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Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry is an extraordinary inside look at Character and moral leadership during a time of national crisis. Loosely based on Douglas Brinkley's best-selling book Tour Of Duty, this incredibly intimate film delves into the life of John Kerry and focuses on the key events that made him a national figure and the man he is today. The film places particular emphasis on his bravery during the Vietnam War and his courageous opposition to the war upon his return.
Acclaimed director George Butler (Pumping Iron, The Endurance: Schackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition) has known Senator Kerry since 1964 and in 1969 began photographing him, in an effort to document his life and career. Using his unique collection of images, the film weaves together Butler's photography with archival material, interviews with Kerry's closest associates as well as contemporary footage of him at home and abroad. More than a biography of John Kerry, Going Upriver is the story of an American generation that came of age in the tumultuous '60s and that has now come to national leadership at the beginning of a new century - when issues of war and morality once again hold center stage.
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Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry begins by juxtaposing beautiful images of Vietnam with horrific images of the Vietnam War. But though its depiction of the war is vivid--and the accounts of 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry's heroism, told by the men who served with him, are plain and free of hyperbole--it's his actions after he came back to the U.S. that stand out in this documentary. Kerry's involvement with Vietnam Veterans Against the War, for whom he became an inadvertent but eloquent spokesperson, required as much courage as facing the Viet Cong. Going Upriver gives a clear sense of the emotional and social pressures of the anti-war protests, where speaking one's mind became as powerful as firing a gun. Going Upriver's emphasis on post-war activity makes it an excellent complement to the documentary Brothers in Arms, which focuses on Kerry's swift-boat experiences in Vietnam. Though Going Upriver suffers from some soundbites that seem too tailor-made for Kerry's presidential campaign, it doesn't make other veterans feel like political props, as Brothers in Arms started to do towards the end. --Bret Fetzer
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Book Description PALISADES PICTURES, NY, 2004. DVD. Condition: VG. 88 MINUTES. Seller Inventory # 047344