All the Way

All the Way

DVD - 2016
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Johnson becomes president in the aftermath of Kennedy's assassination and spends his first year in office fighting to pass the Civil Rights Act.
Audience: Not rated.
Publisher: New York : HBO, 2016.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC All
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
In English dubbed in French and Latin Spanish with Complex Chinese, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Latin Spanish, and Thai subtitles.

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jimg2000
Nov 07, 2017

Fascinating look on LBJ’s presidency in pursing the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the politicking in winning reelection soon afterwards. Not covered were his other two great Presidential achievements a year after:
08/06/1965 - signed the Voting Rights Act.
07/30/1965 - created Medicare, Medicaid.
Makes you wish he had run for a second term.

Note: If you enjoyed the docudrama, don't miss the Special Features “All The Way: A Walk Through History.” I added quotes from this short feature instead of the main film as they were words from esteemed historians.

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Vivica
Oct 20, 2017

Very enjoyable and a well done movie...and I learned more about a part of history that isn't often spot-lighted. Definitely worth the watch!!

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DARRYL LUCKETT
Sep 19, 2017

A must see for anyone interested in this time. Brian Chanston is perfect as LBJ!

CircMary Jul 24, 2017

Enjoyed this docu-drama on the early LBJ presidency. Good writing, good acting. The juxtaposition of LBJ and MLK working the system in their own way was an interesting approach to telling this story. Watching the fine actress Melissa Leo, who plays Ladybird, is always a treat. I really got the feel of being on the cusp of a new era in U.S. politics.

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akirakato
Jun 16, 2017

Direced by Jay Roach and adapted by Robert Schenkkan from his play with the same title, this is a 2016 American HBO docudrama, based on the 1st-year events of the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson.
I was amazed by the overwhelming LBJ victory in the 1964 election.
The following year, President Johnson worked with Dr. King and the civil rights movement to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
LBJ also mobilized Congress to enact "Great Society" legislation, creating Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, and sweeping reform in education, jobs, immigration, the environment and the arts.
By Spring 1968, nearly 25,000 soldiers had been killed in Vietnam.
Support for the war had eroded and protests mounted.
Facing a divided electrorate and poor health, LBJ announced in March 1968 he would not run for re-election.
Martin Luther King was assassinated in April 1968.
LBJ died of a heart attack at his ranch in 1973 at age 64.
So, everybody should be able to understand, Vietnam War really ruined his popularity.

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imagenel
Jun 15, 2017

The juicy soundbites: "blood test for LOYALTY", "some slack for my nut sack", etc. etc. long before the twit of tweets. An accidental president (after JFK); tug of war between Lyndon Baines Johnson and Martin Luther King; 60+ days of filibuster on the Civil Rights Act. All this on the tumultuous first year of LBJ's presidency. Then came the Vietnam war... For those too young to remember this chapter of U.S. history, this HBO film shows that politics can be nobly poetic, complex, and sometimes pork-o-graphic. See also Bryan Cranston in Trumbo, (about Hollywood black-list and witch hunt).

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mjayh
Jun 06, 2017

Brian Cranston is a good actor, however as another person pointed out he just doesn't have LBJ's imposing stature. Having two inches added in his shoes still doesn't make him anywhere near big enough, and it makes him seem high-waisted and awkward. His performance seems forced to me, as though he's trying to compensate. Still, the story is worthy, the other performances top-notch. It may be worth mentioning that All The Way was a stage play originally and Cranston's performance earned him a Tony Award. Film is much less forgiving.

LBJ as a likable guy instead of the terrifying, belligerent, overpowering bully that he was. Bryan Cranston does a good job with this soft-and-cuddly version of Johnson, but the huge limitation to his performance is his middleweight build. LBJ was a heavyweight all the way -- 6'4" probably 230 lbs. Much of his genius was in his stature. What was known as the "Johnson Treatment" is when LBJ would get in real tight, nose to nose, and grab a fellow politician by the lapels and tell him exactly how he was going to vote. There is a scene where Cranston tries to pull off the "Johnson Treatment" in the senate elevator but it just seems foolish because there is no sense of fear in the other man because there isn't that size. Cranston's facial mannerisms are well played though. The movie's best part is its depiction of all the ins and outs of seating the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) at the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City. The DVD might be worth checking out just for that.

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eliasmerkins
Jan 18, 2017

An interesting view of Lyndon B Johnson's candidacy, but a washout of the actual events. In a way is an attempt on validating his actions. Just an entertaining movie, a bit over acted...

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Dadjoe1
Oct 08, 2016

This is a good movie. Bryan Cranston's acting was superb.

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jimg2000
Nov 07, 2017

Quotes herein were from interviews with historians in the Special Features “All The Way: A Walk Through History.” Some quotes from the main feature can be found in IMDb:

The relationship between black and white was at a fork. And coming into 1964, LBJ and MLK were on the right side of the fork.
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He was all emotions on a spectrum of human experience. Everybody who knew him will say, “Bar none, there’s nobody more interesting that we’ve ever met in our whole lives.” You just couldn't take your eyes off him. He lit the room up when he entered, but nobody certainly expected him to be President.

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jimg2000
Nov 07, 2017

African-Americans, back in ’63, were not allowed to sit at a lunch counter with white people. They were not allowed access to bathrooms. This is the Jim Crow South. It is the 100 years of deliberately-crafted social and political structures to oppress African-Americans in this country. This was the naked revelation of the illogic of white supremacy and showed just how devastating a consequence it was to believe that some people are inferior and some people are superior. Clearly, segregation was right there, it was blatant. But there was also a certain hopefulness. Civil rights became a major issue in the ‘50’s. Between the sit-ins and the bus rides, there was a sense that things were beginning to move forward.

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jimg2000
Nov 07, 2017

There’s a battle in Johnson between love and fear that is as stormy, explosive kind of battleground as you could ever have in one person. And instead of helping the country heal and gluing things back together and becoming a source of stability, he takes on one of the most daring bits of legislation by announcing and then pursing the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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We got people in this country living in unbelievable poverty. I know. I grew up like that in the Hill Country.
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Slow and plodding though it was, it’s more important for people to realize what happened without violence to change America.
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…all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty. Yet millions are deprived of those blessings because of the color of their skin. This cannot continue. Our Constitution forbids it. And the law U will now sign forbids it.

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jimg2000
Nov 07, 2017

The more I got into it, the more contemporary it revealed itself to be. The battles that were being fought in 1964, we still fight today.
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At a time now when racial relationships seem fraught again, to remember a time like this, where a black leader could work with a white Southern leader and produce this extraordinary act, it’s a positive moment.
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It is good to remind ourselves, with all of the problems we have today, and we have many challenges ahead of us, but how far we have come in 50 years from where we were in 1964. And in the lowest of my low moments today, I think, “Well…” And maybe 50 years from now, we’ll look back and think, “Well., we’re so much further than that. Thank God.”

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