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ONE BRIGHT SHINING MOMENT: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern

A film by Stephen Vittoria

Narrated by Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman

125 minutes, color / b&w, 2005


Lively documentary about McGovern's disastrous run for the US presidency. The interviews with him are worth the price of admission.” - Christian Science Monitor

Essential viewing. A bittersweet, tremendously thought-provoking tribute to the one man who could have dramatically and permanently altered America's political landscape for the better. His was indeed One Bright Shining Moment, and this is One Bright Shining Documentary.” - Todd David Schwartz, CBS

George McGovern’s bold and grassroots presidential campaign of 1972 may have been the ultimate political defeat of the American Century, but also was perhaps its high watermark. Using a wealth of archival materials, interviews with prominent progressives like Gore Vidal, Gloria Steinem, Warren Beatty, Howard Zinn and featuring music from Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Donovan, and Elvis Costello, this portrait of an “honest, idealistic man driven by a sincere wish to help his country will make you weep for our current political state.” - IFC