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George McGovern's failed presidential bid against Richard Nixon in 1972 made him the favored liberal punching bag of establishment politicians and beltway pundits, as well as a symbol of Democratic wimpiness, for the better part of three decades. Stephen Vittoria's celebratory portrait of McGovern and his campaign aims to set the record straight, arguing that the genial South Dakota senator was the closest we've come to having a principled and genuinely progressive candidate occupy the White House in almost a century. Though it succumbs to preachiness occasionally, the film serves as a nice overview of both the man and the remarkably participatory nature of his campaign. With Gary Hart, Dick Gregory, Gore Vidal, Warren Beatty, Gloria Steinem, and Howard Zinn. 125 min.

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