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The '60s (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 7 February 1999
The Herlihys are a working class family from Chicago whose three children take wildly divergent paths: Brian joins the Marines right out of High School and goes to Vietnam, Michael becomes ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Piznarski

Writers:

Bill Couturié (story) (as Bill Couturie), Robert Greenfield (story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Hamilton ... Michael Herlihy
Julia Stiles ... Katie Herlihy
Jerry O'Connell ... Brian Herlihy
Jeremy Sisto ... Kenny Klein
Jordana Brewster ... Sarah Weinstock
Leonard Roberts ... Emmet Taylor
Bill Smitrovich ... Bill Herlihy
Annie Corley ... Mary Herlihy
Donovan Leitch Jr. ... Neal Reynolds (as Donovan Leitch)
David Alan Grier ... Fred Hampton
Cliff Gorman ... Father Daniel Berrigan
Charles S. Dutton ... Reverend Willie Taylor (as Charles Dutton)
April Mills April Mills ... Constance
Marc Blucas ... Buddy Wells
Jenna Byrne Jenna Byrne ... Melissa
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Storyline

The Herlihys are a working class family from Chicago whose three children take wildly divergent paths: Brian joins the Marines right out of High School and goes to Vietnam, Michael becomes involved in the civil rights movement and after campaigning for Bobby Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy becomes involved in radical politics, and Katie gets pregnant, moves to San Francisco and joins a hippie commune. Meanwhile, the Taylors are an African-American family living in the deep South. When Willie Taylor, a minister and civil rights organizer, is shot to death, his son Emmet moves to the city and eventually joins the Black Panthers, serving as a bodyguard for Fred Hampton. Written by Anonymous

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You only really know what you have when your'e about to lose it.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug use, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The '60s See more »

Filming Locations:

Fillmore, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Actors Donovan and Carnie Wilson are the respective children of musicians 'Donovan' and The Beach Boys' singer Brian Wilson, both of whom are heard in the soundtrack. Jason Nesmith, son of ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith, also appears. See more »

Goofs

Brian tries to get another man to buy him a beer, saying that he is not old enough to do so. The drinking age in Illinois in 1962 was 18 and Brian would have to be at least that to enlist in the military then. See more »

Quotes

Katie Herlihy: Michael Rainbow, I'm going to make you a promise. I am going to take this money, and then I am going to find a nice, warm place for us to stay, for as long as we want.
[starts crying]
Katie Herlihy: I don't know where! But we are never going to spend another night sleeping on a stranger's couch and begging for food, I promise you, ok? I swear to God!
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Alternate Versions

A scene where Katie and her friends gathered in front of her television to watch The Beatles performance on the Ed Sullivan show was originally shown in NBC's first broadcast of the mini-series but ended up getting cut out of all the home video versions of the film (including NBC's own 2 tape set which could only be ordered straight from the network). The scene is also missing from later presentations of the film on networks such as VH1. In the scene Katie and her friends sit on the floor in front of the television and scream in delight at the sight of The Beatles while Katie's brother, Michael, sits behind them secretly trying to brush his hair down so that he can look like the famous quartet. See more »

Connections

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Comin' Into Los Angeles
Written by Arlo Guthrie
Performed by Arlo Guthrie
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Not so much a 60's movie,but a great Hippy movie!
15 August 2002 | by erwan_tichelerSee all my reviews

The 60's is a great movie(I saw it completely in one night) about the hippy movement in the late 60's. Although the title would suggest otherwise the first 5 years of the 60's are not really important in this film.

The main character of the movie is Michael,a political activist who goes on the road in the US against the Vietnam-war. There he meets his girlfriend,Sarah.Michael's brother,Brian,goes to Vietnam to fight(what a surprise!).He comes back from the war and changes in a "Tom Cruise Born on the fourth of July" look a like and then into a Hippy.His dad is a pro-vietnam war type of guy(what a surprise!!).Michael's sister Kate gets pregnant from a Rock & Roll artist and runs away from home and goes to San Francisco during the summer of love. The ending is very poor(father becomes a liberal and everybody is happy),but I let this slip away from my vote(the rest of the movie is very good!).

The performances by the actors are pretty good and the soundtrack of the movie is absolutely brilliant. All the main events of the sixties are in the movie,like the murders on JFK and Martin Luther King aswell as the big hippy protests,the summer of love and Woodstock! Look closely for Wavy"Woodstock Speaker"Gravy(What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400.000!) as a first aid employee at the Woodstock festival!

In the end,the 60's is a beautiful movie about a beautiful decade! 10/10


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