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All the Way (TV Movie 2016) Poster

(2016 TV Movie)

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Right after President Lyndon Baines Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Senator Dick Russell (Frank Langella) walks off into an adjoining room, obviously very upset. He's then seen standing and looking at a painting of President Harry S. Truman, as Johnson comes into the same room after him. The reason this is important is because President Truman unsuccessfully tried passing a major Civil Rights Bill in 1948, and Russell, a segregationist, had a leading role in blocking Truman's bill. Russell had a long track record for defeating civil rights legislation via use of the filibuster. However, he was unsuccessful in his leadership and efforts to defeat Johnson's bill.
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The film's source "All the Way" play won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play and Bryan Cranston won Best Actor in a Play for his role as President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
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The film was made and first released about four years after its source Tony Award winning play by Robert Schenkkan had been first performed in 2012. Schenkkan also penned the tele-play for this tele-movie. The play also starred Bryan Cranston as Lyndon Baines Johnson who reprised his role in this movie.
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Many of the scenes in the film are based upon real transcripts and conversations.
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President Lyndon Baines Johnson plays a practical joke on Hubert H. Humphrey by driving his open-top car directly into a lake, but the car is able to float. The car is the famous Amphicar, built from 1961 to 1965, and the incident is based on reality in that Johnson did own an Amphicar, and he would play this exact trick on his friends.
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Frank Langella's 6'3" height had to be concealed from the camera during filming, since the real Richard Russell was actually shorter than Lyndon Baines Johnson (reflected in a famous photograph of Johnson leaning over Russell)
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President Lyndon Baines Johnson continued the FBI's wiretapping of Martin Luther King Jr. that was previously authorized by the Kennedy Administration of President John F. Kennedy. As a result of listening to the FBI's tapes, remarks on King's extra-marital activities were made by several prominent officials, including Johnson, who once said that King was a "hypocritical preacher."
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President Lyndon Baines Johnson (Bryan Cranston) sends FBI agents to investigate the three missing freedom fighter boys in Mississippi. These events are portrayed in the movie Mississippi Burning (1988).
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Lyndon Baines Johnson was succeeded in office by Richard Nixon, who was played by Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon (2008). Director Jay Roach claimed that Langella would have fun between takes slipping into character as Nixon.
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Lyndon Baines Johnson is one of four people who have served as President and Vice President, as well as in both houses of Congress.
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Director Jay Roach's fourth movie about elections and campaigns. He previously directed Recount (2008), Game Change (2012), and The Campaign (2012).
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The film portrays Martin Luther King's Nobel Prize acceptance speech for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 as being just before the election on 3rd November that year, but it actually occurred on 10th December of '64.
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Second collaboration between Bryan Cranston and director Jay Roach. Cranston previously starred in Trumbo (2015).
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Stephen Root, who plays J. Edgar Hoover, was previously in J. Edgar (2011) with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.
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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.
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Melissa Leo; and two Oscar nominees: Bryan Cranston and Frank Langella.
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Though Lyndon Baines Johnson was a naval officer, he has a Marine Corps flag in the Oval Office. There is no service flag in the replica Oval Office at the LBJ Presidential Museum.
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When Johnson is seen fitting a suit in the Oval Office while talking in the phone to Senator Humphrey, he makes some crude remarks to the tailor regarding the fitting of his pants. Those comments are extracted, almost word for word, from genuine, real recordings of phone conversations by the actual LBJ.
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At one point, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara informs President Johnson of a situation involving the warship USS Maddox and a possible torpedo attack, the event having been leaked to the press. McNamara is referring to the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which led to a full escalation of the Vietnam War. It is now believed that the events were distorted or fabricated, possibly with McNamara or his team deliberately leaking the information in order manipulate public opinion regarding American involvement in the Vietnam War.
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Bradley Whitford was previously married to Jane Kaczmarek, who played Bryan Cranston's wife on Malcolm in the Middle (2000).
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One of two features films about Lyndon Baines Johnson which were made and first released in the year of 2016. The films are LBJ (2016) and All the Way (2016).
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Ray White plays Senator Everett Dirksen (R - IL), but has played the US President in Command & Conquer: Red Alert II and its add-on sequel Command & Conquer: Red Alert II - Yuri's Revenge. Both games from Westwood / Electronic Arts
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Actors Ray Wise and Bryan Cranston both previously appeared in How I Met Your Mother (2005).
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Actors Ray Wise and Frank Langella both previously appeared in Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005).
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One of two Bryan Cranston films in the same year that have connections to LBJ, the other one being Cranston's part as the title character in Wakefield (2016) who is shown reading a book about President Johnson.
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Bryan Cranston and Ray Wise have both played Commissioner Gordon in animated Batman features. Cranston played the part in Batman: Year One (2011), while Wise played the part in Batman: The Killing Joke (2016). On 'Gotham (2015)(TV)', the part is played by Ben McKenzie, who is Robert Schenkkan's nephew.
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While discussing what happened to Walter Jenkins, President Lyndon Baines Johnson (Bryan Cranston) discusses the certain male mannerisms with J. Edgar Hoover (Stephen Root). Hoover himself was an alleged closeted cross-dresser.
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