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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.

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Ernest Thompson

Writer:

Ernest Thompson
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Cast

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
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Storyline

Two friends, Ralph and Scott live in a small minded town at the onset of wide public dissatisfaction with the Vietnam war. While Scott's brother enlists, 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'. Various events lead them back to town where they learn of the death of the brother. 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 Mark Harding <mah@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

The year the country split apart and a generation came together.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Generation von 1969 See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,979,011
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The van doors are fully opened when Ralph and Scott stop at the beach. Inside the van door is a lithograph: Hand with Reflecting Sphere, M.C. Escher, c. 1935. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Scott: We have naked people giving us free food!
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Connections

Referenced in Biography: Winona Ryder (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Wooden Ships
Performed by Crosby Stills & Nash
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
Written by Stephen Stills, David Crosby and Paul Kantner
Published by Gold Hill Music Inc and Guerilla Music
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the buddy road film meets the TV mini-series
12 August 2003 | by karmacoupeSee all my reviews

i can see why some people dislike this movie, but i enjoyed it.

good stuff: music (CSNY, Canned Heat, Creedence), costumes, subject, issues dealt with, cast! young Winona, Keifer & Robert Downey Jr., plus the van and cars, conflict btwn generations

bad stuff: melodramatic, simplistic, like a TV movie or Walt Disney.

there was a 1999 'mini-series' (2-part) on cbs i think that was a lot like this. ie; it's more a TV movie than an Easy Rider or Platoon. If you go in with the 'TV' mindset i'm sure you'll enjoy it if you like this subject and/or era -- the Vietnam War and its effects on American families.

i only knew of this era thru documentaries and books, but living in America in 2003, there are real war-tearing familial similarities that are only likely to get more exaggerated. seeing a portrayal, even a 'TV movie' version, just helps a little bit.


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