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After Lyndon B. Johnson (Woody Harrelson) loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan), he agrees to be his young rival’s running mate. Once they win the election, despite his extensive experience and shrewd instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president. But, that all changes on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson is suddenly thrust into the presidency. As the nation mourns, Johnson must contend with adversaries as he seeks to honor JFK’s legacy by championing the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.55 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Rob Reiner
- Media Format : AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 37 minutes
- Release date : February 6, 2018
- Actors : Woody Harrelson, Michael Stahl-David, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Jeffrey Donovan
- Dubbed: : English
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish
- Producers : Matthew George, Timothy White, Liz Glotzer, Rob Reiner, Michael Williams
- Studio : Alliance Entertainment
- ASIN : B077SKJCWZ
- Number of discs : 1
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The Vietnam War cut Johnson's status far short of what it should be in the nation's memory. But Vietnam had been an albatross for many presidents, and none of them wanted to talk about what the war was really about or how the U.S. had gotten so deeply enmeshed. This doesn't set Johnson apart from Kennedy or Kennedy's predecessors. Had Kennedy lived, he might well have been the one to take the heat over Vietnam.
My older brother is a political scientist, apparently a fairly well respected one. I remember his telling me many decades ago that LBJ would go down in history as the most skilled politician of the 20th century. LBJ knew how to get things done. He talked, he cajoled, he negotiated to get what he wanted, and he did it better than anyone else.
My distinct impression is that these skills are no longer valued in government.
Kennedy had a lot of good and eloquent ideas, but it's dubious they would ever have been accomplished without Johnson. He is the one who pushed so much of JFK's agenda forward. And he is the one who is remembered as destroying the Democratic Party in the South. The Democratic Party had traditionally had a broad spectrum of people, but when the Civil Rights Acts were passed, the racists in the party bailed and aligned themselves with the GOP. I remember my amazement when a thoroughgoing racist, David Dukes, ran for office as a Republican the first time. We folks from way down South had a good laugh at that; little would we know back then that the GOP would come to absorb these people so readily.
So Johnson knew he was destroying his party in the South, but still he persisted with the Civil Rights Acts and the creation of various social programs that benefited racial minorities. Who can possibly think this was all for show? Johnson did the right thing, facing off a huge amount of backlash from his own part of the country and longtime allies there. Given his background, it's clear to me, anyway, that Johnson was far more complicated--and better--than his accent and down-home talk would ever indicate.
This movie shows that quite clearly, and Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Richard Jenkins gave remarkable performances.
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I’m sure it’s a great film but I can’t watch it.