1969 (1988)

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A draft-age youth comes to a realization when one of his friends are killed in the fighting in Vietnam. His subsequent anti-war beliefs are the source of a great deal of tension within his family, though his mother tries her best to be understanding.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ernest Thompson
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On DVD: Apr 16, 2002
Runtime:
Media Home Entertainment

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as Cliff

as Marshall

as Coach Heart

as Hitchhiker

as Radio Announcer

as Raplh's Cellmate

as Janitor
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Critic Reviews for 1969

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Surprisingly engaging drama with a few great performances.

August 4, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

October 6, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for 1969

½

Scott: If you flunk out and die in Vietnam, that's the end of our friendship, fuck you, you know. 

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

1969 is a Vietnam film that focuses on what was going on in America as opposed to what was actually taking place in the war. It deals with two college students and friends who are against the war and want to avoid being drafted at all cost. That's why they went to college. The movie also deals with their families and how the war affected family and their community.

The movie really isn't good  at all. It takes every little chance it gets to pour as much melodrama on us as possible. Bruce Dern is horrible and Winona Ryder is awful(and I normally like her). Robert Downey Jr and Keifer Sutherland are decent, but they both have sone way better work since. I like the story, but the movie seems to be lacking in every other category. The dialogue between the characters is horrible. A best thing about the movie is it's soundtrack. Bands such as Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Buffalo Springfield are included in it; helping make the 60's setting a little better.

While I can't really say I liked 1969; I can't say not to watch it either. It's not a completely worthless movie; just one that never becomes as good as it could have. It does have 2 or 3 scenes I really loved, but other than those few scenes, every other one felt like it was missing something. I'd only recommend this to huge fans of Keirfer or Robert. If you're not a huge fan of either of them; it's really not worth the time.

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Melvin White

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Another 80s movie that looked back at the 60s. This one has a great cast, a pretty good late 60s feel, and a realistic story. I liked it.

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AJ Verser

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Looking back at 1969 it is a little melodramatic but I did really enjoy it when it came out in the late 80's. Robert Downey Jr and Kiefer Sutherland work off each quite well, I'm not sure why they haven't collaborated since (or have they?). It's definitely worth checking out anyway, a very different war film, focusing more on the battles back home during wartime.

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Anthony Lawrie

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