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The Clinton Years
The Clinton Years
Actors: Chris Bury, Ted Koppel
Genres: Television, Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2002     1hr 56min

"The Clinton Years" chronicles the startling political ascent of Bill Clinton - from the governor's mansion in Little Rock to his first shaky steps on a rocky campaign trail all the way to the Oval Office. Through intervi...  more »

     
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Actors: Chris Bury, Ted Koppel
Creators: Kathy Barosky, Marc Allard, David Fanning, George Griffin, Kimberly Tabor, Lisa Koenig, Madhulika Sikka, Michael Kirk, Michael Sullivan, Robin Parmelee, Sam Bailey, Sara Just, Sarah Moughty, Scott Willis, Sharon Tiller, Stephanie Ault, Talesha Reynolds, Tom Bettag
Genres: Television, Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Television, Biography, Politics, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: PBS Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/29/2002
Original Release Date: 01/16/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/16/2001
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 56min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Enjoyable
S. Organ | 04/10/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It is obvious to me that the other reviewers have a personal vendetta against Bill Clinton, and were not objective in their reviews. I enjoyed this DVD and would recommend it to anyone who wants a summary of the unparalleled eight years of success our country reveled in under Bill Clinton. Enjoy!"
Mixed production
Robin Orlowski | United States | 04/16/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I obtained this video as a birthday present, and have a mixed reaction to the scripting evident throughout. Although PBS itself has taken some hard knocks from conservatives eager to decry it as a leftist haven, the teleplay for a 'tribute' borders on the negative and repitituous. Yes, the man known as 'slick willie' had more than his share of personal flaws, yes they were frustrating for both the American people and his inner circle, but that does not alter the fact we had a budget surplus and economic recovery after years of failed elitism. Viewers also willing to look through choppy editing can readily discern Bill and Hillary really do love each other, a factor conviently overlooked by many self-appointed 'Clinton bashers' themselves also lacking perfect marriages."
Scandal Heavy Overview
S. Organ | Philadelphia, PA United States | 01/08/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)

"In watching this documentary I was curious as to why the video was titled "The Clinton Years." A more appropriate title would have been "The Clinton Scandals" as the focus of the entire program is about Bill Clinton and how he was the Comback Kid while perservering from scandal after scandal. After watching this video one gets the impression all President Clinton did was fumble his way through office and constantly defend each and every (often times vicious) attacks of both the Replublicans and scandal hungry media.It is this theme of Comeback Kid that really hampers the entire production, never really investing a thorough examination of a President who really wanted to change the way government worked. Chris Bury, who was a correspondent during the Clinton White House, writes and narrates this production... Would it not have been more interesting to juxtapose a man so reviled in the Washinton circle, yet so accepted by the public at large? Why was he elected for 2 terms and carried one of the highest approval ratings while in office? Sadly, this documentary never really tries to examine or understand this aspect of the Clinton legacy....I don't think I could recommend this video to anyone. It's too bad because the Clinton presidency does deserve more attention than what they media continues to offer."
An honest assessment of Bill Clinton
Erin Esposito | Rochester, New York | 07/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Before I watched this movie, I had this preconcieved notion that it would be entirely pro-Clinton. But my thoughts quickly changed when the very beginning indicated that even those within the Clinton camp would utter words which would bear light on Clinton's weaknesses or downsides.Sure enough, there was an honest assessment of Clinton and his actions throughout the film. Naturally there was much praise regarding his skills and talent, however there was also some critique of him - almost in a tone of "he could have been one of the greatest presidents in our history only if he didn't...." I enjoyed watching the many different parts of the movie, ranging from the campaign for the Presidency up towards the end of his term, and found it to be quite informative, enjoyable and at points humorous! (especially when George Stephanopolous tells the story of Hillary's hair and Bill's response - coming to her defense, etc.)A good movie to watch if you're interested in Bill Clinton as a person, a politician or if you're interested in the political process, the presidency."