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The Year That Trembled (2002)

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The Year That Trembled is a 1970 coming-of-age story set in the shadow of Kent State that focuses on a group of young characters facing the Vietnam Draft Lottery.


Jay Craven


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Brandis ... Casey Pedersen
Charlie Finn ... Jim 'Hairball' Morton
Jay R. Ferguson ... Isaac Hoskins
Meredith Monroe ... Judy Woods
Matt Salinger ... Professor Jeff Griggs
Erik Jensen ... Todd Franklin
Sascha Stanton Craven Sascha Stanton Craven ... Bill Clark (as Sascha Stanton-Craven)
Marin Hinkle ... Helen Kerrigan
Fred Willard ... Frank Woods
Sean Nelson ... Phil Robbins
T.J. Hellmuth T.J. Hellmuth ... Carl Bumpers
Jay Michael Ferguson ... Col. Mike Newman
Jonathan M. Woodward ... Charlie Kerrigan
Henry Gibson ... Ralph Tyler
Martin Mull ... Wayne Simonelli


The Year That Trembled is a 1970 coming-of-age story set in the shadow of Kent State that focuses on a group of young characters facing the Vietnam Draft Lottery.

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When passions ignited a nation. When choices became a matter of life and death. See more »


Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some drug use






Release Date:

22 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Garrettsville, Ohio, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Jay Craven has said of this film's source novelist Scott Lax: "Scott is a visionary who knows how to make things happen. I directed the film based on his book 'The Year That Trembled' and I consulted with him on all aspects of its production. I have never met anyone who was more thoughtful, gracious, flexible, supportive, and capable in his capacity as a team leader. Everyone appreciated Scott's grace and equanimity on the film shoot, and before. He handed film crew and actors with the same kindness and concern, as he did the film's investors. The movie business is not for the faint of heart. Scott stood his ground, dealt with numerous thorny challenges, and kept his eye on the ball. I can't imagine a better person, with whom you'd want to be in the trenches." See more »

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Where did everyone go?
21 October 2002 | by mprozaicSee all my reviews

That was my question. Characters were introduced and used throughout the film, but then they randomly disappear, never to be seen or heard from again.

And the ending made absolutely no sense. It just ended.

Jonathan Brandis should have given up after his childhood movies or at least taken some acting classes because he is by far one of the worse actors in this film. Of course the worse actress would be Kierra Chaplin. She is a model and that is what she should continue to do. Ms. Chaplin is French and this film is set in northeast Ohio. It seemed extremely out of place for her to have a French accent in this film.

Besides the shallow and disapearing characters, the story istself is not that great. Everyone and everything seems to be about THE WAR. Everything is about THE WAR. I know that the Vietnam War was a huge issue back in the 70's, but I also know that it wasn't the only issue.

Overall, this movie was terrible and a waste of my time. I give it a 3/10. It only earns it's 3 because of the interesting and beautiful (what looked like) archive footage from the 70's.

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