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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Jay Craven

Writers:

Jay Craven, Hathalee Higgs (additional writer) | 1 more credit »

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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 ... 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
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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.

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In a time of war and chaos, they found each other. See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some drug use
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This movie was made and first broadcast about four years after its source novel of the same name by Scott Lax had been first published in 1998. See more »

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The Year That Never Ended
7 July 2005 | by spectre316-1See all my reviews

This movie was filmed in my hometown. Well, some of it was. During the filming, the town was in very high spirits -- a movie, on our streets! Hell, even I was happy, cynical as I may be. Jonathan Brandis? Yes, please.

About two months ago, I finally found a VHS copy at the local library. And I watched it. And it went on. And on. And on. And on.

The film has a semi-decent beginning, but the constant usage of "flashbacks" (which in this case are long, dreary segments of stock footage circa 1970) made me want to take a long nap. The acting isn't spectacular, but it's okay. Brandis in particular did pretty well.

The dialogue is very cheesy at times. The plot is somewhat hard to follow, with characters you simply don't care about and begin to hate halfway through for getting a movie to their boring selves.

It's sad when the only thing I got from it was "oh, look! That.. that street I played on when I was ten!" It's just an incredibly tedious experience. The settings are drab, the cinematography is boring, the story is sleep-inducing, the characters are .. uh, I don't know. I need another adjective.

Watch something else. Unless below mediocre boring stuff is your cup of tea.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Garrettsville, Ohio, USA See more »

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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