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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.


Stephen King








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 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 ...  Billy Delois 5 episodes, 1991
Tim Guinee ...  Fredericks 4 episodes, 1991
Graham Paul ...  Rick Haverford 4 episodes, 1991
Janis Corsair ...  Computer 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


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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His body held the secret of time. Now time...is running out!


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Did You Know?


The pursuer of Harlan and Gina Williams, Jude Andrews played by R.D. Call, and their protector, Terry Spann played by Felicity Huffman, both worked for the secret US Government agency known as "The Shop" that kidnapped Drew Barrymore in another Stephen King novel, Firestarter (1984). See more »


Harlan Williams: It could be a lot worse. I could be changing into an alligator like in the horror movies.
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The U.S. video version includes a few scenes not shown on the television broadcast. See more »


Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »


Golden Years
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David Bowie
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Just for real fans of Stephen King and/or "X-Files"
7 May 2018 | by Bored_DragonSee all my reviews

"Golden Years" is a 1991 series, based on Steven King's idea, for which most of the scenario he wrote personally. The first season consisted of 7 episodes in a total duration of about 6 hours and ended with cliffhanger. Unfortunately, from episode to episode series had weaker and weaker ratings, so it was canceled. For the purpose of DVD release it was turned into a film. It was shortened to 4 hours and an alternate ending was filmed, so it doesn't stay unfinished.

The idea is great, story and characters are developing well and it had the potential to be one of the better King's accomplishments. Unfortunately, it's not. The first hour is so slow and boring that I was on the verge of giving up. Later, the story becomes more and more exciting, and once you get yourself attached to the characters, 4 hours just fly by. Nevertheless, there is an omnipresent feeling that something is wrong. As much as they skillfully turned the six-hour season into a four-hour film, although I did not watch the original version, I always felt that something was missing. But all of this would not have a major impact on the overall impression if there wasn't for a catastrophically bad ending, which so obviously does not belong to this film-series that it's simply painful to see. The story develops for 4 hours in its slow but atmospheric natural pace, and then suddenly ends, as a knife cut, with the end that is forcefully sewn to where it doesn't fit.

However, I recommend King's fans to watch it anyway, as well as fans of the series "X-Files", because the film has an atmosphere very similar to this series, as well as a couple of joint actors that enhance this impression. All in all, I enjoyed it, but I would not watch it again.


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16 July 1991 (USA) See more »

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