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

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki
Stars: Eugene Jarecki, Michelle Alexander, Mark W. Bennett
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A film about the war crimes of the American diplomat, Henry Kissinger.

Director: Eugene Jarecki
Stars: Brian Cox, Henry Kissinger, Anna Chennault
Why We Fight (2005)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Director: Eugene Jarecki
Stars: Gore Vidal, John McCain, Ken Adelman
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap.

Director: Jacob Kornbluth
Stars: Robert Reich, Lily Tomlin, Candice Bergen
Reagan I
Biography | Drama

A drama based on the life of Ronald Reagan, from his childhood to his time in the oval office.

Director: Sean McNamara
Stars: Jon Voight, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Robert Davi
Denial IV (2016)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Every day our changing climate pushes us closer to an environmental catastrophe, but for most the problem is easy to ignore. David Hallquist, a Vermont utility executive, has made it his ... See full summary »

Directors: Derek Hallquist, Anoosh Tertzakian
Stars: Mike Ahmadi, Christine David Hallquist, Derek Hallquist
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An in-depth look at one of the most influential and popular political figures, the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. From his early career, the assassination attempt, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Kline
Documentary | History | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley.

Directors: Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville
Stars: Gore Vidal, William F. Buckley, Dick Cavett
Freakonomics (2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, and 4 more credits »
Stars: James Ransone, Tempestt Bledsoe, Morgan Spurlock
THX 1138 (1971)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Set in the 25th century, the story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society.

Director: George Lucas
Stars: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A filmmaker's dream, Blue Lives Matter will be one of the only movies ever to be filmed entirely in one shot ...A police officer, a prosecutor, a judge, and a forensic scientist conspire to... See full summary »

Director: Dylan Bank
Stars: Yancy Butler, Justin Deas, Colleen Zenk
The Opponent (2000)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Patty is a woman involved in an abusive relationship who decides to take boxing lessons to better protect herself when her boyfriend becomes violent. While practicing at a health club, ... See full summary »

Director: Eugene Jarecki
Stars: Erika Eleniak, James Colby, Aunjanue Ellis
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
Spiro Agnew ...
Himself (archive footage)
Martin Anderson ...
Himself - Reagan historian
...
Herself (archive footage)
...
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)
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
John Boehner ...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself - Reagan Communications Director
Edit

Storyline

Ronald Reagan as a man, as compared to his legacy, is rich territory for exploration, and a line from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is just one of the many things that springs to mind after viewing filmmaker Eugene Jarecki's latest opus, Reagan (Jarecki's Why We Fight won the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize: Documentary). Speaking at his funeral, Mark Antony said of Caesar, "The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones." With a firm grasp of Reagan's story, Jarecki avoids the predictable and takes the long view on Reagan's life and influence, while staying centered on him as a man of deep contradiction; an American whose patriotism paradoxically led him to impeachable acts, a liberal Democrat who came to define the modern conservative movement. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

23 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ronald Reagan  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Rich and historical behind the scenes look at the life of a political legend. Love him or hate him Ronald was a cultural icon.
10 February 2011 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

To mark the 100th birthday of President Reagan HBO just recently showed a doc titled "Reagan" and I must say director Eugene Jarecki made the film rich and moving with footage from the entire life of Ronald both personal and political. The film chronicles from his 1911 birth till his 2004 death from Alzheimer's. Interesting is seeing behind the scenes footage from his early days as an actor, and plenty of important footage from his two terms as the 40th U.S. president is shown.

This doc is very educational as many may not know that Reagan as an actor was the SAG president and later a spokesperson for GE and this was a turning point for his politics from liberal democrat to conservative republican. As Ronald saw at GE how company profits worked making him pro business with trickled down economics and with Hollywood's liberal support of communism he broke away from that crowd becoming very anti communist and more of a war hawk.

After then you see how his good looks, and success of being a well known actor and speaking voice and charisma lead him to becoming California's governor he clearly was a man with the will power and spunk to accomplish he had all the makings of a strong leader. Which would later propel him into the presidency.

So in 1980 he crushed and beat Jimmy Carter by a landslide in the election it certainly was a new era in politics. Especially with the religious right shaping him, America, and the republican party with moral values. Clearly he was a man who cared about people.

During the doc you aside from the clips and footage you hear from historians, staff members, journalists, and biographers and family members who tell what an influence that second wife Nancy was on his presidency and life. And many point out Ronald's negatives like economists and international advisers mention Reagan's blunders of massive tax cuts which grew deficits during the 80's with high unemployment and telling was the Iran contra scandal which almost rocked his second term. So Ronnie wasn't a perfect man as he during his second term also ignored the AIDS crisis and fought hard against labor unions.

Love him or hate him Ronald Reagan will go down as a memorable icon both culturally and politically a leader who had a lasting impact. He was a man of many faces salesman,actor, politician, leader, religious man and controversial yet thru it all his legacy shines and last in the sunset sea to shining sea.


7 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page