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Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (2004)

A documentary on Senator John Kerry's Navy tour of duty in Vietnam, his contributions to the peace movement that followed, and the ultimate shape of his future political career.

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David Alston ...
Himself - Gunner's Mate, PCF-94, Vietnam Veteran
Dan Barbiero ...
Himself - Yale Roommate, Vietnam Veteran
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Himself - Official Kerry Biographer
Harvey Bundy ...
Himself - Yale Roommate
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Himself (archive footage)
Max Cleland ...
Himself - Former Democratic Senator (Georgia)
Bestor Cram ...
Himself - VVAW Anti-War Activist, Vietnam Veteran (as Bester Cram)
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Himself (archive footage)
Chris Gregory ...
Himself - VVAW Anti-War Activist, Vietnam Veteran
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Himself - Former US Ambassador to the UN
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Himself (archive footage)
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Himself (archive footage)
Bob Kerrey ...
Himself - Former Democratic Senator (Nebraska)
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Himself (archive footage)
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Himself - Writer
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A documentary on Senator John Kerry's Navy tour of duty in Vietnam, his contributions to the peace movement that followed, and the ultimate shape of his future political career.

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Some men are changed by history, others make it.


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Rated PG-13 for disturbing images of war and some dialogue
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1 October 2004 (USA)  »

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Tour of Duty  »

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$279,219 (USA) (1 October 2004)

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$613,252 (USA) (29 October 2004)
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A young man with high morals... But what is he about today?
29 October 2004 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Very good documentary about not only Kerry but also the Vietnam tensions going on at the time. A lot of wonderful footage/stills - even of the young Kerry. It's clear that he is indeed a very courageous man as well as a man of high morals. Too bad that he now, in the 2004 election, keeps talking about killing as if that was the only choice... I liked the young Kerry better. We get to hear and watch people who served with Kerry. Stories of everyday "life" for the troops in the river delta. Stories of bad judgment from the top command. Stories of atrocities. All this is shown with carefully selected archive footage to build up a sense of what the feelings must have been for the soldiers, as well as what the views were at home.


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