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Cinema verite feature that follows presidential hopefuls John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin primary Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 
Robert Drew ... Himself
Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself
Joseph Julian ... Narrator (voice)

Jacqueline Kennedy ... Herself

John F. Kennedy ... Himself
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself
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Directed by
Robert Drew 
 
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Robert Drew 

Produced by
Robert Drew .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Richard Leacock 
Albert Maysles 
 
Sound Department
Robert Drew .... sound recordist
D.A. Pennebaker .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Leacock .... photographer
Albert Maysles .... photographer
Terrence McCartney Filgate .... photographer
D.A. Pennebaker .... photographer
 
Editorial Department
Robert Drew .... managing editor
Robert Farren .... assembly editor
Allen Hotchner .... on-line editor
 
Other crew
Richard Leacock .... sequence editor
Terrence McCartney Filgate .... sequence editor
D.A. Pennebaker .... sequence editor
 

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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1990.See more »
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Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Jacqueline Kennedy is singing along with supporters at a campaign rally, her lips are not in sync.See more »
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A whole other world, 19 July 2003
Author: rufasff

I would jump at the chance to see this one of kind look at American

Politics at the crossroads. Before the media age had turned political

campaigns into impersonal commercials, even the stars (in this case,

Kennedy and Humphrey) had to go out and press the flesh, hard.

While Kennedy is slicker and seems to have the more organized

machine behind him, he is still a saint of apprachability compared to

today's most folksie candidate. That's just how it was done before T.V.

had compleatly eaten us alive.

Some of the stuff with the affable, tireless Humphrey is

particuairly memorable. Speaking to a bunch of stone faced Wisconson

Farmers, his giddy style takes on a real comic poniency, he's like a

comic trying to loosen up Ed Gein.

Yet, you get from both candidates, yes, corny as it may sound,

they actually give a curse about the people they are talking to. If you

think that has all but vanished, as I do, you may find this film as

striking as I do. Some of the camera crew went on to "Don't Look Back"

and "Gimmie Shelter". 8 out of 10.

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