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In his lifetime, Morse became a media pariah. In the quarter-century since his death, political reporters have rarely mentioned his name. But a vivid new documentary, premiering this fall, will allow viewers to see and hear for themselves. Produced by independent filmmakers Christopher Houser and Robert Millis, "The Last Angry Man" chronicles the extraordinary efforts and intrepid spirit of Wayne Morse. The one-hour movie includes stunning excerpts from speeches and interviews that convey the fortitude and courage of a senator who put principle above politics. -- Norman Solomon, Eugene Register-Guard, 09/19/99
Making a documentary about a man all but forgotten isn't much of a way to get noticed. Portland filmmakers Rob Millis and Chris Houser did it anyway. Maybe because they think Wayne Morse still has something to teach. "The Last Angry Man" tells the tale of the senator they say "didn't compromise, didn't apologize, didn't quit." -- Jonathan Nicholas, The Oregonian, 11/29/99
The Last Angry Man uses a terrific blend of archival footage and interviews with everyone from Ken Kesey and George McGovern to Bob Packwood and Mark Hatfield to look back on a true giant of Oregon's history... Morse stood alone against the lunacy of Vietnam when virtually no other politician-even those who agreed with him-had the guts. He foresaw the dangerous corporatization of America years before Ralph Nader and company picked up the scent. And unlike all too many of today's leaders-especially the man who finally defeated him: Bob Packwood-Morse was completely untouched by personal controversy. He didn't get a lot of buildings and parks named after him like Tom McCall or Mark Hatfield, but Morse is just as important to Oregon's history. And as the years go by, the angry battles he fought only seem more justified. -- Brian Libby, Willamette Week, 12/01/99
Both of us were born and raised in Oregon, yet we had never heard of Oregon's most controversial and courageous political leader until a short three years ago. At that point no buildings had been named after him, no monuments erected, and he was often only a footnote in college textbooks. It was clear to us that we had to bring Morse back into the public forum. After three years of work on this documentary, we have yet to uncover a single unethical act in all of Morse's life. It is a thrill for us to offer his legacy to the public in our documentary, and we hope it will inspire future leaders to follow in his stubborn, unfaltering, principled footsteps.
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