1968: The Year That Shaped a Generation (1998)

War, assassinations, riots at home and abroad, and a presidential election all consolidated into one year to change society.

Director:

Stephen Talbot

Writer:

Stephen Talbot

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Cast

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Noah Adams Noah Adams ... Narrator (voice)
Lyndon Baines Johnson ... Himself (archive footage) (as Lyndon Johnson)
Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Barbara Ehrenreich Barbara Ehrenreich ... Herself
Eugene McCarthy ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
William C. Westmoreland ... Himself (archive footage) (as William Westmorland)
Walter Cronkite ... Himself
Todd Gitlin ... Himself
Pat Buchanan ... Himself
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Samuel Kyles Samuel Kyles ... Himself
Jesse Jackson ... Himself
Coretta Scott King ... Herself (archive footage)
Ethel Kennedy ... Herself (archive footage)
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Storyline

Stephen Talbot uses a chronological approach to examine the events of 1968. Archive footage and interviews of several key participants are used to highlight most of the major events of the year. The Tet Offensive, Eugene McCarthy's campaign, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, the student takeover of Columbia University, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Paris student revolts, the mass murder by the Mexican government of protesters in Mexico City a week before the Summer Olympics, the police riots in Chicago at the Democratic National Convention, the third party candidacy of George Wallace, and the election of Richard Nixon are all examined to explain how one year changed society.

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Documentary

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1998 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color
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Pat Buchanan: I thinks there's an amount of bitterness and animosity that our generation is going to carry to its grave.
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Blackbird
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
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