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LBJ: The Early Years (1987)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 1 February 1987
This made-for-TV film chronicles the years 1934 through 1963, tracing the beginnings of Johnson's public career, chronicling his reputation for down-and-dirty politicking, and following his progress.

Director:

Peter Werner
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Randy Quaid ... Lyndon Baines Johnson
Patti LuPone ... Claudia Alta 'Lady Bird' Taylor Johnson
Morgan Brittany ... Alice Glass
Pat Hingle ... Sam Rayburn
R.G. Armstrong ... Samuel Ealy Johnson, Jr.
Barry Corbin ... Judge Alvin J. Wirtz
Robin Curtis ... Jacqueline Kennedy
Charles Frank ... John F. Kennedy
James F. Kelly James F. Kelly ... Bobby Kennedy
Kevin McCarthy ... Joseph Kennedy
Jack Blessing ... Billy Bob
Tony Frank Tony Frank
Jack Garner Jack Garner
Anne Haney ... Rebekah Baines Johnson
Jerry Hardin ... Earl
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This made-for-TV film chronicles the years 1934 through 1963, tracing the beginnings of Johnson's public career, chronicling his reputation for down-and-dirty politicking, and following his progress.

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Taglines:

It was All the Way with LBJ . . . His Way! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

LBJ - A Conquista do Poder See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Uses actual recordings and arrangements of music from Wild Rovers (1971) for opening titles music. See more »

Goofs

The "1955" segment opens with LBJ as Senate majority leader, calling White House Chief of Staff Sherman Adams to try to get President Eisenhower to support an effort to censure Senator Joseph McCarthy. In fact, the Senate censured McCarthy in December 1954, when the Republicans still controlled the upper chamber and Johnson was still minority leader. See more »

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The man who really fought against Two Americas
5 April 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Oscar-nominated star Randy Quaid (The Last Detail) won a Golden Globe for this performance, and it was an easy one to hand out. Quaid WAS LBJ. There was no doubt about it. He had the character nailed and gave such a good performance that you almost felt you were watching a documentary.

Before Barack Obama was born, and before he ever thought about giving a speech on the Two Americas, LBJ was fighting for legislation (1960 Civil Rights Act) to help end the fact that there were two Americas -- and he actually used those words. Four years later (after this movie) he passed the historic Civil Rights acts of 1964 and 1965, while he was President. Lincoln may have freed the slaves to end a war, but LBJ was responsible for truly giving the Black Americans their full rights, and moving us toward the end of the Two Americas.

For those that do not know the story of LB and how he was the most powerful and successful Congressman ever in the history of the US, and how he was the person who made Kennedy's dreams a reality, this is an excellent film to find out.

Patti LuPone was the best of a lot of stars that contributed to this movie. She played Lady Bird to a T. I just hope I will one day see her performance of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert.


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