All the Way

Docudrama | English | 132 minutes

Info

After the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson becomes President  of the United States. With the assistance of his wife Lady Bird, and the influence of Martin Luther King Jr., Johnson is fiercely determined to pass the Civil Rights Act before the next election. Southern Democrats like Richard Russell of Georgia attempt to add amendments to weaken the Act.  Johnson overcomes a filibuster and the Act is passed.  In the 1964 presidential election, despite losing the support of the Southern states, Johnson beats Goldwater in a landslide. Johnson’s major failure, the one that literally broke his heart, was Vietnam.

Cast
Bryan Cranston (President Lyndon B. Johnson) / Anthony Mackie (Martin Luther King Jr. / Melissa Leo (Lady Bird Johnson) / Frank Langella  (Senator Richard Russell)
Why Stream This Film?
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the  ultimate achievement of President’s Johnson presidency. It took someone like President Johnson to get the Act enacted into law. As a Southerner he knew how to twist arms of the Dixiecrat senators; as an adroit politician, he overcame the filibuster; and he had the courage to plow ahead even after the Southern senators threatened to depart the Democratic party.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 88%
  • Metacritic Score: 78
Accolades
  • Emmy Award Nominations:  Outstanding Lead Actor, Series (Bryan Cranston); Outstanding Supporting Actress Series (Melissa Leo); Outstanding Director, Series (Jay Roach)
  • Screen Actors Guild Award: Winner, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor, Series (Bryan Cranston)
What do you say we take up a collection and send every one of those clowns in Congress to ALL THE WAY, a jaw-dropping political drama about President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Herculean efforts (and pyrrhic sacrifices) to get the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed.
Marilyn Stasio

VARIETY

ALL THE WAY never drags. Bryan Cranston should clear some more mantle space for a future Emmy and Golden Globe to sit next to the Tony he won for this role.
Brian Tallerico

RogerEbert.com

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