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One Bright Shining Moment

A Film by Stephen Vittoria

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When presidential candidate George McGovern took on incumbent Richard Nixon in 1972, no one really expected him to win – and he didn’t. But in his bold, grassroots, seat-of-the-pants campaign, which energized young and progressive Americans to a degree never before seen, we find the genesis of today's powerful and sophisticated progressive movement.

Using a wealth of amazing archival materials, interviews with provocative figures including historian Howard Zinn, and extensive interviews with McGovern himself, this “tremendously thought-provoking tribute to the one man who could have dramatically and permanently altered America’s political landscape for the better [is] essential viewing” (CBS Radio).

Featuring music by Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Donovan, Leon Russell and Elvis Costello.

What the Critics are Saying


"A riveting tale of idealism vs. cynicism." - NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

"Well-researched." - THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Hearing and seeing McGovern makes it all too apparent what is missing in contemporary Washington." - LOS ANGELES TIMES

"An elegant homage. It illuminates much of the political landscape of the ‘60s and early ‘70s – as well as today." - MINNEAPOLIS CITY PAGES

"Tremendously thought-provoking." - CBS RADIO

Recommended Reading

The Essential America by George McGovern

The Liberals' Moment: The McGovern Insurgency and the Identity Crisis of the Democratic Party by Bruce Miroff


Check out singer/ songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins' website and her stirring response to One Bright Shining Moment

See details about this film's theatrical run.

Features and Specifications

Bonus materials:

  • Vietnam Storyteller
  • Interview with Amy Goodman
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

Format: DVD
Release Year: 2005
Running Time: 125 minutes
Color: Color
Language: English

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