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Medium Cool (1969)

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In this film, cold-blooded Chicago news cameraman John is given a choice between helping a suffering accident victim and getting his photos in on time. John opts for the latter. By the time the film ends, the cameraman has gone from observer to bloodied subject of someone else's photo shoot.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Haskell Wexler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 11, 2001
Runtime:
Paramount Home Video

Cast

Robert Forster
as John Cassellis
Harold Blankenship
as Harold Horton
Sid McCoy
as Frank Baker
Robert McAndrew
as Pennybaker
William Sickinger
as News Director Karlin
Beverly Younger
as Rich Lady
Marrian Walters
as Social Worker
Edward Croke
as Plainclothesman
Sandra Ann Roberts
as Blonde in Car
Doug Kimball
as Newscaster
Georgia Tadda
as Secretary
Charles Geary
as Buddy, Harold's Fat...
Jeff Donaldson
as Black Militant
Richard Abrams
as Black Militant
Felton Perry
as Black Militant
Val Grey
as Black Militant
Bill Sharp
as Black Militant
Robert Paige
as Black Militant
Walter Bradford
as Black Militant
Russell Davis
as Black Militant
Livingston Lewis
as Black Militant
Barbara Jones
as Black militant
John Jackson
as Black Militant
Simone Zorn
as Reporter and Photogr...
Madeleine Maroou
as Reporter and Photogr...
Mickey Pallas
as Reporter and Photogr...
Lynn Erlich
as Reporter and Photogr...
Lester Brownlee
as Reporter and Photogr...
Morris Bleckman
as Reporter and Photogr...
Wally Wright
as Reporter and Photogr...
Sam Ventura
as Reporter and Photogr...
George Boulet
as Reporter and Photogr...
Haskell Wexler
as Cameraman on Scaffol...
Spence Jackson
as Kennedy Student
Dorien Suhr
as Kennedy Student
James H. Jacobs
as Kennedy student
Kenneth Whitener
as Kennedy Student
Connie Fleischauer
as Kennedy Student
Mary Smith
as Kennedy student
George Bouillet
as Media person
Nancy Lee Noble
as Kennedy Student
Studs Terkel
as Our Man in Chicago
Linda Handelman
as Gun-Clinic Lady
Maria Friedman
as Gun-Clinic Lady
Kathryn Schubert
as Gun-Clinic Lady
Barbara Brydenthal
as Gun-Clinic Lady
Elizabeth Moisant
as Gun-Clinic Lady
Rose Bormacher
as Gun- Clinic Lady
China Lee
as Roller Derby Patron
Peter Boyle
as Gun Clinic Manager
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Critic Reviews for Medium Cool

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (5)

Medium Cool is an awkward and even pretentious movie, but, like the report of the President's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, it has an importance that has nothing to do with literature.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Moviemakers have at last figured out how bright the average moviegoer is. By that I don't mean they're making more 'intelligent' pictures. I mean they understand how quickly we can catch onto things.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | May 7, 2009
Washington Post
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film doesn't exactly end, because it's not so much a narrative as it is a mile-marker and a warning.

Full Review… | July 31, 2013
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for Medium Cool

½

A TV journalist becomes disenchanted with his bosses in the mainstream media, while simultaneously romancing an Appalachian mother whose husband was killed in Vietnam. Thanks to a powerful performance by Robert Forster and a lucky accident (when riots broke out at the 1968 Democratic Convention, director Haskell Wexler was able to shoot his actors mingling with real life protestors and National Guardsmen---the crew was even tear-gassed), this became one of the great anti-authoritarian/agitprop movies of the hippie era.

366weirdmovies
Greg S

Super Reviewer

½

Medium Cool is an awkward and even pretentious movie, but, like the report of the President's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, it has an importance that has nothing to do with literature.

This is an okay film, but you can get kind of lost in the plot - which is frankly all over the place. I like a more solid plot in my movies (for the most part). Forster is cool, and I dug that this movie shot LITERALLY as the riots outside the 1968 DNC took place, but I didn't find myself all too engrossed in the rest of the film.

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Ken Scheck

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