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Showtime Looks at 1981 (1981)

TV Movie | Documentary

Showtime looks back at 1981 and examines the return of U.S. hostages in Iran, the Agent Orange controversy in Vietnam, the confirmation of Sandra Day O'Connor as a Supreme Court Justice, the hoax story that won a Pulitzer Prize, the ...See moreShowtime looks back at 1981 and examines the return of U.S. hostages in Iran, the Agent Orange controversy in Vietnam, the confirmation of Sandra Day O'Connor as a Supreme Court Justice, the hoax story that won a Pulitzer Prize, the assassination attempts on Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and Anwar Sadat. It also looks at the first launch of the space shuttle, the marriage of Charles and Diana, the theft of George Washington's teeth, the baseball and air traffic controllers strike, the hunger strike of Bobby Sands in Ireland, the Solidarity strike in Poland, Reagan's government and tax cuts, an embezzlement scheme at Wells Fargo, a lawsuit between Carol Burnett and the National Enquirer, the palimony suit against Billy Jean King, the rise of the Moral Majority, malathion spraying in California, the walkway collapse in Kansas, and the Atlanta child murders. Written by Shatterdaymorn See less
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Robert Klein
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Ronald Reagan
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John Cannon
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James Hopkins
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John Wood
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Steve Savis
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Ron Kovic
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Suzanne Hopkins
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Potter Stewart
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Sandra Day O'Connor
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Carolyn Gerster
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Strom Thurmond
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Donald Graham
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Jerry Parr
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Maureen Reagan
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John Hinckley
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Larry Speaks
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