Pointless Nonsense

Posted in movies by Bill on August 15, 2016

allthewayAll the Way is the HBO movie about LBJ, the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the subsequent presidential election. It came out in May but I totally missed that it did. Brian Cranston stars as LBJ, Anthony Mackie as MLK, Bradley Whitford as Hubert H. Humphrey, Melissa Leo as Lady Bird, Stephen Root as J. Edgar Hoover, and some other people. It’s an interesting enough story about the conflict between ideals and practicality in politics. If MLK had his way, the President would have overreached and had no ability to accomplish anything. If LBJ had his way, he would have achieved what seemed feasible, and lost the support of Black voters by failing to bring substantial change. Pretty decent movie if you’re interest in the history stuff, otherwise I wouldn’t bother.

Random interesting thing: I didn’t know LBJ named his daughters Lucy Baines and Lynda Bird and his dog Little Beagle, so as to keep the LBJ initials on everyone.


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