Based on the true story of the student protests at Kent State University in Ohio. This film focuses on the four students who were killed when the National Guard attempted to quell the riots that began on May 4, 1970, after President Nixon announced that American troops would begin bombing the heretofore neutral country of Cambodia.
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played the uncredited role of himself. John was the Kent State student photographer who took the Pulitzer Prize winning, world famous photo of Mary Vecchio kneeling by the body of Jeffery Miller seconds after Jeffery was shot to death. See more
The film was originally intended to run four hours over two nights and was shot that way. But NBC executives later changed their minds, demanding the three-hour, one-night version that aired in February 1981. A scene set in the present day (1980) and involving a memorial to the four victims, was shot but didn't make the final cut. See more