Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (2004)

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Critic Consensus: Interesting and revealing footage of both Kerry and the Vietnam era in general.


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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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (not Rated)
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Joseph Dorman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 2004
Box Office: $0.5M
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry

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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.

Full Review… | October 14, 2004
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review… | October 11, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
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Brinkley has done his homework, and the evidence is on the screen.

October 8, 2004
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Filmgoers in the mood for one more go-round will be fascinated by this documentary by George Butler.

Full Review… | October 6, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A partisan film but ultimately a powerful one.

Full Review… | October 6, 2004
Dallas Morning News
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Audience Reviews for Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry

One of those films that has a short shelf life. Interest in Kerry goes up in 2004 and disappears soon thereafter. I found it and it is pretty good biopic of a rapidly fading public figure.

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