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MPAA Rating - PG13

    170 Minutes

    Comedy Drama

Original Release Date:
    Jul 25, 2000

    Peter Werner

    Jeanetta Arnette, Robert Bailey Jr., Graham Beckel, Orlando Brown, Michael Easton

Movie Summary
Four friends struggle to find themselves in the decade that brought us disco, platform shoes, and those smiley-face buttons in this miniseries, which first aired in April of 2000 on NBC. Byron Shaw (Brad Rowe), his girlfriend Eileen (Vinessa Shaw), and her sister Christie (Amy Smart) are all at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, when National Guardsmen open fire on students protesting the war in Vietnam, leaving four people dead. Byrons high-school buddy Dexter Johnson (Guy Torry) is also there -- but as a Guardsman rather than a student. Byron quits the Guard in disgust and moves to Watts, where he opens a movie theater and becomes a key figure in the Black Power movement. Byron quits law school and takes a job with Richard Nixons re-election campaign -- just as the Watergate scandal begins to break, Byron becomes an informant to the Justice Department and is nearly killed by a sniper. Eileen embraces the feminist movement and later seeks a career in the advertising industry, where she discovers that womens rights have not advanced terribly far. And Christie becomes a successful model, but fame and fortune do not bring her happiness as shes lured into a religious cult known as The Path. The 70s soundtrack is loaded with period-appropriate hits, including classic tunes by Stevie Wonder, Jefferson Starship, Marvin Gaye, and Three Dog Night. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


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