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Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (2004)

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A documentary on Senator John Kerry's Navy tour of duty in Vietnam, his contributions to the peace movement that followed, and the ultimate shape of his future political career.


George Butler


Douglas Brinkley (book), Joseph Dorman





Credited cast:
David Alston David Alston ... Himself - Gunner's Mate, PCF-94, Vietnam Veteran
Dan Barbiero Dan Barbiero ... Himself - Yale Roommate, Vietnam Veteran
Douglas Brinkley ... Himself - Official Kerry Biographer
Harvey Bundy Harvey Bundy ... Himself - Yale Roommate
Dick Cavett ... Himself (archive footage)
Max Cleland ... Himself - Former Democratic Senator (Georgia)
Bestor Cram ... Himself - VVAW Anti-War Activist, Vietnam Veteran (as Bester Cram)
Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage)
Chris Gregory Chris Gregory ... Himself - VVAW Anti-War Activist, Vietnam Veteran
Richard Holbrooke ... Himself - Former US Ambassador to the UN
Lyndon Baines Johnson ... Himself (archive footage) (as Lyndon Johnson)
John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Kerrey Bob Kerrey ... Himself - Former Democratic Senator (Nebraska) (as Sen. Bob Kerrey)
John Kerry ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Klein ... Himself - Writer


A documentary on Senator John Kerry's Navy tour of duty in Vietnam, his contributions to the peace movement that followed, and the ultimate shape of his future political career.

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Some men are changed by history, others make it.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing images of war and some dialogue






Release Date:

1 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tour of Duty See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$279,219, 3 October 2004

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What I Didn't Learn in History Class
9 October 2004 | by openteachSee all my reviews

By the time we got to the Vietnam war in school it was always three days before summer vacation. My knowledge about the war is spotty at best, despite that my father's generation either fought in this war or figured out ways to avoid fighting in it. I am a Kerry supporter, but after seeing this film my opinion has changed from viewing him as merely an alternative to Bush to believing that this is a man with an intimate knowledge of the military and the convictions and experience to lead the country. I did not love Fahrenheit 9/11 (although "Bowling for Columbine" is great) because I felt that the vitriol was so obvious the film became ultimately unbelievable---so partisan I did not believe it could be entirely accurate. But when I was watching "Going Upriver" I continually found myself wondering what George Bush was doing during the time when John Kerry was fighting and then protesting. These questions have prompted me to find out more about George Bush. This film is not an "angry" film like F9/11. But I was shocked to see that while John Kerry was taken very seriously as a war hero in the 1970s by both the government and the media, it has been so easy for the Republicans to denigrate that image today. Not only is that wrong, but it seems sad that the American people care so little about truth and accept information so blindly.

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