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Let's Get Frank (2003)

Unrated | | Documentary | TV Movie 27 March 2003
When Clinton's decided heterosexuality was placed under fire during the Starr Investigation and ensuing impeachment hearings, gay people strongly identified with the President's discomfort ... See full summary »

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When Clinton's decided heterosexuality was placed under fire during the Starr Investigation and ensuing impeachment hearings, gay people strongly identified with the President's discomfort and outrage. Today, public ambitions inspire (or even require) lying, covering up, and shading personal truths for survival. Barney Frank - the first openly gay politician on Capitol Hill - understands a thing or two about survival on Capitol Hill. After overcoming his own sex scandal in the early 90's, Frank emerged as one of Clinton's most eloquent and sympathetic defenders during the impeachment hearings. Well-loved for his political wit, Barney Frank has emerged as one of the most popular Congressmen in the United States. Via interviews, news clippings, and exclusive footage shot during the Clinton impeachment hearings, "Let's Get Frank" is an intelligent and humorous look not only at life upon Capitol Hill, but also the dynamics of political scandal. Written by Anonymous

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Lively, Provocative, Hilarious Documentary
11 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Seeing this film screened before a hip, youthful audience was a real treat. The occasion was the 29th Cleveland International Film Festival, and a joy it was to revel in the audience's pleasure.

Bart Everly's direction was on-target, but it was Film Editor David Dawkins that's to be lauded for his sharp, no-nonsense work. Here's a documentary that really moves, catching a breathtaking amount of footage on Congressman Barney Frank (D. Mass.) as he pursues the '98 Clinton impeachment proceedings.

What emerges is an uncommonly lively, fun filled series of shots of Frank and other members of bipartisan committee members debating, discussing, wrangling what amounts to a "wrestling match," as Frank calls it. Lots of kicks, punches and throws, but not a lot of meaningful results.

Here's a chance to see your vote and tax dollars at work. Here are your reps in action. And if it's not exactly what you had in mind as you cast your ballot, well, vote for somebody else next time.

The Festival audience lapped up every word, often bursting into loud belly laughs, sometimes applauding--no passive viewers here. And Yours Truly was right in there, chuckling and howling. When have I seen a documentary that held the audience in such rapt attention?

"Let's Get Frank" is worth going out of your way to find, though its showings may be limited. Anyway--good luck.


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