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1969 (1988)

R | | Drama, War | 18 November 1988 (USA)
Two friends living in a small town during the 1960s, run away to enjoy their freedom during the Vietnam War, thus disappointing the father of one of them. When they return to town, they realize the importance of family unity.

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Ernest Thompson

Writer:

Ernest Thompson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Downey Jr. ... Ralph Carr
Kiefer Sutherland ... Scott
Bruce Dern ... Cliff
Mariette Hartley ... Jessie
Winona Ryder ... Beth
Joanna Cassidy ... Ev
Christopher Wynne Christopher Wynne ... Alden
Keller Kuhn Keller Kuhn ... Marsha
Steve Foster Steve Foster ... Marshall
Mert Hatfield Mert Hatfield ... Coach Heart
Welton Tootle Welton Tootle ... Junior Roberts
Don Devendorf Don Devendorf ... Reverend Hardy
Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson ... Dean Bonner (as Dr. Robert Louis Stevenson)
Jason Summers Jason Summers ... Protestor
Scott N. Stevens Scott N. Stevens ... Hitchhiker
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Storyline

Two friends, Ralph and Scott live in a small minded town at the onset of wide public dissatisfaction with the Vietnam war. While Scott's brother enlists, he and Ralph are outspoken in their opposition to the war. Scott's attitude alienates him from his father and he and Ralph leave town to enjoy their 'freedom'. Various events lead them back to town where they learn of the death of the brother. This event proves to be the catalyst needed to bridge the gap between father and son and enlightens them both to the true cost of war. Written by Mark Harding <mah@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

The year the country split apart and a generation came together.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Generation von 1969 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,709,120, 20 November 1988

Gross USA:

$5,979,011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,979,011
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The van doors are fully opened when Ralph and Scott stop at the beach. Inside the van door is a lithograph: Hand with Reflecting Sphere, M.C. Escher, c. 1935. See more »

Goofs

As Alden is leaving for Vietnam, it is supposed to be Easter weekend of 1969. The kid on the bus is reading a book with the Brady Bunch on the cover. The Brady Bunch didn't premiere until September of 1969. See more »

Quotes

Coach Heart: You boys aren't working at the pool this summer?
Scott: No, we're going on the road. That's what hippies do ya' know.
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Connections

References The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

White Room
Performed by Cream
Written by Jack Bruce and Pete Brown
Published by Unichappell Music Inc.
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A weak anti-war message
22 October 1998 | by MattiasSee all my reviews

I admit that I rented this because of Miss Ryder's name on the cover. However, this isn't really a Winona-Ryder-movie, she is secondary to the plot. Kiefer Sutherland and Robert Downey Jr. play the main characters, two irresponsible kids at the end of the 1960s, trying to avoid getting drafted or growing up. However, it didn't really touch me. The anti-war message could have been stronger if the war had felt more present. As ususal for a movie about kids, their parents are portrayed as being clueless about how things have changed since they were young. Scott's father seem to be thinking 'Whatever happened to the 1950s?' all through the movie.


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