The '60s (1999)

TV Movie   |  PG-13   |    |  Drama


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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 »

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29 April 2004 | widescreenguy
I was there
oh ya, I was there and can vouch for the veracity of many of the scenes in this series. My background was that of a naive shy geeky type and it took me a long time to come to terms with what happened during the 60s. A time of very rapid and huge social change. The course of the decade is mirrored in the story presented in this excellent representation. The remnants of the bobbysoxer era gave way to some pretty horrid psychedelic tunes but then Jimi Hendrix hit the air waves. His legacy will in 200 years be similar to Amadeus Mozart: they both revolutionized music, lived on the edge, died young and broke. The difference is we have Jimi's live recordings and know his resting place. The characters then undergo some defining moments, and the war in southeast Asia spills over. The end of the film was rather abrupt and bewildering, same goes for that decade. I was there when the hippie era ended in a similar fashion.

Plausibility of this story ranges from dead on to highly unlikely. But you have to remember the hippie era was partly based on a lot of media hype and voyeurism. This range of views is correctly portrayed.

Julia Stiles was uniquely outstanding in her role as the wayward daughter who struggles against the downside of a society that in some cases was determined to devour its young. I too was kicked out of the house at a young age but I deserved it having chosen to sport long hair and argue with my parents at every opportunity. Fortunately I had a job at the time and all was forgiven eventually. Gee, thats exactly what happens in this movie. Its no wonder Ms Stiles has gone on to many more film projects and I hope to see her in roles that extend her talent.

Out of all the portrayals I have seen of that period, 'The 60s' is the most accurate. I was there, I should know. I even lived in a hippie house the summer of 1970. It was a farm house converted to a non-denominational church and some teens from around Canada and one chap from Jamaica were there on an exchange program. Music, motorcycles, pot, hitch-hikers, stern faced members of the establishment, oh ya, I had some flashbacks watching this one.

You can look back but you can never go back.

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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.


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.
Katie Herlihy: I don't know where! But we are never going to spend another night sleeping on a ...


Goofs

Playing over the scene with the graphic "Loyola University, 1964" is The Byrds' version of the Bob Dylan song "The Times They Are A-Changin'" which was not recorded until September, 1965. Dylan's version was released in January, 1964.


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.


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America
Written by
Paul Simon
Performed by Simon & Garfunkel (as Simon and Garfunkel)

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