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Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (2004)

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A documentary on Senator John Kerry's Navy tour of duty in Vietnam, his contributions to the peace movement that followed, and the ultimate shape of his future political career.

Director:

George Butler

Writers:

Douglas Brinkley (book), Joseph Dorman

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Credited cast:
David Alston David Alston ... Self - Gunner's Mate, PCF-94, Vietnam Veteran
Dan Barbiero Dan Barbiero ... Self - Yale Roommate, Vietnam Veteran
Douglas Brinkley ... Self - Official Kerry Biographer
Harvey Bundy Harvey Bundy ... Self - Yale Roommate
Dick Cavett ... Self (archive footage)
Max Cleland ... Self - Former Democratic Senator (Georgia)
Bestor Cram ... Self - VVAW Anti-War Activist, Vietnam Veteran (as Bester Cram)
Walter Cronkite ... Self (archive footage)
Chris Gregory Chris Gregory ... Self - VVAW Anti-War Activist, Vietnam Veteran
Richard Holbrooke ... Self - Former US Ambassador to the UN
Lyndon B. Johnson ... Self (archive footage) (as Lyndon Johnson)
John F. Kennedy ... Self (archive footage)
Bob Kerrey ... Self - Former Democratic Senator (Nebraska) (as Sen. Bob Kerrey)
John Kerry ... Self (archive footage)
Joe Klein ... Self - Writer
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A documentary on Senator John Kerry's Navy tour of duty in Vietnam, his contributions to the peace movement that followed, and the ultimate shape of his future political career.

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Some men are changed by history, others make it.


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Rated PG-13 for disturbing images of war and some dialogue

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A real opportunity
10 October 2004 | by jerayne1021See all my reviews

Like many others, I was impressed by the quality of this film. The focus on the facts, interviews and archival footage brought a sense of truth and an immediacy that won't be easily forgotten. I was especially moved by the intimate photos of Kerry with family and friends that conclude the film, that are shown during the closing credits. He is obviously both a deep thinker with a subtle mind and a man of strong passions. My lasting impression is that we have a unique opportunity to elect a man who understands the workings and even (at times) the necessity of war, yet is reluctant to send people to fight unless it's absolutely necessary, due to his own unforgettable experiences. His maturity and feeling for others have my vote! I feel he will be best equipped to get us out of the "quagmire" of Iraq, as well as to bring his statesmanship to bear on any future situation in this increasingly complex world.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tour of Duty See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$279,219, 3 October 2004

Gross USA:

$614,138

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$614,138
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