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One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern Details


In the spring and summer of 1972, [[Performer~P228564~George McGovern~georgemcgovern]], 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 war in Vietnam, [[Performer~P228564~McGovern~georgemcgovern]] overwhelmed longtime party favorites such as [[Performer~P123598~Hubert Humphrey~huberthumphrey]] and [[Performer~P291426~Edmund Muskie~edmundmuskie]] to win the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States. However, [[Performer~P228564~McGovern~georgemcgovern]]'s triumph proved to be short-lived; after his initial running mate, Thomas Eagleton, was revealed to have a history of mental illness, the [[Performer~P228564~McGovern~georgemcgovern]] campaign went into a tailspin from which it would never recover, with the incumbent [[Performer~P52812~Richard Nixon~richardmnixon]] winning the 1972 election by a landslide. However, [[Performer~P228564~McGovern~georgemcgovern]]'s campaign is still remembered by many as one of the last examples of a candidate truly triumphing through the will of the people rather than working the party political machine, and given the scandalous downfall of [[Performer~P52812~Nixon~richardmnixon]] following his re-election, many have wondered what America would be like today if [[Performer~P228564~McGovern~georgemcgovern]], once described by [[Performer~P392351~Robert F. Kennedy~robertfkennedy]] as "the most decent man in the Senate," had won. One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern is a documentary which looks back at the [[Performer~P228564~McGovern~georgemcgovern]] campaign and explores what went right, what went wrong, and what was [[Performer~P228564~McGovern~georgemcgovern]]'s true legacy. The film includes interviews with [[Performer~P380579~Howard Zinn~howardzinn]], [[Performer~P67914~Gloria Steinem~gloriasteinem]], [[Performer~P367879~Gary Hart~garyhart]], [[Performer~P237553~Frank Mankiewicz~frankmankiewicz]], [[Performer~P81105~Warren Beatty~warrenbeatty]], [[Performer~P115406~Gore Vidal~gorevidal]], [[Performer~P98010~Ron Kovic~ronkovic]], and [[Performer~P228564~McGovern~georgemcgovern]] himself. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 16, 2005