All the Way

All the Way

DVD - 2016
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Bryan Cranston stars in a riveting look at the formidable challenges and demons faced by President Lyndon Johnson on his tumultuous first year in office, from his accidental ascension to the presidence in November 1963, to his relentless fight to win passage of a landmark Civil Rights Bill with the election of 1964 looming.
Publisher: New York City, New York : HBO Home Box Office, [2016]
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (2 hr., 12 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda.
NTSC, rda.
videodisc
digital, optical, 5.1 Dolby digital (English, French), 2.0 Dolby digital (Latin Spanish), rda.

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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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StarGladiator
Sep 24, 2016

Would humbly recommend that any viewer of this film next read the outstanding book by Joan Mellen, Faustian Bargains, and reflect upon the actual reality.

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