Movie Review: All the Way ****

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All the Way is an HBO movie about Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) the 36th President of the United States. It’s 1963, President Kennedy has just been assassinated and LBJ assumes the role of President to finish out the last 14 months of Kennedy’s term. On the table is the Civil Rights Act that would give equal rights to blacks. LBJ is from a Southern State that historically fought against civil rights for minorities. He makes the politically unpopular decision to push the bill through congress while attempting to become the Democratic nominee for President in the upcoming 1964 election. Promises, arm twisting, deals, and threats are made to make civil rights leaders back off and to make congressional leaders change their long-held discriminatory policies while LBJ campaigns to become President.

This is a very historic turning point in America that happened during my lifetime. It is scary to see how close we were to maintaining the status quo and retaining the racial segregation of open discrimination against blacks and other people of color. It’s been over 50 years and we’re still not quite there. I hate to think where we would be today had LBJ’s push for equal rights failed and waited for ratification at a later date. I liked the historic significance of this movie and the behind the scenes deals it takes to get bills through congress. The acting was outstanding, newsreels were mixed in to give the actual flavor of the day, and the story was well told. I liked it. 4 out of 5 stars.

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