LBJ

LBJ

DVD - 2018
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The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.

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mustang351c
Sep 02, 2018

Lenny Bruce satirically stated that LBJ's handlers would not let Johnson speak in public for his
first six months because he couldn't pronounce the word 'negro' properly, that he needed to practice it first. That was at the Hungry I, San Fransisco in 1964.
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Prior to about 1957 or 58 Johnson couldn't care less about civil rights, it was only seeing the Presidency in view that changed all of that, suddenly he saw civil rights issues as tools he could use for political gain. In the meantime Republican Barry Goldwater had been advocating for civil rights his entire political career, having received accolades from minority constituents in Arizona many times.
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LBJ's attitude and reason for the 1964 Civil Rights Act; "I’ll Have Those N*****s Voting Democratic for 200 Years."

And the result? The destruction of the black family as an institution. The 70% plus rate of out-of-wedlock births in the black community today is a direct result of LBJ, his Civil Rights Act of 1964, his War On Poverty, and his "Great Society". Black out-of-wedlock births were in the mid to high teens before 1964.

We can thank LBJ for all of that.
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The stories behind some of the guys who voted against the 1964 Civil Rights acts are as or more interesting than the stories of those who did vote for it.
This movie is just more history according to Hollywood, hardly credible. Unfortunately, too many think this largely revisionist sh-stuff is legit.

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ferm_dawg
Aug 29, 2018

I really enjoyed this movie, although I had my doubts going in. I am not a big Woody Harrelson fan, but he knocks this one out of the park. He really portray's LBJ as a 'not likable' person, which is what I have often read; although he is in a very unique place and time.

I really liked the movie, but sometimes it was hard to know who was representing who in Washington DC. (Actors playing government people.)

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IrishMoon
Jun 18, 2018

This film was far better than I expected. I grew up during this time, and from the film, I learned a lot that I hadn't known before.

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ba_library
Jun 18, 2018

Decent film on LBJ. Woody Harrelson plays LBJ and does a great job, but I will always think of him as Woody from the t.v. series Cheers. Directed by Rob Reiner (Meathead from Archer Bunker t.v. show.) Wondered what attracted him to this story? LBJ was a Texan who was dominant in the Senate and was a bit perplexed when John Kennedy wanted him to run as his Vice President. JFK knew he needed southern support to win. LBJ comes across a bit overwhelmed by the Kennedy glamour; commenting on the Kennedy boys movie star good looks and their desire to improve life in the U.S. by implementing civil rights legislation in Congress. Such legislation, of course, was a major threat to Southern lifestyle. The Kennedy assassination is an undercurrent throughout the film and features in the second half. LBJ constantly butts heads with U.S. Attorney General Robert (Bobby) Kennedy. The film mentions the Vietnam War, but doesn’t go into that era focusing on LBJ’s inauguration and implementation of Kennedy’s civil rights legislation. I thought Harrelson did a great job, but the film gets a bit bogged down in the politics, but overall I found it interesting.

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mikeedm
Jun 09, 2018

Excellent film. Incredible acting by Woody Harrelson.

A pretty solid biopic but limited to a very short span of time and focused on only one issue. That said, it was quite well done.

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blossom8
May 13, 2018

Educational and very well done. Woody’s acting is Ocar worthy.

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PHAERTE1
May 10, 2018

Simply an overrated depiction of LBJ as a coarse individual. Woody Harrelson is not good in this role and it is not worth watching.

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moonbk
May 02, 2018

A very enjoyable movie and so much better than most of the Oscar nominated flicks. I'm old enough to remember many of the events depicted in the movie and it rang true with me. Woody was excellent as LBJ and I believe it may be the finest role of his career. Don't miss this one!

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samjenks
May 01, 2018

Show LBJ as rude, crude, racist, bigot, to everyone's amazement flipped.

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