When he left the White House in 1989, Ronald Reagan was one of the most popular presidents of the century. A former Hollywood star and seemingly simple man, Reagan was consistently ... See full summary »
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... Himself - Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Baker III ... Himself
Helen Caldicott ... Herself
Robert Dallek ... Himself
Patti Davis ... Herself
Michael Deaver ... Himself
... Himself
Ed Meese ... Himself
... Himself
Lyn Nofziger ... Himself
Maureen Reagan ... Herself
... Herself
Ron Reagan ... Himself
... Himself (archive footage)
Donald Regan ... Himself
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When he left the White House in 1989, Ronald Reagan was one of the most popular presidents of the century. A former Hollywood star and seemingly simple man, Reagan was consistently underestimated by his opponents. One by one, he overcame them all. Incorporating interviews with key political insiders, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, and members of the Reagan family, "Reagan" explores the man who saw America as a "shining city on a hill" and himself as its heroic defender. The program follows Reagan's life from his itinerant boyhood in Illinois to his battle with "communist agitators" in the Screen Actors Guild and his dramatic 1980 victory over Jimmy Carter. Only 70 days into his presidency, a would-be assassin's bullet left him more debilitated than anyone knew. Reagan's massive military buildup and bold challenges to the Soviet Union caused his critics to portray him as a trigger-happy cowboy. But he negotiated deep cuts in nuclear weapons and resolved to end the Cold War. ... Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Best president of the 20th century?
27 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

First, I want to say that I liked the documentary, especially the summary of RRs early life and his rise to the top of the political heap. However, I wanted to address the comment about him being the greatest president of the 20th century - I think you forgot a few; both Roosevelts, Wilson and Truman are some I can name who are held in higher regard than Reagan. He went from being a right wing liberal to a conservative Republican, please explain that one. During both terms, he ran up our national debt and never submitted a balanced budget, not to mention the needless wars like the Falkland Islands and Granada. Oh, and let us not forget Iran Contra, cutting funding for school lunches and a few other things that helped his rich buddies get richer. He may have been popular but he did some stupid things and was senile by the time he left office. You also erroneously said that public TV is taxpayer funded, it is not. They depend on viewer and private contributions and yearly pledge drives.


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