1969 (1988)

R | 93 mins | Drama | 18 November 1988

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HISTORY

Opening credits are superimposed over footage of “Scott” and “Ralph” on the day of their high school graduation, followed by voice-over narration by Kiefer Sutherland: “In 1969, Richard Nixon was inaugurated President. Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King had been assassinated the year before, and The Beatles were still together. Ralph and I were nineteen. Two years out of high school and we owned the world. At least the ninety-mile stretch between Barton State College and home.” The narration resumes at the end of the film: “In November of ‘69, 327 of us from Culloch County, including my father, marched in Washington along with 700,000 other Americans to protest the war in Vietnam. This film is dedicated to all of us. Dedicated to peace.”
       On 2 Feb 1987, DV announced 1969 as one of seven motion pictures greenlighted for production by Atlantic Entertainment Group. The budget was estimated in the $5—$7 million range, with filming expected to take place that fall.
       Information in the 19 Nov 1987 LAHExam and 18 Nov 1987 HR listed conflicting start dates of 4 Nov and 9 Nov 1987. Two weeks after filming began, production was temporarily stalled due to weather in the primary location of Savannah, GA, and to determine if more rehearsal time was necessary. Both the director of photography and production designer were fired from the crew, but unit publicist David Fulton insisted that complications on set were not related to Ernest Thompson’s experience as a first-time director.
       The 20 Sep 1988 HR reported that the film had a “sensational” sneak preview that weekend in Las Vegas, NV. Shortly after, a ... More Less

Opening credits are superimposed over footage of “Scott” and “Ralph” on the day of their high school graduation, followed by voice-over narration by Kiefer Sutherland: “In 1969, Richard Nixon was inaugurated President. Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King had been assassinated the year before, and The Beatles were still together. Ralph and I were nineteen. Two years out of high school and we owned the world. At least the ninety-mile stretch between Barton State College and home.” The narration resumes at the end of the film: “In November of ‘69, 327 of us from Culloch County, including my father, marched in Washington along with 700,000 other Americans to protest the war in Vietnam. This film is dedicated to all of us. Dedicated to peace.”
       On 2 Feb 1987, DV announced 1969 as one of seven motion pictures greenlighted for production by Atlantic Entertainment Group. The budget was estimated in the $5—$7 million range, with filming expected to take place that fall.
       Information in the 19 Nov 1987 LAHExam and 18 Nov 1987 HR listed conflicting start dates of 4 Nov and 9 Nov 1987. Two weeks after filming began, production was temporarily stalled due to weather in the primary location of Savannah, GA, and to determine if more rehearsal time was necessary. Both the director of photography and production designer were fired from the crew, but unit publicist David Fulton insisted that complications on set were not related to Ernest Thompson’s experience as a first-time director.
       The 20 Sep 1988 HR reported that the film had a “sensational” sneak preview that weekend in Las Vegas, NV. Shortly after, a 14 Oct 1988 HR brief indicated that Thompson and Atlantic Entertainment chairman Thomas Coleman had appealed the film’s R rating to the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) Classification & Rating Board, but were unsuccessful.
       According to the 24 Oct 1988 HR, the Young Artists United benefit premiere was held 27 Oct 1988 at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Although a 14 Sep 1988 HR item indicated that Atlantic had planned the picture’s release date to coincide with the Veteran’s Day holiday, the film opened a week later, on 18 Nov 1988. Reviews were positive.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks to: Georgia Film Commission, Mike Riley, Norman Bielowicz; City of Savannah, Georgia, Mayor Rousakis, Tom Kaufman; Savannah Police Department, Johnson Taylor; Town of Statesboro, Georgia, Mayor Lanier, Becky Gaddis, Esther Akers, Judy Russell; Town of Hardeeville, South Carolina, Mayor Smoak; Sacred Heart School, Sister Elise Gorman; Billy and Friends/University of Cosmetology; Hoffman Travel Service; Dick Wingate, Jeff Sidney and PolyGram Records; Jay Cooper, Karen Magid, Tina Nielsen; Savannah College of Art and Design; Kristie Lanier.”
       The name of Jason Summers’ character, “Protester,” is misspelled onscreen as “Protestor.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
2 Feb 1987
p. 1, 22.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Nov 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
14 Sep 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
20 Sep 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
14 Oct 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Oct 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Nov 1988
p. 6.
LAHExam
19 Nov 1987
Section A, p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
18 Nov 1988
Calendar, p. 12.
New York Times
18 Nov 1988
p. 10.
Variety
18 Nov 1987.
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Variety
23 Nov 1988
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Atlantic Entertainment Group presents
An Ernest Thompson film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st cam asst
2d cam asst
2d cam asst
3d cam asst
Addl photog
Addl photog
Addl photog
Cam asst
Cam asst
Cam asst
Still photog
Key grip
Key grip
Best boy grip
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Best boy elec
Elec
Cam, grip and elec equip provided by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dept assoc
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Leadman
On set dresser
On set dresser
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Const coord
Greensman
Prop master
Asst prop master
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst to cost des
Cost asst
Cost asst
Cost asst
MUSIC
Orig mus
Addl mus
Mus supv
Asst mus ed
Asst mus ed
Underscore rec at
Eng
Mus consultant
Mus consultant
SOUND
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Foley artist
Foley artist
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
ADR mixer
Foley mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles and opticals by
Title des
MAKEUP
Key hairdresser
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hair/Makeup asst
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Atlantic prod exec
Loc mgr
Loc liaison
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Post-prod accountant
Prod secy
Unit pub
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Picture car coord
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Addl casting
Voice casting
Asst to Ernest Thompson
Asst to Ernest Thompson
Asst to the prods
Prod assoc
Prod assoc
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Craft service
Georgia casting
Extras casting
Extras casting asst
Dog trainer
Teacher
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Film processing by
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Windows Of The World," performed by The Pretenders, produced by Nick Lowe, mixed by Bob Clearmountain, The Pretenders appear courtesy of WEA Records Ltd., written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, published by Blue Seas Music, Inc. and JAC Music Co., Inc.
"Wooden Ships," performed by Crosby, Stills & Nash, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Special Products, written by Stephen Stills, David Crosby and Paul Kantner, published by Gold Hill Music, Inc. and Guerrilla Music
"Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In," performed by The Fifth Dimension, courtesy of Arista Records, Inc., written by Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni and James Rado, published by SBK U Catalog Inc.
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SONGS
"Windows Of The World," performed by The Pretenders, produced by Nick Lowe, mixed by Bob Clearmountain, The Pretenders appear courtesy of WEA Records Ltd., written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, published by Blue Seas Music, Inc. and JAC Music Co., Inc.
"Wooden Ships," performed by Crosby, Stills & Nash, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Special Products, written by Stephen Stills, David Crosby and Paul Kantner, published by Gold Hill Music, Inc. and Guerrilla Music
"Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In," performed by The Fifth Dimension, courtesy of Arista Records, Inc., written by Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni and James Rado, published by SBK U Catalog Inc.
"Goin' Up The Country," performed by Canned Heat, courtesy of EMI-Manhattan Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc., Special Markets Division, written by Alan Wilson, published by SBK Unart Catalog Inc.
"Time Of The Season," performed by The Zombies, courtesy of Marquis Entertainment, Ltd., written by Rod Argent, published by Mainstay Music, Inc.
"Green River," performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival, courtesy of Fantasy, Inc., written by John C. Fogerty, published by Jondora Music
"Get Together," performed by Jesse Colin Young, produced by Michael James Jackson, written by Chet Powers, published by Irving Music, Inc.
"All Along The Watchtower," performed by Jimi Hendrix, courtesy of Auteursrechtenmaatschappij B.V. "A.R.M.," written by Bob Dylan, published by Dwarf Music
"May This Be Love," performed by Jimi Hendrix, courtesy of Auteursrechtenmaatschappij B.V. "A.R.M.," written by Jimi Hendrix, published by Bella Godiva Music
"Both Sides Now," performed by Julie Pritikin and Rick Kasper, written by Joni Mitchell, published by Siquomb Publishing Corporation
"Dreaming In The Night," written and performed by Bobby Catania
"When I Was Young," performed by The Animals, written by Danny McCullough, Eric Burdon and John Weider, published by Unichappell Music, Inc. and Rightsong Music, Inc., courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
"Can't Find My Way Home," performed by Blind Faith, written by Steve Winwood, published by F.S. Music Limited, administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
"Reach Out Of The Darkness," performed by Friend And Lover, written by Jim Post, published by Lowery Music Company, Inc., courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
"Tuesday Afternoon," performed by The Moody Blues, written by Justin Hayward, published by Essex Music International, Inc., courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
"White Room," performed by Cream, written by Jack Bruce and Pete Brown, published by Unichappell Music, Inc., courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
18 November 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles premiere: 27 October 1988
Los Angeles and New York openings: 18 November 1988
Production Date:
began early November 1987
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo®
Color
Duration(in mins):
93
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29258
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After graduating high school in the spring of 1967, best friends and lifelong neighbors Ralph Carr and Scott Denny go away to college to avoid being drafted in the Vietnam War. Their freshman year, they promise to return to their small Maryland hometown for Easter weekend, but fail to hitch a ride and are forced to walk the entire way. On Easter Sunday, the disheveled boys wander back through town, interrupting an outdoor church service as Ralph’s younger sister, Beth Carr, reads from the Bible. Later that afternoon, Scott’s estranged older brother, Alden Denny, confides his fear that he will never have a normal life once he is deployed to Vietnam. Although their conservative father, Cliff, considers Alden a hero for enlisting in the Army, Scott voices his contempt for the war. The following spring, Beth graduates from high school and gives a stirring anti-war speech as class salutatorian. After the ceremony, Ralph overdoses on LSD and confesses he has flunked out of school. Before Scott returns to college, he and Ralph spend the summer traveling the country in a van, but eventually return home to attend the county sesquicentennial celebration. There, Scott’s mother, Jessie, reveals that Alden has been reported “Missing In Action.” Determined to avoid a similar fate, the boys break into the U.S. Army recruitment office, planning to steal their draft files. However, Scott realizes they will get into trouble and changes his mind. When police arrive to investigate the disturbance, Ralph is caught and arrested. Although Scott attempts to convince the officers of his involvement, Ralph and Beth lie to keep him out of jail. An argument ensues about Alden’s status overseas, and Cliff disowns ... +


After graduating high school in the spring of 1967, best friends and lifelong neighbors Ralph Carr and Scott Denny go away to college to avoid being drafted in the Vietnam War. Their freshman year, they promise to return to their small Maryland hometown for Easter weekend, but fail to hitch a ride and are forced to walk the entire way. On Easter Sunday, the disheveled boys wander back through town, interrupting an outdoor church service as Ralph’s younger sister, Beth Carr, reads from the Bible. Later that afternoon, Scott’s estranged older brother, Alden Denny, confides his fear that he will never have a normal life once he is deployed to Vietnam. Although their conservative father, Cliff, considers Alden a hero for enlisting in the Army, Scott voices his contempt for the war. The following spring, Beth graduates from high school and gives a stirring anti-war speech as class salutatorian. After the ceremony, Ralph overdoses on LSD and confesses he has flunked out of school. Before Scott returns to college, he and Ralph spend the summer traveling the country in a van, but eventually return home to attend the county sesquicentennial celebration. There, Scott’s mother, Jessie, reveals that Alden has been reported “Missing In Action.” Determined to avoid a similar fate, the boys break into the U.S. Army recruitment office, planning to steal their draft files. However, Scott realizes they will get into trouble and changes his mind. When police arrive to investigate the disturbance, Ralph is caught and arrested. Although Scott attempts to convince the officers of his involvement, Ralph and Beth lie to keep him out of jail. An argument ensues about Alden’s status overseas, and Cliff disowns Scott for believing Alden has died. That night, Scott consoles Beth, and agrees to let her join him in his travels. The two admit their mutual attraction and make love in the van. Meanwhile, Ralph and Beth’s widowed mother, Ev Carr, invites Cliff to consummate their longtime flirtation. As he and Beth pack the van, Scott sees the adults together through the living room window. Feeling sorry for his mother, he takes extra time to say goodbye to Jessie, who has no knowledge of the affair. Before leaving town, Beth and Scott stop by the jail to tell Ralph they are leaving. As they reach the Canadian border, Beth reveals she does not plan to travel any further, and claims that staging protests at home would be more valuable than simply running away. Scott agrees, and turns the van around. At home, they learn that Alden was killed in battle. After the funeral, Scott and Beth lead the mourners in an anti-war march through town. A sympathetic police officer releases Ralph from jail, and the Carr and Denny families reunite. +

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