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Primary (1960)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 1960 (USA)
Cinéma vérité feature that follows presidential hopefuls John F. Kennedy and Hubert H. Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin primary.

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Robert Drew

Writer:

Robert Drew
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Drew Robert Drew ... Himself
Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself
Muriel Buck Humphrey Muriel Buck Humphrey ... Herself
Joseph Julian Joseph Julian ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Jacqueline Kennedy ... Herself
John F. Kennedy ... Himself
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself
Joseph McBride ... Kennedy volunteer
Philleo Nash Philleo Nash ... Himself
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It's the tail end of winter in 1960. U.S. Senators Hubert Humphrey and John Kennedy seek the Democratic Party's nomination for President. Wisconsin's primary - one of the few direct primaries at the time - is on April 5. We see both candidates on the road; it's retail politics, shaking hands, signing autographs, smiling. We hear part of a standard stump speech from Kennedy; we watch Humphrey talk to farmers in a rural hall. Kennedy is favored. We see his wife, his brother Robert briefly, and on election night his sisters Pat and Eunice. Jacqueline speaks a few words of Polish at a Milwaukee rally. The returns come in; it's on to Indiana and West Virginia. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Primárias See more »

Filming Locations:

Wisconsin, USA

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Drew Associates, Time See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Pierre Salinger is seen first 8 minutes in, at Kennedy headquarters speaking on the telephone about "moratorium on small nuclear arms testing." He worked on Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign, becoming a leading figure in his campaign. When later John Kennedy was elected President, Mr. Salinger was appointed as his press secretary and, as such, was known for his wit, enthusiasm and considerable disdain for detail. Pierre Salinger also served as Lyndon Johnson's press secretary, and as a campaign manager for John's surviving brother, Robert Kennedy's 1968 presidential run, during which he was assassinated. See more »

Goofs

When Jacqueline Kennedy is singing along with supporters at a campaign rally, her lips are not in sync. See more »

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Featured in Sinatra: All or Nothing at All: Part 2 (2015) See more »

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Historically Important and Entertaining
21 November 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Primary (1960)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Historically important documentary covers the 1960 Wisconsin primary featuring Hubert Humphrey going up against John F. Kennedy. Considering what would happen over the next three years, watching this film today is pretty remarkable because you can easily see why Kennedy would eventually become president. Just watching the two candidates work just shows an old school and new school and it's not hard to see why Kennedy would eventually get in the office. It's pretty interesting watching this today because of the fact that Kennedy would be assassinated three years after all of this was shot. It's hard not to see Kennedy and that smile of his and not feel sad because no one could have known what was to follow. Director Robert Drew does a very good job at really being fair to both men as I think the documentary shows both of them in a very good and positive light. I really liked the way the film was shot as the camera is more often than not right up on the men, the people meeting them and this look really makes you feel as if you're right there by these people. There's no question that the visual style of this film would have a major impact on future films including Bob Dylan's DON'T LOOK BACK. Running just under a hour, the film manages to be highly entertaining from start to finish but even more so because we know what the final result was.


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