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One bright shining moment the forgotten summer of George McGovern
Publication Information:
New York, NY : First Run Features, c2005.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (125 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details:
Target Audience:
Not rated.
General Note:
Originally produced as an American documentary in 2004.

Special features: Vietnam storyteller [featurette] (8 min.); Interview with Amy Goodman [featurette] (10 min.); Deleted scenes (10 min.); Theatrical trailer (3 min.); Trailer gallery (11 min.).
Winner, Best Documentary, Sarasota Film Festival.
War -- Chaos -- Darkness -- Lies -- Treachery -- Tragedy -- Hawks & doves -- Change -- Live (1922-1968) -- Passion -- Joy -- Heaven -- Hell -- No.
This documentary retraces George McGovern's bold presidential campaign of 1972 - a grassroots campaign that fought for peace and justice, and positioned ideas and people first. However, what is remembered today as being the ultimate political defeat of the American Century may also have been its high watermark. The film poses this central question: what does the crushing electoral defeat of a man so well respected for his decency and intellect say about the electoral process, the American government, and more importantly, what does it say about the forces at work on the American people---then and now?


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Media JK526 1972 .O54 2005 1

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In the spring and summer of 1972, George McGovern, a Democratic senator from South Dakota, achieved the seemingly impossible. Backed by a motley collection of Prairie populists, old-school liberals, and young people disenchanted with the war in Vietnam, McGovern overwhelmed longtime party favorites such as Hubert Humphrey and Edmund Muskie to win the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States. However, McGovern's triumph proved to be short-lived; after his initial running mate, Thomas Eagleton, was revealed to have a history of mental illness, the McGovern campaign went into a tailspin from which it would never recover, with the incumbent Richard Nixon winning the 1972 election by a landslide. However, McGovern's campaign is still remembered by many as one of the last examples of a candidate truly triumphing through the will of the people rather than working the party political machine, and given the scandalous downfall of Nixon following his re-election, many have wondered what America would be like today if McGovern, once described by Robert F. Kennedy as "the most decent man in the Senate," had won. One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern is a documentary which looks back at the McGovern campaign and explores what went right, what went wrong, and what was McGovern's true legacy. The film includes interviews with Howard Zinn, Gloria Steinem, Gary Hart, Frank Mankiewicz, Warren Beatty, Gore Vidal, Ron Kovic, and McGovern himself. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi