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Going Upriver - The Long War of John Kerry
Going Upriver - The Long War of John Kerry
Actor: John Kerry
Director: George Butler
Genres: Educational, Documentary
PG-13     2004     1hr 28min

Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry is an extraordinary inside look at Character and moral leadership during a time of national crisis. Loosely based on Douglas Brinkley's best-selling book Tour Of Duty, this incredi...  more »
     
     

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Actor: John Kerry
Director: George Butler
Genres: Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Educational, Biography, History, Vietnam War, Politics
Studio: Non Fiction Films
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/19/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Black and White,Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 8
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Steve P. (Solarsurfer) from PACIFICA, CA
Reviewed on 1/24/2013...
Lots of details about Kerry's Viet Nam duty as a Swift boat captain. He was greatly maligned by the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth. I am a Navy veteran myself and I believe those guys
either never really saw much action at all, or are so PTSD damaged they can't face the truth about the war.
Robert S. (radonfish) from ROGERS, TX
Reviewed on 3/26/2012...
just viewed this (03/27/12).
brought back so many memories of the events, the people, the issues.
go back and see the antiwar/war, doves/hawks controversy play itself out before your eyes. this film showed me another point of view about how our democratic system works or doesn't work in some cases. worth your time and attention...

Movie Reviews

Going Upriver, was entertaining, surprising, well directed,
Adrienne B. Kandel | Sacramento, CA USA | 10/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Last Friday I saw "Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry." I saw footage of things in Vietnam, including swiftboat battle footage, that I would have never understood. Same about the Vietnam vets first in the war and then against. I saw politicians delivering messages that have remained with us, and Nixon's "plumbers" watching the big Vietnam Vets Against the War demo from atop the White House. I heard entertaining excerpt's from Nixon's Watergate tapes, including the one where they retain Swift Boat Veterans for Lies leader John O'Neill to discredit Kerry. I heard Vietnam Vets describe how they lived the war, and heard Kerry wonder out loud in a letter about a Vietnamese fighter he had just shot. I saw Vets vote on whether to break the law by sleeping, and I heard them tell some of their stories. I saw some stunning photography in Vietnam, and some short, fuzzy, home movie clippings.

This is not an advertising film; it's a documentary - a personality study - by the man who wrote "Pumping Iron" about Arnold Schwarzeneggar. At the same time, it dispenses with the Swift Boat Veterans for Falsehood lies simply by talking to the folks who were in the boat with Kerry, whom he protected with personally painful and dangerous actions that really did earn him his medal. The mortality rate in those swift boats was 75% and up, but Kerry's crew members say his quick reactions kept them alive. You can't picture Kerry waiting dumbly 7 to 17 minutes while the Twin Towers are burning.

After going home, Young Kerry showed leadership and maturity as he organized Vietnam Vets Against the War, and helped fellow Vets overcome their trauma and anger to create a peaceful, articulate movement that helped bring the Vietnam War to an end.

I have never considered leadership qualities in choosing a candidate. That just changed."
A must see for this year's election
James L. Frank, Jr. | Atlanta GA | 10/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am a swing voter and I anticipated that this movie would help me better understand John Kerry as a person and as a leader. It did both and much much more. Clearly, he is a brave and heroic man for having volunteered to serve his country during war and then to oppose it after returning home and listening to many other vets, that something was dramatically wrong with the U.S.'s position. With our 20/20 hindsight, we now know many things were wrong with the US's involvement in Vietnam but he had the courage and insight to see it then!!! as a 27 year old!!! He knew standing against the war would be a potential problem with his political aspirations and he did it anyway because he felt it was the right thing to do. If this doesn't stand in stark contrast to the draft dodging of the so-called leaders in the White House now, you obviously are someone who cannot face the facts.

Although born to a certain level of status, he served with men from all backgrounds and won their respect. He has certainly won my respect and my vote and I highly encourage people to see this movie to learn the context of Kerry's background and to watch an excellent documentary of a very difficult time in American History."
Took me right back
Margaret G. Mckelvie | St. Louis, MO | 10/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I thought I was going to see a narrow, but pro-Kerry view of John Kerry's service. What I got was much more and much better. I was reminded so vividly of the times, moral struggles, and strong feelings many of us had in the late 60's and especially early 70's. The friendships that were strained or ended because of differences over the VietNam war came back to me as I watched this incredible movie. The footage was amazing. The context was carefully laid out. The result is a thoroughly engaging movie. I came away with an admiration for the courage of John Kerry to speak out and awe at his articulateness at such a young age. One could not doubt his sincerity and commitment even if one did not agree with his decision to speak out against the Viet Nam war. The gentle, yet solid, way the filmmaker and editor pulled together years of events and many voices is what makes this documentary so much more convincing than Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. You should not feel afraid to invite your Republican friends to see this with you."