80% in both the House and Senate while Democrats voted about 65% in favor of the bill. The retired history teacher in me thought I should point this out in the review.

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