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Medium Cool
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Director:
Writer:
Haskell Wexler (written by)
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Release Date:
1970 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
Beyond the age of innocence... into the age of awareness
Plot:
A TV news reporter finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Captures the time, place and feeling See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Robert Forster ... John Cassellis

Verna Bloom ... Eileen

Peter Bonerz ... Gus

Marianna Hill ... Ruth
Harold Blankenship ... Harold
Charles Geary ... Harold's Father
Sid McCoy ... Frank Baker
Christine Bergstrom ... Dede
William Sickingen ... News Director
Robert McAndrew ... Pennybaker
Marrian Walters ... Social Worker
Beverly Younger ... Rich Lady
Edward Croke ... Plain-clothesman
Doug Kimball ... Newscaster

Peter Boyle ... Gun Clinic Manager
Georgia Todda ... Secretary
Sandra Ann Roberts ... Blonde in Car
Janet Langhart ... Maid
Jeff Donaldson ... Black Militant
Bill Sharp ... Black Militant
Robert Paige ... Black Militant
Richard Abrams ... Black Militant
Walter Bradford ... Black Militant
Russell Davis ... Black Militant
Felton Perry ... Black Militant
Val Grey ... Black Militant
Livingston Lewis ... Black Militant
Barbara Jones ... Black Militant
John Jackson ... Black Militant
Linda Handelman ... Gun Clinic Lady
Maria Friedman ... Gun Clinic Lady
Kathryn Schubert ... Gun Clinic Lady
Barbara Brydenthal ... Gun Clinic Lady
Elizabeth Moisant ... Gun Clinic Lady
Rose Bormacher ... Gun Clinic Lady

China Lee ... Roller Derby Patron
Roger Phillips
Robert Blankenship
Jim Jacobs ... Kennedy Student (as James Jacobs)
Spence Jackson ... Kennedy Student
Dorien Suhr ... Kennedy Student
Kenneth Whitener ... Kennedy Student
Connie Fleischauer ... Kennedy Student
Mary Smith ... Kennedy Student
Nancy Lee Noble ... Kennedy Student (as Nancy Noble)
Simone Zorn ... Media Person
Madeleine Marcou ... Media Person
Mickey Pallas ... Media Person
Morris Bleckman ... Media Person
Lester Brownlee ... Media Person (as Lestre Brownlee)
Linn Ehrlich ... Media Person
Wally Wright ... Media Person
Sam Ventura ... Media Person
George Bouillet ... Media Person
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard J. Daley ... Himself (uncredited)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself - Giving Final Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sirri Murad ... Himself (uncredited)

Haskell Wexler ... Cameraman on Scaffold (uncredited)

Directed by
Haskell Wexler 
 
Writing credits
Haskell Wexler (written by)

Produced by
Michael Philip Butler .... associate producer
Tully Friedman .... producer
Steven North .... associate producer
Haskell Wexler .... producer
Jerrold Wexler .... producer
Jonathan Haze .... line producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Mike Bloomfield 
 
Cinematography by
Haskell Wexler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Verna Fields 
 
Art Direction by
Leon Ericksen  (as Leon Erickson)
 
Production Management
Jonathan Haze .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wendell Franklin .... assistant director
Erich von Stroheim Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Christopher Newman .... sound (as Chris Newman)
Kay Rose .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael D. Margulies .... camera operator (as Mike Margulies)
Tom Ryan .... gaffer
Ron Vargas .... camera assistant
Haskell Wexler .... camera operator
Andrew Davis .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Paul Golding .... editorial consultant
Marsha F. Griffin .... assistant editor (as Marsha Griffin)
 
Music Department
Mike Bloomfield .... music performer (as Michael Bloomfield)
Paul Butterfield .... music performer
Marcus Doubleday .... music performer
Bob Jones .... music performer
Noel Jukes .... music performer
John Kahn .... music performer
Ira Kamin .... music performer
Fred Olson .... music performer
Jerry Oshita .... music performer
 
Other crew
Jonathan Haze .... assistant to producer
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor
William Schwartz .... production assistant
James Talbot .... title designer
Studs Terkel .... our man in Chicago
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
111 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:R (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X | UK:15 (DVD) | USA:R (re-rating) (1970) | USA:X (1969)
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Trivia:
The main character was originally called "John Cassavetes" and was in fact going to be played by actor-director John Cassavetes. When he withdrew from the film due to a scheduling conflict, the character's name was changed to "John Cassellis" and Robert Forster was cast in the role.See more »
Quotes:
John Cassellis:Jesus I love to shoot film.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Refinements in Love (1971)See more »
Soundtrack:
Oh NoSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Captures the time, place and feeling, 23 May 2009
Author: Gethin Van Haanrath from Canada

Movies have a way of capturing the moment better than recreating it. I can only dread what a recreated 1968 in Chicago would look like from a Hollywood perspective. It would probably resemble something out of Forrest Gump. But Medium Cool happened to capture some brutal fight scenes with police in Chicago as well as scenes from the black ghettos. You can't recreate this stuff. This isn't a documentary but cinema verité and combines fiction and non-fictional elements. It's all shot with Chicago of 68 in the background. A landmark and infamous year for the US with the assassinations of RFK and MLK as well as the 1968 Democratic National Convention which was met with severe state repression. The state wasn't negotiating at this time, it was brutally sending men off to war and attacking those at home with the hired goons of the police force.

It's a great movie which manages to combine fiction and non-fiction and shows us what the sixties were really like. It wasn't all love beads and LSD, although there is an amusing psychedelic sequence which takes place in a club.

I think what I liked most was that even people who were non-political were being dragged into the politics of the time. Events were that serious at the time and people had to begin picking sides, the pleasant, white, middle-class interior of the Chicago DNC or outside fighting and raging against the police.

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