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The '60s (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 7 February 1999
The Herlihys are a working class family from Chicago whose three children take wildly divergent paths: Brian joins the Marines right out of High School and goes to Vietnam, Michael becomes ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Michael Herlihy
... Katie Herlihy
... Brian Herlihy
... Kenny Klein
... Sarah Weinstock
... Emmet Taylor
... Bill Herlihy
... Mary Herlihy
... Neal Reynolds (as Donovan Leitch)
... Fred Hampton
... Father Daniel Berrigan
... Reverend Willie Taylor (as Charles Dutton)
April Mills ... Constance
... Buddy Wells
Jenna Byrne ... Melissa


The Herlihys are a working class family from Chicago whose three children take wildly divergent paths: Brian joins the Marines right out of High School and goes to Vietnam, Michael becomes involved in the civil rights movement and after campaigning for Bobby Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy becomes involved in radical politics, and Katie gets pregnant, moves to San Francisco and joins a hippie commune. Meanwhile, the Taylors are an African-American family living in the deep South. When Willie Taylor, a minister and civil rights organizer, is shot to death, his son Emmet moves to the city and eventually joins the Black Panthers, serving as a bodyguard for Fred Hampton. Written by Anonymous

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You only really know what you have when your'e about to lose it.



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Rated PG-13 for drug use, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »




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7 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

60-luku - muutosten sukupolvi  »

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Actors Donovan and Carnie Wilson are the respective children of musicians 'Donovan' and The Beach Boys' singer Brian Wilson, both of whom are heard in the soundtrack. Jason Nesmith, son of ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith, also appears. See more »


At the end during the BBQ, the mother asked "How's my boy today?" there is a boom mic visible. See more »


Katie Herlihy: [Katie is broke and no-one will help her] Peace and love, my ass! I hate this goddamn city!
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The Cliché
2 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

It's been a long time since I've seen this movie and I only watched it once when it premiered on TV. But I do remember that it was just like about twenty other movies about family's lives in the 1960s I had seen around the same time, most of them reruns on Lifetime TV.

The typical family arrangement goes like this. There is a father, mother, sister, and two brothers in one family. They're usually at each other's throats about the war. This is usually a white Midwest family. The father is the aggressive, ultra-masculine type who usually forbids his wife to vote for Kennedy or to go to work. The wife is usually timid, bet is the neutral force and go-between among the family as the children, once they get older, have great difficulty reasonably communicated with their passe dad. And the kids usually come in threes. That is, the daughter during this period usually gets pregnant and leaves home to join a hippie commune to indulge in some sort of meaningless psychadelic destraction. There is usually one son--the father's favorite--who enlists in the war, to go off to Vietnam and come back an opponent of the war (if he doesn't die in the war as he does in about half of the stories) to the dismay of his father. And third, is usually either a homosexual or against the war from the start and is, either way, banished from the family by decree of a stubborn father.

Because the characters are supposed to be the padigram of the entire 1960s American political spectrum(or lack there of), you also have the struggle of the black family, usually a son and father who are engaged in a desperate civil rights battle somewhere in the inner city, usually Detroit. The father is still a great believer in the doctrines of Martin Luther King and his civil disobedience philosophies while the son, of a new generation of minorities struggling for equality, is fond of the "By Any Means Necessary" approach of Malcom X.

These are the two archetype families of the 1960s made-for-TV dramas that you have these days, each pretty much being unrecognizable from one another and all meant to tell you the same thing. The decade created a lot of turmoil and confusion, and especially tension among families. You were dealing with a lot of things--the war, the civil rights era, and so forth. I don't know why every decided to make a big deal out of this particular movie. "The 60S" really doesn't offer anything that wasn't done before in the numerous films just like it. I think it just got all the rave because the cast is more well-known than the CBS reject movies you'd see on Lifetime TV or whatever.

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