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All the Way (2016)

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Lyndon Johnson becomes the President of the United States in the chaotic aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination and spends his first year in office fighting to pass the Civil Rights Act.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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... Lyndon B. Johnson
... Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
... Lady Bird Johnson
... Senator Richard Russell
... Senator Hubert Humphrey
... J. Edgar Hoover
... Walter Jenkins
... Senator Everett Dirksen
... Rep. 'Judge' Smith
... Ralph Abernathy
... Stokely Carmichael
... Bob Moses
... Fannie Lou Hamer
... Roy Wilkins
... David Dennis
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November 22, 1963. President John F. Kennedy has just been assassinated and Vice President Lyndon Johnson is now President. One of his first acts as President is to reaffirm the US government's intention to pass the Civil Rights Act. This Act was drafted while JFK was in office and gives people of all races the same rights, including voting rights, access to education and access to public facilities. However, he faces strong opposition to the bill, especially from within his own party. He will have to use all his political will and cunning to get it through. Written by grantss

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Politics is war.


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21 May 2016 (USA)  »

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A végsőkig  »

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The footage shows the Swedish Nobel comittee announcing the Peace prize when in effect it is the Norwegian comittee that awards and announces the prize. See more »

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Throughout the movie, Bottles of Fresca, one of LBJ's favorite drinks are shown. Fresca did not come to the US market until 1966. See more »

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Lyndon B. Johnson: Everett, what's this bull-shit about how I treat my dog?
Everett Dirksen: I'm sorry?
Lyndon B. Johnson: My dog, Little Beagle Johnson. Why are you bein' such a shit-heel with the press about me pullin' on his ears? Little sum bitch loves havin' his ears pulled. Hell, I thought you were running the Senate Republicans, not the ASPCA.
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Featured in All the Way: A Walk Through History (2016) See more »

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Lone Star Rag
Written by Bob Wills (as James Robert 'Bob' Wills)
Performed by The Lucky Stars
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21 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

...is that it shines a light on LBJ's very significant accomplishments (civil rights, voting rights, Medicare, Medicaid) which were largely wiped from my generation's collective consciousness. This film ends with Johnson's sweeping election victory in 1964, but by 1968 he became one of the most despised presidents in history for his escalation of the war in Vietnam.

For those of us who lived through this era, this sort of biopic is a hard sell. We remember all too vividly the reality of Johnson, Humphrey, King, and all the rest. It's petty to remark that Dr. King didn't have the movie star looks of Anthony Mackie. Or that Hubert Humphrey was a lot plumper than Bradley Whitford, and his high pitched staccato speaking voice beyond Whitford's reach. Other characters are done either spot on or way off. I suppose no one could capture the essence of Sen. Dirksen without coming dangerously close to Foghorn Leghorn. But Bob McNamara looks right, and the always reliable Stephen Root brings the right manic intensity to his J. Edgar Hoover.

Ultimately it's Bryan Cranston who makes the sell. He's utterly convincing. We feel we're seeing LBJ on screen. Only occasionally does the facade crack to show the actor underneath. But for the most part it's uncanny--if not a little eerie--how accurately he portrays Johnson.

The script is about what you expect for a biopic. The kind of exposition necessary to explain who is who and what is what. It's tiresome for those of us who lived through it, but a necessary evil I suppose for anyone under age fifty. And for those under thirty who seem to have got a college degree without knowing much about anything, this will be a useful primer on the early 60s.


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