The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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Profile in Silver/Button, Button 

"Profile in Silver": After preventing the assassination of President Kennedy, a historian from the future faces the consequences of his act. "Button, Button": A couple receives a box with a button -- and an unusual offer.


John D. Hancock (as John Hancock), Peter Medak


Rod Serling (created by), J. Neil Schulman | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Lane Smith ... Prof. Joseph Fitzgerald (segment "Profile in Silver")
Andrew Robinson ... President John F. Kennedy (segment "Profile in Silver")
Louis Giambalvo ... Raymond Livingston (segment "Profile in Silver")
Barbara Baxley ... Dr. Kate Wange (segment "Profile in Silver")
Jerry Hardin ... Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson (segment "Profile in Silver")
Mark L. Taylor ... Inspector (segment "Profile in Silver") (as Mark Taylor)
Charles Lanyer Charles Lanyer ... TV Anchorman (segment "Profile in Silver")
David Sage David Sage ... Professor (segment "Profile in Silver")
Ken Hill Ken Hill ... Presidential Aide (segment "Profile in Silver")
Huck Liggett Huck Liggett ... Texan (segment "Profile in Silver")
Gerard Bocaccio Gerard Bocaccio ... Student (segment "Profile in Silver")
Mare Winningham ... Norma Lewis (segment "Button, Button")
Brad Davis ... Arthur Lewis (segment "Button, Button")
Basil Hoffman ... Mr. Steward (segment "Button, Button")


"Profile in Silver": After preventing the assassination of President Kennedy, a historian from the future faces the consequences of his act. "Button, Button": A couple receives a box with a button -- and an unusual offer.

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Release Date:

7 March 1986 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Neither "Profile in Silver" nor "Button, Button" has either an opening or a closing narration. See more »


Even though they were related, the historian did not look enough like JFK to pass as him, and was noticeably heavier. This would have been revealed at the scene and confirmed during an autopsy. The disappearance of JFK would have caused another tear in the fabric of time. See more »


Arthur Lewis: Was this guy with a company or something?
Norma Lewis: He said he couldn't tell me that, he just kept repeating over and over again 'the person who died... will be someone... you don't... know.'
Arthur Lewis: That's disgusting!
Norma Lewis: Oh what's so disgusting about it?
Arthur Lewis: Are you saying you think it's okay?
Norma Lewis: I think it's weird! But ever since he left, I've been wondering, you know? What is this? Some kind of survey to see who will and who won't push it?
Arthur Lewis: Well we *won't* push it!
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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Watch it to see Matheson's story done properly
15 May 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

PROFILE IN SILVER is a story that mixes time travel and the JFK assassination, a bit like in the recent Stephen King novel, 11/22/63. A historian goes back in time to witness the assassination first hand, but he can't help getting involved, and then he has to live with the consequences of his action. There are plenty more twists in the tale alongside a fun acting performance from HELLRAISER's Andrew Robinson.

BUTTON, BUTTON is interesting because it's an adaptation of the same Richard Matheson short story that was used in the flop Hollywood film THE BOX, with Cameron Diaz. This one's a bit better because Matheson himself wrote the screenplay, and the idea behind the tale is very slight so it works much better in a half-hour episode than it did stretched out in an hour-and-a-half movie. A suburban couple are given a box with a button on it and a deadly deal: if they press the button they'll win a fortune, but somebody somewhere in the world will die. It's moral dilemma time again, with Brad Davis, and it's pretty decent.

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