One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern
One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern (2005)

In the spring and summer of 1972, George McGovern, a Democratic senator from South Dakota, achieved the seemingly impossible. Backed by a motley collection of Prairie populists, old-school liberals, and young people disenchanted with the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 16, 2005
DVD Release Date: April 18, 2006
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

... largely succeeds.

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Andrew O'Hehir

It's a deeply flawed film but also an important one; if it does nothing else it should bring this decent and courageous prairie populist, whose very name has become a patently unfair term of abuse, before at least a few members of a new generation.

Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

An effort to secure former Sen. George McGovern's place in history, and it does a pretty good job.

Steven Mikulan
L.A. Weekly

[A] surprisingly thorough film.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Parallels to the current day are plain to see, so Vittoria's insistence on juxtaposing images of contemporary politicians and an angry narration only undercut the power of his otherwise absorbing presentation.

Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Just too hagiographic to engage anyone but the most nostalgic follower of the 1972 campaign.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film builds a strong argument in favor of his quixotic idealism and the compassionate optimism that propels him against seemingly invincible social ills even today at age 83.

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Ned Martel
New York Times

A wan but well-researched apotheosis of the former senator from South Dakota.

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Joshua Tanzer

This is an excellent time to remind ourselves of this story. Another McGovern would have been a good thing to have the last five years.

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I would not have automatically guessed it, but this is not what you would call an objective documentary. Of course I did guess pretty quickly that objectivity… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Narrated by Amy Goodman, "One Bright Shining Moment" is a documentary about former United States Senator and 1972 Democratic… More