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The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.
Publisher: Culver City, California :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2018]
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA LBJ
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1,rda
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Alternative Title: Lyndon Baines Johnson


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Oct 10, 2019

LBJ is one of the most fascinating figures in American history since the end of the second world war. His faults were immense to the point of being legendary. At the same time, he had the ability to use his coarse, dominating personality to push through legal changes that revitalized the entire nation. A full exploration of his life and legacy would likely take a whole mini-series to explore.

This film is both frustrating and rewarding in its look into the man. Ultimately, the many plot events rush by and the stakes don't seem properly set up. Overall, it feels like a thumbnail sketch. The portrayal of LBJ by Woody Harrelson emphasis his fallible, all-too-human side. While the actor does a fine job, viewers are still left wondering sometimes what LBJ's motivations were. Overall, the movie is still worth watching, but viewers interested in the broader history will probably want to use it as a springboard into other media instead of looking at the film as its own thing.

Apr 11, 2019

A very good film about a very complex man.

I didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did. For some reason, I thought LBJ was an early version of Mr. Trump, I'm happy to have been so mistaken.

Mar 04, 2019

Rob Reiner produced this simple tale of how LBJ tussled with the elite Northerners around the Kennedy clan, and along the way became a strong supporter of civil rights who understood how his actions would lose the South for the Democractic party for at least a generation. Woody Harrelson does a good job of capturing LBJ's coarseness one moment, his valuing personal relationships the next.

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.
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.
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.
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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

May 13, 2018

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

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