The Reagans

The Reagans

The Legacy Endures

DVD - 2015
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A small toy boy from Illinois with big dreams, began his rise to public life in sports broadcasting and then as a star of film and television. But it was during his years in Hollywood as president of the Screen Actors Guild that he discovered the two great passions of his life: politics and his soul mate, Nancy Davis. This candid and intimate portrait captures the Reagan's' inspiring journey, historic partnership and touching love story.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]
Edition: Fullscreen.
Branch Call Number: REAGAN B
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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cesmomma
Jul 20, 2015

By far the poorest biography of the Reagans I've seen to date. I grew up during the Reagan presidency and know there were a great many things for which to admire Ronald and Nancy. But, despite all indications that the producers of this DVD clearly liked the guy, they couldn't manage to find too much to say about him. I think I may even have seen children's books on him that were more informative.
The footage of the Reagans used in the film were full of famous scenes -- including some good clips of some fantastic speeches he gave. But they were lack-luster. And most of the film was voice-over which was poorly written and largely unorganized.
Despite the fact the man lived for 90 years -- and at least 50 before he was really into government work -- they couldn't manage to spend more than two minutes talking about his upbringing in Illinois, his childhood, his time on radio. They spent about a minute on his time as a TV personality and scarcely mentioned he was the president of the Screen Actor's Guild. And the work he did as Governor of California is barely mentioned either.
I might have forgiven all that, however, if they'd written a focused, linear script on his work in the GOP, his ascension to the Presidency and the enduring legacy the movie's title boldly states.
However, this is sadly not the case. There are a few good clips of some of his more memorable speeches (along with a few I haven't heard quoted for a while), but on the whole, the script meanders through the 70s and 80s without much substance and a LOT of repeating information. (Did the director have a hard time picking which draft of the writer's script worked best and opted to put them ALL in?)
In all sincerity, I would expect better from a team of high school or college students working on an extra credit project for history class.

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