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One Bright Shining Moment (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 16 September 2005 (USA)
ONE BRIGHT SHINING MOMENT retraces George McGovern's bold presidential campaign of 1972 - a grassroots campaign that fought for peace and justice, and positioned ideas and people first. But... See full summary »


Stephen Vittoria

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Credited cast:
James Abourezk James Abourezk ... Himself
Warren Beatty ... Himself
Chip Berlet Chip Berlet ... Himself
Jim Bouton Jim Bouton ... Himself
Malcolm Boyd Malcolm Boyd ... Himself (as Reverend Malcolm Boyd)
Andrea Fields Andrea Fields ... Voiceover Narration
Amy Goodman Amy Goodman ... Narrator
Dick Gregory ... Himself
Gary Hart ... Himself
Thomas J. Knock Thomas J. Knock ... Himself
Harvey Kornberg Harvey Kornberg ... Himself
Ron Kovic ... Himself
Frank Mankiewicz ... Himself
George McGovern ... Himself
Rick Stearns Rick Stearns ... Himself


ONE BRIGHT SHINING MOMENT retraces George McGovern's bold presidential campaign of 1972 - a grassroots campaign that fought for peace and justice, and positioned ideas and people first. But what is remembered today as being the ultimate political defeat of the American Century may also have been its high watermark. The film poses this central question: what does the crushing electoral defeat of a man so well respected for his decency and intellect say about the electoral process, the American government, and more importantly, what does it say about the forces at work on the American people- then and now? Featuring interviews with the candidate himself, supporters and activists like Gore Vidal, Gloria Steinem, Warren Beatty, Howard Zinn, and music from Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Donovan, and Elvis Costello. Written by Anonymous

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For once in American politics, sunshine and light beat shadows and fog.




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Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA) See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,876, 18 September 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,504, 4 December 2005
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A recommendation for everyone
27 April 2006 | by esorensen-2See all my reviews

"One Bright Shining Moment" is the kick in the butt reality of what this country is, and what we should all inspire to become. Beginning with problems with the Vietnam war, George McGovern is a man who truly would have altered history as we know it. Or has he? Stephen Vittoria tells the remarkable tale of a man who, even in his eighties, could run rings around the present day administration. With great narrative by Amy Goodman and unmistakable interviews with Gore Vidal and Warren Beatty, being "progressive" takes on the dictionary's true definition.

For example, progressive means moving forward and advancing. Proceeding in steps and continuing steadily by increments, or promoting and favoring progress toward better conditions or new policies, ideas, and methods.

It is my opinion that this film is a mentor of hope and should be passed along to EVERY young person in this once great land of ours! I only wish my history class was this enjoyable.

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