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...So Goes the Nation -- A look at the role of the Buckeye State in the 2004 Presidential Election.


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William Bacon ... Himself
James Baker III ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Beckwith ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Begala ... Himself

Osama bin Laden ... Himself (archive footage)
Ken Blackwell ... Himself (archive footage)

Wolf Blitzer ... Himself (archive footage)
John Boehner ... Himself

Steve Buscemi ... Himself

George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)

George W. Bush ... Himself

Laura Bush ... Herself (archive footage)
Mary Beth Cahill ... Herself
Steve Chabot ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Max Cleland ... Himself (archive footage)

Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)

Katie Couric ... Herself (archive footage)
Tad Devine ... Himself

Matt Dillon ... Himself
Matthew John Dowd ... Himself (as Matthew Dowd)

Michael Dukakis ... Himself (archive footage)
Corey Ealons ... Himself

John Edwards ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Elder ... Himself (archive footage)
George Elliott ... Himself (archive footage)
Ashley Faulkner ... Herself (archive footage)

Gerald Ford ... Himself (archive footage)

Brendan Fraser ... Himself
Al French ... Himself (archive footage)

Willie Garson ... Himself
Miles Gerety ... Himself
Leslie Ghiz ... Herself
Ed Gillespie ... Himself
Paul Gillmor ... Himself (archive footage)

Rudy Giuliani ... Himself (archive footage) (as Rudolph W. Giuliani)

Al Gore ... Himself (archive footage)
Darlene Hawkins ... Herself
Larry Hawkins ... Himself
Teresa Heinz Kerry ... Herself (archive footage)

Paris Hilton ... Herself (archive footage)
Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself (archive footage)
Evan Hutchison ... Himself
Dave Kaylor ... Himself (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

Ted Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

John Kerry ... Himself

Larry King ... Himself (archive footage)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Eric J. Little ... Himself (as Eric Little)

Chad Lowe ... Himself
Terry McAuliffe ... Himself
Mark McKinnon ... Himself
Aaron McLear ... Himself
Doyle McManus ... Himself (archive footage)
Ken Mehlman ... Himself
Zell Miller ... Himself (archive footage)

Michael Moore ... Himself (archive footage)
Gavin Newsom ... Himself (archive footage)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
John O'Neill ... Himself (archive footage)

Barack Obama ... Himself (archive footage)

Joe Pantoliano ... Himself
George Pataki ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Ponder ... Himself (archive footage)

Colin Powell ... Himself (archive footage)
Linda Prince ... Herself (archive footage)
Deborah Pryce ... Herself (archive footage)
Carl Quintanilla ... Himself (archive footage)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Ridge ... Himself (archive footage)

Mitt Romney ... Himself (archive footage)
Karl Rove ... Himself (archive footage)

Donald Rumsfeld ... Himself (archive footage)
Jeff Rusnak ... Himself

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Himself (archive footage)
Georges Sorros ... Himself (archive footage)

Bruce Springsteen ... Himself (archive footage)

Fisher Stevens ... Himself

Hilary Swank ... Herself
George Tenet ... Himself (archive footage)
Larry Thurlow ... Himself (archive footage)
Pat Tiberi ... Himself (archive footage)

J.D. Walsh ... Himself - Kerry Campaign Volunteer
Shelton White ... Himself (archive footage)

Daphne Zuniga ... Herself

Directed by
Adam Del Deo 
James D. Stern 
Produced by
John Chandler .... associate producer
Christopher C. Chen .... co-producer
Adam Del Deo .... producer
Jun Diaz .... executive producer
Garrick Dion .... field producer: Columbus
Douglas Hansen .... executive producer
Don Kempf .... executive producer
Alex LaGory .... associate producer
Evan Leong .... field producer
Laurel Meyer .... field producer
Laura Mueller .... field producer
Eleanor Nett .... field producer
Lucas P. Smith .... field producer
James D. Stern .... producer
Reginald Williams .... field producer
Original Music by
Jane Antonia Cornish 
Cinematography by
John P. Tarver 
David Thies 
Film Editing by
Jeff Groth 
Jeffrey M. Werner 
Makeup Department
Ann Stark Brough .... makeup artist (as Ann Stark Hundley)
Production Management
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Greg Brazille .... sound
Mitch Dorf .... re-recording mixer
Sandy Gendler .... dialogue mixer
Susie Harshman .... POP sound
Doug McLaughlin .... sound
Jason Quinn .... sound
Rob Shire .... sound
Tom Staton .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Jorge Castillo-Trentin .... camera operator
Tim Courlas .... camera operator
Paul Dougherty .... camera operator
Brian Frania .... camera operator
Sean Healy .... camera operator
Kevin Jones .... camera operator
David Karabinas .... camera operator
Don Lee .... camera operator
Julio Luzquinos .... camera operator
Dominic Orlando .... camera operator
Carl Palmer .... camera operator
Donnie Schaman .... camera operator
Wayne Sells .... camera operator
John P. Tarver .... camera operator
Dennis P. Thomas .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Amy Khoshbin .... assistant editor
Ray Miller .... on-line editor
Jared P. Morell .... post-production coordinator
Christopher Petrus .... assistant editor (as Chris Petrus)
Music Department
Alex Cornish .... composer: additional music
Jamie Luker .... scoring engineer
Malcolm Luker .... scoring mixer
Mary Ramos .... music supervisor
Kasey Truman .... music coordinator
Other crew
Cassandra Barbour .... clearance
Paul Brennan .... production legal
Katie Connor .... logger
Anna Cordova .... FilmLook producer
Kurt Dalton .... chief researcher
David Fuhrer .... Production Central
Tracey Grimes .... account executive: Technicolor
Kimberly Jaime .... production legal
Allen Kelly .... FilmLook producer
Alex Lorant .... logger
Melissa Lyon .... logger (as Melissa Low)
Eddie Michaels .... publicist
Diane Mullet .... misc crew (as Dem Mullet)
Bryan Okamoto .... assistant: Adam Del Deo
Zachary Rosenfield .... publicist
Fred Taulbee .... logger
Fred Taulbee .... transcriber
Matt Van Gelder .... logger
Matthew Scott Weiner .... logger
Cindy Wilkinson Kirven .... executive: Endgame
Robert C. Yu .... acquisitions executive

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
worth watching, but should have been longer/had better research, 4 December 2007
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

A documentary covering the 2004 election, and particularly focusing on the swing state Ohio, is probably something close to essential viewing for those who want to see the inner-workings of election-year politics on both sides and to see what makes both sides work and not work, sometimes at the same time or not at all. But the problem with So Goes the Nation is that it doesn't go far enough, it doesn't dig into items that are of crucial importance to understanding why 2004 was such a MAJOR misstep in one of the US's most important elections.

So much has been written and discussed about the scandal with the Diebold machines- those little voting machines that, by way of the man who supplied them (I forget the name, but the man basically promised to deliver Ohio to the republicans)- as well as Ken Blackwell, that it's given practically no notice at all. In the scant 90 minute running time the filmmakers dig into the nuts and bolts of why so many people ended up voting for Bush over Kerry, or why Kerry didn't get the kind of support he could've gotten. But there's so much corruption, as with Florida in 2000 (if not, at the time, as noticeable as what happened there, arguably), that leaving it out negates the fact that, despite whatever the republicans might get right in manipulating the right voters their way, also lie, cheat, steal, and disenfranchise voters (particularly minorities) where it suits them best.

But I digress; So Goes the Nation does work, at least, in its 90 minutes, on the terms of live-and-learn storytelling, and as a form of quasi-political analysis. It's actually a documentary republicans might like even more than the democrats (aside from the fact, of course, that Bush got the presidency for a second term, albeit the results afterward), as it clarifies the strengths that the republicans end up having if a) given the right opponent like Kerry, particularly for someone like Karl Rove, and b) the power to bring out the base of supporters in record numbers by playing up the fear angle. It goes without saying that the Kerry campaign, and Kerry perhaps, made mistakes along the way. But it's fascinating (and, for a democrat like myself, more than a little disillusioning) to see how emotional response in the voter, catch-phrases hold on more than things like, say, policy. We hear more than couple of times people comment on Bush's strategy, which was to try and obfuscate the fact that they were an administration that, domestically, was for the elite, and had a policy of continuous war overseas, and paint Bush as an everyman on the ranch. Everything starts with "yeah, he's this or that" and ends with "but..." when referring to a man who, as time has shown even to many republicans, is an emperor with no clothes.

But once again, I digress- this is the kind of response that So Goes the Nation might provoke out of the thinking viewer, on either side of the fence, about what it means to look at the past (RFK, Reagan, Bush 1 and Clinton all played the same politics games as these two and, in a way, were maybe better at it overall) when looking at the present. And as far as making it multi-faceted, the filmmakers do get some good footage and interviews with those who canvassed and led the charge in Ohio on each side to try and garner the votes for the candidates. There's a sense of frenzy that is captured, up to a point- albeit not showing nearly enough the number of lines and the full-blown reality (save for a startling mention of Dick Tracy/Mary Poppins voters registered all over the state)- that reminds one how it's not simply the politicians and campaigners that need to learn a thing or two about what to do, or what works, or what should be tried or utilized with the overwhelming power of the media, but about the democratic process itself.

The title itself suggests a duality- so goes the nation in general, a 'so-it-goes' thing, or so goes the nation with a question mark? Not at all a very good or complete look at one of the most warped dramas played out in American political history in recent memory, but it is a good film to show in the likes of schools or to perplexed protesters.

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