Documentary focusing on people and events that shaped the pivotal year of 1968. Narrated by John Cameron Swayze. This portion focuses on the Democratic & Republican Presidential campaigns, as well as the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy.
Opening montage: MS U.S. Vice-President HUBERT H. HUMPHREY waving to crowd from podium at Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois; MS Governor of Alabama GEORGE WALLACE saluting crowd at press conference; MS politico RICHARD M. NIXON smiling grandly at press conference; CU U.S. President LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON flashing crooked smile; MS police officers pushing back young protesters, night; TLS burning building; TLS U.S. Marines running past camera; LS rocket launching from gantry; MS U.S. Senator ROBERT F. KENNEDY (D-NY) smiling, waving to crowd at Latino rally; CU Reverend MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. standing at podium; h/a TLS funeral cortege for MLK Jr. Opening credits.
The Republicans are coming! Panning MS Governor of Michigan GEORGE W. ROMNEY passing crowd of young white female supporters dancing on street while campaigning in New Hampshire; MS George Romney dancing in circles w/ young white female supporter on street, white male press photographers taking pictures; MSs Governor Romney entering cafe, shaking hands with white female diners at lunch counter. MS politico RICHARD NIXON smiling, shaking hands, entering packed room; high angle TLS Richard M. Nixon shaking hands, talking w/ white woman in crowded room; MS Richard Milhaus Nixon speaking to reporters on campaign trail, wife PAT NIXON standing in BG: "They have failed in so many areas that we need a new team in Washington and the place to begin is in New Hampshire and in November we'll finish the job." MS Governor of New York NELSON ROCKEFELLER alighting plane, shaking hands w/ supporters; MS Nelson Rockefeller shaking hands on street while campaigning in New Hampshire.
The Democrats are coming! And one stranger from Alabama! Panning MSs U.S. Senator EUGENE MCCARTHY (D-MN) shaking hands w/ white men on street while campaigning in New Hampshire. MSs young white men & women (college students acting as McCarthy campaign workers) canvassing door to door in New Hampshire. TLS press conference, U.S. Senator ROBERT F. KENNEDY (D-NY) standing behind podium; MS Robert Kennedy (RFK, Robert Francis Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy) speaking: "I'm announcing today my candidacy for the Presidency of the United States." MS U.S. President LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON (LBJ, Lyndon Johnson) speaking to nation in televised address: "I shall not seek, and I will not accept the nomination of my party for another term as your President." MS/TLS U.S. Vice-President HUBERT H. HUMPHREY speaking: "I shall seek the nomination of the Democratic party--" MS Governor of Alabama GEORGE WALLACE announcing his third party candidacy: "So today I say to you that I am a candidate for President of the United States." TLS RFK campaign train passing camera; MSs Bobby Kennedy standing at caboose, watching passing scenery; traveling shots of happy pro-RFK crowds gathered along train tracks, whistlestops. Panning MS Robert F. Kennedy walking through crowd, holding & shaking hands w/ abundant supporters. TLS white & black (integrated) crowd of predominantly women standing, smiling, applauding.
LS picketers marching in Memphis, Tennessee, supporting 1300 striking African-American sanitation workers; MS Reverend MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. marching arm in arm with protesters; LS white police officers wearing gas masks, riot helmets & wielding billy clubs, keeping rabble in line on sidewalk; LS black people running along street, away from tear gas. CU Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking, delivering speech in Memphis, April 3, 1968 (excerpt of "Mountaintop" speech requires express written consent from the King estate in Atlanta): "I don't know what will happen now; we've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter w/ me now b/c I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life - longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the Promised Land." FO/FI TLS/MSs Memphis police officers investigating crime scene at Lorraine Motel following assassination of MLK, Jr., April 4, 1968. Nationwide riots following death of MLK: shaky (but good) panning TLS police squad car driving along city street, night; panning shot crowd passing broken shop windows, night; LS large fire burning from city bldg, nite; MS National Guardsmen carrying wounded man, night; panning MS broken windows, steel gate outside Bostonian store; traveling shots black youth hauling looted goods, day; LS/TLSs police officers wearing gas masks, firing tear gas, day. TLS U.S. Senator ROBERT F. KENNEDY (D-NY) speaking to crowd in Indianapolis, Indiana, following MLK assassination, Aug 4 1968: "For those of you who are black & are tempted to be filled w/ hatred & distrust..." MSs widow CORETTA SCOTT KING & bereaved King family viewing open casket of Martin Luther King Jr during wake. High angle LS mule-driven funeral procession of MLK through streets of Atlanta, GA, Apr 9, 1968; h/a TLS Robert Kennedy (RFK, Bobby Kennedy) marching in funeral parade, wife ETHEL KENNEDY (Ethel Skakel Kennedy) walking behind him; MS DWIGHT EISENHOWER (Ike, Dwight D. Eisenhower) and RICHARD NIXON (Tricky Dick, Richard M. Nixon) marching in funerary parade, basketball star WILT CHAMBERLAIN (it appears that Lola Falana walks to his right) marching behind them. LS/TLSs mule-drawn funeral cortege through streets of Washington, DC.
The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy-- TLS/MSs U.S. Senator ROBERT F. KENNEDY (D-NY) alighting American Airplanes airplane with wife ETHEL KENNEDY (Ethel Skakel Kennedy) while campaigning in Los Angeles, California, night; MS Bobby Kennedy shaking hands with people on tarmac; MSs Robert Kennedy shaking hands w/ abundant well-wishers at airport. TLSs Robert F. Kennedy standing in convertible car, shaking hands w/ large, supportive crowd. Rear view LS flock of African-American children chasing after RFK car in Watts, Los Angeles, California. TLS/MSs Robert Francis Kennedy speaking to crowd of supporters at Ambassador Hotel in L.A. after winning the California primary, wife ETHEL KENNEDY (Ethel Skakel Kennedy) standing behind him; also on stage are Kennedy press secretary FRANK MANKIEWICZ (standing behind Ethel, wearing glasses) and guest ROOSEVELT GRIER aka ROSEY GRIER (in back, popping head into frame), June 5th: "My high regards to Don Drysdale who pitched his 6th straight shutout tonight, and I hope we have his good fortune on our campaign." MS Robert & Ethel Kennedy cutting through crowd leaving stage; MSs chaos unfolding as RFK is shot, Bobby Kennedy laying on pantry floor; MSs young white women crying, holding heads in disbelief following assassination. MS RFK assassin SIRHAN SIRHAN being led by LAPD officers for press photos.
The funeral for Robert F. Kennedy -- Tilting LS St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, New York; TLS U.S. Senator EDWARD KENNEDY (D-MA) leading widow ETHEL KENNEDY (Ethel Skakel Kennedy) to pew; TLS EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER and children taking seat, R. SARGENT SHRIVER already seated; MS Edward Kennedy (Ted Kennedy, Teddy Kennedy) delivering eulogy: "--beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world." Panning TLS 13 pallbearers including Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, John Glenn, Averell Harriman, and Gen. Maxwell Taylor, carrying flag-draped casket & being led by Edward Kennedy & eldest RFK son, Joe Kennedy, from church and to awaiting hearse, U.S. Marine Corps band performing somber march.