Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed (2004)



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Brooklyn-based Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm made history when she vied for the presidency in 1972. In fact, Congresswoman Chisholm has represented a series of firsts: She was the first African-American woman elected to Congress and the first black person and woman to run a serious, high-profile campaign in the U.S. presidential primary. Her inspiring journey is the subject of this documentary.


Critic Reviews for Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Avoids some hard questions: in her presidential campaign did she make mistakes in building relationships? Did she follow some ill-planned strategy or none at all?

Sep 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/5

Solid, straightforward docu should prove a durable broadcast and educational item for years to come.

Sep 21, 2004
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Abundant archival footage of other contenders -- Edmund Muskie's breakdown in New Hampshire, a loopy Hubert Humphrey ad -- skillfully reinforces Chisholm as a refreshingly quixotic populist, running on fervor and indignation.

Sep 21, 2004

Rather than seeming dated, Chisholm's moxie and commitment is a refreshing antidote to the opportunism and cynicism that rules the political roost today.

Apr 17, 2004

Hearing her speak her finely honed mind in unscripted, un-'handled' terms is worth the price of admission in itself.

Nov 18, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Although many people may be aware that Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman to run for this country's Presidency what makes this film such a magnetic documentary is the details behind the campaign, and the woman.

Apr 17, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed


[font=Century Gothic]"Chisholm 72 - Unbought and Unbossed" is an interesting documentary about Shirley Chisholm's run for President in 1972.(Shirley Chisholm(1924-2005) was elected to Congress in 1968 and served until her retirement in 1983.) She was the first African American and woman to seriously run for President.(For example, Victoria Woodhull's attempt about a century before did not garner a vote.) The movie focuses on Chisholm's candidacy and the Democratic primaries that year where at one point there were thirteen candidates, ranging from Chisholm to Alabama governor George Wallace. She ran not primarily to win but as a forerunner for people to come after her but very little has changed in Democratic Party politics in the last 30+ years. In the end, she should have received better support from prominent blacks and women than she did.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]In the epilogue, Shirley Chisholm said that she wanted to be rememembered as a woman who fought for change.[/font]

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