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Golden Years 

An elderly janitor hurt in an explosion at a secret army lab run by "The Shop" starts to grow younger. A ruthless operative is sent to cover it up, so the janitor and his wife go on the run with the help of a sympathetic female agent.

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Complete series cast summary:
Keith Szarabajka ...  Harlan Williams 7 episodes, 1991
Felicity Huffman ...  Terry Spann 7 episodes, 1991
Ed Lauter ...  Gen. Louis Crewes 7 episodes, 1991
R.D. Call ...  Jude Andrews 7 episodes, 1991
Bill Raymond ...  Dr. Richard X. Toddhunter 7 episodes, 1991
Frances Sternhagen ...  Gina Williams 7 episodes, 1991
Stephen Root ...  Major Moreland 6 episodes, 1991
Philip Lenkowsky Philip Lenkowsky ...  Billy Delois 5 episodes, 1991
Tim Guinee ...  Fredericks 4 episodes, 1991
Graham Paul Graham Paul ...  Rick Haverford 4 episodes, 1991
Erik King ...  Burton 3 episodes, 1991
John Rothman ...  Dr. Ackerman 3 episodes, 1991
Randell Haynes Randell Haynes ...  Hawkins 3 episodes, 1991
Mert Hatfield Mert Hatfield ...  Sheriff Mayo 2 episodes, 1991
Harriet Sansom Harris ...  Francie Wil 2 episodes, 1991
Susan King Susan King ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 1991
J.R. Horne J.R. Horne ...  Dr. Eakins 2 episodes, 1991
Sarah Melici Sarah Melici ...  Mrs. Rogers 2 episodes, 1991
Caroline Dollar Caroline Dollar ...  Little Girl 2 episodes, 1991
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Explosion in the most secret laboratory of the USA. The old janitor Harlan Williams is incubated by totally unknown chemicals. Now he changes and becomes younger instead of older. The government is interested in finding out everything about this changes and hunts the fugitive Harlan. A hunt across the USA starts. Written by Franz-Josef Brinkkoetter <franjo@amclust2.amclust.mcnet.de>

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Country:

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English

Release Date:

16 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Golden Years See more »

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| (6 episodes) | (DVD) | (extended edition) | (extended)

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16:9 widescreen
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'King, Stephen' often appears as a cameo in his own movies/series. Here he plays the greyhound bus driver that picks up Gina and Terry See more »

Quotes

[Williams throws the newly passed eye-exam papers on Morelands desk]
Major Moreland: Welcome back.
Harlan Williams: Thank you.
Major Moreland: You think you're smarter than me, old man. You're not. That piece of paper doesn't change a thing.
Harlan Williams: I guess you're right. I'm still working here, and you're still a jerk.
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The U.S. video version includes a few scenes not shown on the television broadcast. See more »

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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Good buildup, poor payoff.
15 January 2003 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

Stephen King is no stranger to television, both with adaptations of his work (from "Tales From The Darkside"'s version of 'Word Processor of the Gods' to the miniseries "The Stand") and original scripts (witness "Storm of the Century" and that episode of "The X-Files"). "Golden Years" was his first venture into television originals, and it certainly avoids the depths of "The Shining" (the Kubrick version, not the one with Rebecca DeMornay), but neither is it as effective as "The Dead Zone."

An elderly janitor (Keith Szarabajka in old-age makeup) is caught in an explosion at the plant where he works; he survives, but he soon starts to grow younger, and with his wife (Frances Sternhagen) he goes on the run from the people behind the plant... this blend of "Cocoon" and "The Fugitive" worked for the most part, with Szarabajka's rejuvenation a slow process instead of an overnight thing (by the end of the series he was still pretty old), and his pursuers (Ed Lauter, Felicity Huffman) weren't out-and-out villains. But the series blew it in the final episode, never producing a real finale - it just seemed to stop, leaving a distinct "That was IT?" impression.

Proof that it's never a good idea to rest on your Laurels.


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