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1968 with Tom Brokaw (2007)

Tom Brokaw shares the personal odysseys of people who lived through the chaotic decade of the 1960s.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Brokaw ... Himself - Host
John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Pat Buchanan ... Himself (as Patrick J. Buchanan)
Michelle Phillips ... Herself
Jeff Greenfield ... Himself
Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage)
Lyndon Baines Johnson ... Himself (archive footage) (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
Arlo Guthrie ... Himself
Bruce Springsteen ... Himself
Gene Kimmel Gene Kimmel ... Himself (archive footage)
Jeffry House Jeffry House ... Himself - Student Activist
Nellie Harness Coakley Nellie Harness Coakley ... Herself
Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage)
O.J. Simpson ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Namath ... Himself (archive footage)


In 1968, the fury and violence of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago propelled us toward a tipping point in politics. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated, America suffered its bloodiest year in Vietnam and drugs seduced us. Yet idealism--and hope--flourished. Explore the significance of that turbulent year and the way it continues to affect the American landscape. Tom Brokaw offers his perspective on the era and shares the rich personal odysseys of some of the people who lived through that chaotic time, along with the stories of younger people now experiencing its aftershocks. Includes archival footage and interviews with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, who was talking to King when he was assassinated and rushed to his side to try to staunch the wound; Olympic gold medalist Rafer Johnson, who wrestled RFKs' assassin to the ground; and Arlo Guthrie, best known for his song "Alice's Restaurant. Written by Official Site

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9 December 2007 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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The graphic comparing the election results of 1968 to 2004 is incorrect. The 2004 map should have Minnesota blue (Kerry), not red (Bush). See more »


References The Big Gundown (1966) See more »

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Documentary on Historic Year Limited Mostly To USA
30 September 2018 | by lchadbou-326-26592See all my reviews

It is hard to cover a year where so many dramatic events occurred, as with 1968, without becoming superficial.The program mostly limits itself to what happened here in America (except for one reference to the Mexico City Olympics and a bit toward the end on Paris and Prague) though the argument could be made that in order to understand this particular year you need to grasp the sense of worldwide rebellion which would even include things like the ongoing Cultural Revolution in China.The show also fails to clarify why 1968 was a turning point,as opposed to other years in the decade of the 196os.But I like the way Brokaw highlights the less well known Orangeburg massacre that February where 3 students were killed by police, 3 years before the more famous Kent State killings.The footage of the train carrying Senator Robert Kennedy,s body from New York to DC, with crowds gathered all along the way to pay their respects, is especially moving.

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