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Julian Bond ... Himself
Benjamin C. Bradlee

James Carville ... Himself

Hillary Clinton ... Herself (as Hillary Rodham Clinton)
Barry Cronkite ... Himself

Walter Cronkite ... Himself
Alfonse D'amato
John Dean ... Himself

Al Franken ... Himself

Barry Goldwater ... Himself (archive footage)
Joanne Goldwater
Michael Goldwater
Peggy Goldwater-Clay
Ted Kennedy ... Himself
Robert MacNeil

John McCain ... Himself

Sandra Day O'Connor ... Herself
Sally Quinn ... Herself

Andrew Rooney ... Himself

Bob Schieffer ... Himself

Helen Thomas ... Herself
Richard Viguerie ... Himself
John Warner ... Himself
George Will ... Himself

Directed by
Julie Anderson 
Produced by
Nancy Abraham .... supervising producer
Tani Cohen .... producer
C.C. Goldwater .... producer (as CC Goldwater)
Joseph Martin .... field producer: Washington D.C.
Sheila Nevins .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joseph Vitarelli 
Cinematography by
Tom Inskeep 
Film Editing by
Juliet Weber 
Sound Department
Leslie Bloome .... foley artist (as Leslie Bloom)
Neil Cedar .... supervising sound editor
Philippe Desloovere .... sound editor
Chris Foster .... foley editor
Chris Foster .... foley recordist
Ken Hahn .... sound re-recording mixer
Animation Department
Andreas Minas .... animation graphics
Editorial Department
Jim Hession .... assistant editor
Other crew
Judy Aley .... archivist
Amy Ferzoco .... production assistant
Joseph Martin .... location manager: Washington DC
Madison Cliff .... special thanks
Mark Czyzewski .... special thanks (as Markus Czyzewski)

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90 min


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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A fascinating portrait, 23 September 2006
Author: armstrt from United States

Admittably, I was fairly unaware of the importance of Barry Goldwater in US politics until viewing this film. As a left-leaning independent voter in my mid-30s, I am very interested in how the conservative movement has changed since the 1950's, and even more so since the 1970's.

The good and bad aspects of his public life are all on equal display here: his stance against desegregation, his friendship with rival JFK, the presidential campaign against Johnson, and the years following in the Senate. But what stood out to me was the balls the man displayed standing up to his own party on cultural issues. Goldwater's steadfast denial of the grasp of the ridiculous self-righteous Falwell and his ilk are a prime example of what is missing from today's conservative politicos. Other examples of how he felt conservatives should practice what they claim to preach (keeping government out of our lives) are his oppositions to limiting gay and abortion rights. Very few current GOP candidates would ever dare follow these leads, proving that Goldwater was quite possibly the last of his kind.

The man's personal life is also very well represented, lovingly presented by his granddaughter C.C., with many interviews with friends and family peppered throughout. Goldwater's love of photography, Native Americans and their culture, flying planes, and his family (even when separated by the call of public service) are all touched upon, a reminder that the men and women we may idolize or vilify for their public personas are all still human underneath it all.

This is all laid out in an easy-to-follow, well-documented fashion that leaves you knowing much more about the man than before, and possibly wishing to know more. I hope that there are more films in the future so clearly portraying the political figures of the recent past, so perhaps our future crop may learn from their follies and successes.

** I hope that future reviews of this fine documentary actually grade this film on the merits of the film, rather than the politics the man stood for. **

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