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1969 (1988)

R | | Drama, War | 18 November 1988 (USA)
Two friends living in a small town during the 1960s, run away to enjoy their freedom during the Vietnam War, thus disappointing the father of one of them. When they return to town, they realize the importance of family unity.


Ernest Thompson


Ernest Thompson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Downey Jr. ... Ralph Carr
Kiefer Sutherland ... Scott
Bruce Dern ... Cliff
Mariette Hartley ... Jessie
Winona Ryder ... Beth
Joanna Cassidy ... Ev
Christopher Wynne Christopher Wynne ... Alden
Keller Kuhn Keller Kuhn ... Marsha
Steve Foster Steve Foster ... Marshall
Mert Hatfield Mert Hatfield ... Coach Heart
Welton Tootle Welton Tootle ... Junior Roberts
Don Devendorf Don Devendorf ... Reverend Hardy
Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson ... Dean Bonner (as Dr. Robert Louis Stevenson)
Jason Summers Jason Summers ... Protestor
Scott N. Stevens Scott N. Stevens ... Hitchhiker


Two college students, Ralph and Scott, live in a small minded Maryland town at the onset of wide public dissatisfaction with the Vietnam War. While Scott's brother Alden enlists in the country's armed forces, he and Ralph are outspoken in their opposition to the war. Scott's attitude alienates him from his father and he and Ralph leave town to enjoy their freedom. But when Ralph is expelled from college, he suddenly becomes a prime candidate for serving the country's armed forces. When they learn Scott's brother is declared missing in action, the lifelong friends take drastic - and illegal - measures to ensure Ralph's freedom. This event proves to be the catalyst needed to bridge the gap between father and son and enlightens them both to the true cost of war. Written by MGM/UA Home Video

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The year a generation went searching for America. See more »


Drama | War


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Did You Know?


Coincidentally, Mariette Hartley appeared in the episode Star Trek: The Original Series: All Our Yesterdays (1969), in the third and final season of the series - in 1969. See more »


As Alden is leaving for Vietnam, it is supposed to be Easter weekend of 1969. The kid on the bus is reading a book with the Brady Bunch on the cover. The Brady Bunch didn't premiere until September of 1969. See more »


Scott: You can disagree. You can say that it's not right. That's what freedom is.
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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »


Green River
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Courtesy of Fantasy Inc.
Written by John Fogerty (as John C. Fogerty)
Published by Jondora Music
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Piece of trash
25 August 2001 | by Rupert__PupkinSee all my reviews

Anybody who lived in the 60s, studied the 60s, or even heard about the 60s, knows that this movie reflects what the 60s were like about as accurately as the Barney movie shows us what dinosaurs were like. The script does all it can to tug at our emotions and make us feel all gushy about a better time while supplying no real plot and no interesting characters. Big loser of a movie. If you want to see a good movie about the 60s that also stars Kiefer Sutherland check out the great film Flashback.

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Release Date:

18 November 1988 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,709,120, 20 November 1988

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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