TV Movie | Not Rated | | Drama, History
Based on the true story of the student protests at Kent State University in Ohio. This film focuses on the four students who were killed when the National Guard attempted to quell the riots... See full summary »
The administration at the real Kent State University would not allow the movie to be filmed on their campus. Gadsden State Junior College in Alabama was chosen because of its remarkable similarity (at the time) to Kent State University.
The film was originally intended to run four hours over two nights and was shot that way. But NBC executives later changed their minds, demanding the three-hour, one-night version that aired in February 1981. A scene set in the present day (1980) and involving a memorial to the four victims, was shot but didn't make the final cut.