Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry Poster

Release Date: October 1st, 2004

DVD Release Date: October 19th, 2004

PG-13|1 hr 29 min

Plot Summary
Following Sen. John Kerry from his days as a soldier fighting in the Vietnam War to his 2004 presidential run, director George Butler captures many of the crucial moments that came to define and forge Kerry's career and leadership in the peace movement, and as a United States senator from Massachusetts. Conducting interviews with the men who knew Kerry best -- fellow soldiers, roommates and friends -- Butler searches for and depicts what made Kerry a leader.

Director: George Butler

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: White Mountain Films

Keywords: Rise, 1970s, Moving, 1960s, Friend, Soldier, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The film leaves the viewer with a more vivid sense of Kerry the man, portraying him as admirable, if not lovable. show more

  • Makes an eloquent case for John Kerry's courage, both during and immediately after his service in Vietnam.

  • A clearly partisan effort -- director George Butler is a longtime Kerry friend and supporter -- the film is nonetheless bound to have some political impact, thanks to its powerful depiction of the young Kerry. show more

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