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In the spirit of such hit films as Primary Colors and The War Room, SEE HOW THEY RUN is the ultimate insider s look at campaign politics. In 1999, celebrity Mayor Willie Brown ruled San Francisco and appeared to be a shoo-in for re-election to a second te
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See How They Run, a cunning documentary, captured an unusual mayoral campaign that turned expectations upside down. In 1999, San Francisco's colorful and boisterous Mayor Willie Brown ran for re-election against 12 candidates, but the election took a sudden turn when a new candidate--a city supervisor and gay stand-up comic named Tom Ammiano--ran a hugely popular write-in campaign. Absurdities abound: One of Brown's greatest weaknesses was the overwhelming prosperity that had come to San Francisco under his tenure, because it had radically driven up rents; because Ammiano was even more left-wing, the liberal Brown suddenly found himself teaming up with Republicans to build a winning coalition of votes. See How They Run skillfully takes full advantage of San Francisco's unique political perspectives and eccentric personalities, making this race fascinating and genuinely exciting. --Bret Fetzer
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