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Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (2013)

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This is an unashamedly opinionated film. In Gore Vidal's America, the political coup has already happened. The right have triumphed and the human values of the liberals have been consigned ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Gore Vidal ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Howard Auster Howard Auster ... Himself (archive footage)
James Best ... (archive footage)
Karen Black ... Herself (archive footage)
Jerry Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
William F. Buckley ... Himself (archive footage)
George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage)
Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Cavett ... Himself (archive footage)
Jodie Evans Jodie Evans ... Herself
Farrah Fawcett ... (archive footage)
Henry Fonda ... (archive footage)
David Frost ... Himself (archive footage)
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This is an unashamedly opinionated film. In Gore Vidal's America, the political coup has already happened. The right have triumphed and the human values of the liberals have been consigned to history. But how did this happen and who organized it? In this film Gore Vidal's acerbic, opinionated and informed approach rips away at the facade of the new America. The film dramatizes Gore's political views and his concern at the present state of American democracy using interviews and historical footage of his famous appearances on television and talk shows over the last fifty years. In the recently filmed interviews Gore examines the course of American history and policy making and draws dramatic conclusions on the fate of the nation in the modern age. Written by Anonymous

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"The United States Was Founded By The Brightest People In The Country - And We Haven't Seen Them Since."


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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,309, 30 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$127,743, 4 July 2014
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David Susskind's name is misspelled as "Suskind," both on-screen during the film and in the end credits. See more »

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Gore Vidal: The whole point to a ruling class is they don't conspire, the rulers. They all think alike, unless you get out of it, as I did. And I defected, and I was rather worried about what was happening to what I think of as my country.
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One of the Greatest Minds Ever
16 December 2015 | by larrys3See all my reviews

Gore Vidal, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 86, in my opinion, possessed one of the greatest minds ever. Clearly physical aging as this documentary was being filmed, but losing none of his incredible wit, sarcastic humor, and brutal honesty, Vidal gives his version of his most remarkable life.

The movie, directed by Nicholas Wrathall, appears to be meticulously researched and is extremely well presented, utilizing vintage film clips and interviews, as it recounts the most fascinating journey of Vidal's life and career.

Overall, I don't agree with everything Vidal espouses but his anti-establishment writings and spoken words are so vital, as I see it, for any society to have. In my opinion, his genius will live on in perpetuity, and hopefully serve as lessons for the future generations to come.


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