Going Upriver - The Long War of John Kerry
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Going Upriver - The Long War of John Kerry
Douglas Brinkley's best-selling novel Tour of Duty follows 2004 presidential hopeful John Kerry's years in Vietnam and goes on to illustrate his contribution to peace advocacy groups after being honorably discharged from the Navy. Both of these events, according to George Butler, Tour of Duty director and long-time friend of Senator Kerry, had a profound impact on the politician's personal ideologies, and provided the foundation for Kerry's career. Kerry, who hired Butler as his press secretary during his 1969 congressional campaign, agreed to be interviewed for the film. Tour… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"This should be revelatory to most people -- but most people will probably never see Mr. Butler's film, and certainly none of those who consider George W. Bush as next to God."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Filmgoers in the mood for one more go-round will be fascinated by this documentary by George Butler."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's too bad that Kerry's likely to lose the upcoming election, because this type of hagiography would be far better in the unlikely event that Mr. "Wartime" President is going to be defeated."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"It's only OK as a movie, but it's a fantastic political ad."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"It's not angry or loud; it hopes that the truth spoken at a moderate level is stronger than lies trumpeted on national television."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"One of the most moving things for me was seeing that some of the high-ranking politicians really did recognize that, hey, we need to meet with these young men and hear what they have to say and that footage is amazing stuff."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"It underscores, with ample footage from his rallying speeches and his 1971 testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, just how important it was for the antiwar movement to be represented by someone like Kerry."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"...even Kerry fans might be made wistful... Where has that young man gone? Whatever happened to him?"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Butler's film may do little to change the outcome of the election, but anyone who questions Kerry's convictions should see Going Upriver before casting their vote."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"A serious, often very moving portrait of the effect the Vietnam War had on the nation and particularly those who served in it."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Butler is on record as a close friend of Kerry's, but he's also a well-respected documentarian, who introduced Arnold Schwarzenegger to America in Pumping Iron and chronicled the heroism of Ernest Shackleton in The Endurance."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"compelling story without fancy gimmicks and trickery"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Going Upriver is lucky enough to have at its disposal a genuinely charismatic figure whose sense of his own citizenship is rigorous, questioning, and articulate."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"There's an innocence, a purity in intention ... that one rarely sees in a documentary."
‑ Anthony Del Valle, Las Vegas Mercury
"Butler's style is lot like Kerry's: analytic, deliberate, a bit plodding, but always with his eyes on the prize."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
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