1969 (1988)

ERNEST THOMPSON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1988.  Atlantic Entertainment Group, Atlantic Productions.  Screenplay by Ernest Thompson.  Cinematography by . Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Failed attempt to recapture the glory days when America was going through a cultural revolution.  and Robert Downey Jr. play teenagers who witness change following the outbreak of the Vietnam war. They are both strongly opposed, even though Sutherland’s brother has enlisted and this has put an emotional gulf between them as well as between him and his patriotic father (Bruce Dern). The two friends then take off on a road trip across the country to enjoy the life of carefree hippiedom until tragedy brings them back home and helps restore Sutherland’s relationship with his family. Winona Ryder co-stars as the love interest, but much better movies have been made about the same time period. Written and directed by Ernest Thompson, who won an Oscar for his adaptation of his own play On Golden Pond.

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