Reagan (2011)

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Reagan examines the enigmatic career of one of the revered architects of the modern world - icon, screen star, and two-term president Ronald Reagan.



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Himself - Reagan historian
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Himself - Boston University
James Baker III ...
Himself - Reagan Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Treasury
Glenn Beck ...
Himself (archive footage)
Alvah Bessie ...
Himself (archive footage)
Herbert J. Biberman ...
Himself (archive footage)
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John Boehner ...
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Leonid Brezhnev ...
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Pat Buchanan ...
Himself - Reagan Communications Director


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7 June 2015 | by (Carlsbad CA) – See all my reviews

I watched this on Link TV, a liberal cable channel specializing in those such as Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn, so I expected it to be scathing. It certainly stripped away many illusions, but while strongly critical the results of trickle down, and the limits of his grasp of complexity of issues; it defined his positions fairly.

He did evolve from a New Deal Democrat, leading his Actors Union against management, but also was viscerally opposed to global Marxism, and the social revolution of the 1960s.

The insights of Morris, his official biographer for almost a decade, along with Cannon who wrote several biographies including when he was Governor, provide special scholarly insight.

The current Republican conservatives forget that he pass what was an actual amnesty for illegal-undocumented immigrants, and actually increased both government spending and deficits.

It could be that his hawkish policies early on allowed him more latitude to connect with someone eager to wind down the cold war, Michel Gorbechev. History doesn't allow for controlled experiments so we can't re-run events with a different leader at the helm.

I commend this documentary for those who lived through the era, but events have become hazy.

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