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Anytown, USA (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 9 December 2005 (USA)
Three Candidates, Two blind Politicians, One Race. Anytown USA follows a tightly run race in the small town of Bogota, New Jersey and resonates as an all-too-familiar look at partisan politics in our increasingly polarized nation.


Kristian Fraga




Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Lonegan ... Himself
Fred Pesce ... Himself
Dave Musikant ... Himself
Doug Friedline ... Himself
Bill Palatucci ... Himself
George Shaloub ... Himself
Joe Noto ... Himself
Melissa Schnipp ... Herself
Tom Layson ... Himself
Janine Strafaci ... Herself
Drew Speier Drew Speier ... Himself
Alan Bookspan Alan Bookspan ... Himself
Allison Bookspan Allison Bookspan ... Herself
Eileen Karpoff ... Herself
Tom Dematrakis ... Himself


All politics is local in this hilarious burlesque of a documentary following a tightly-run mayoral race in the small town of Bogota, New Jersey. When the much-reviled--and legally blind--Republican incumbent Steven Lonegan boldly announces he will run for re-election, the citizens of Bogota go on the offensive to unseat him. Enter Democrat Fred Pesce, coaxed from retirement to share the ticket. With his health in question, and his politics compared to those of Tony Soprano, the field is wide open for sight-challenged town booster and former local football hero Dave Musikant to step in as a long-shot write-in independent candidate--officially making it the only mayoral race in the nation where two of the three candidates are legally blind! Add to the mix the machinations of Jesse "The Body" Ventura's campaign manager, and Anytown USA resonates as an all-too-familiar look at the charade of partisan politics in our increasingly polarized nation. Written by Jamie Hook

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Bogota, New Jersey, USA

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Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe and lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
Arranged and Performed by Mike Benoit
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Of the people, for the people, by the people?
3 December 2006 | by pablocarlosSee all my reviews

You couldn't cast this film with actors and capture the true banality and raw pathos of small town politics as this documentary does. The director here does an excellent job of storytelling in recording the efforts of a rank outsider who runs on little other than chutzpah and sheer enthusiasm against an apparently justifiably despised incumbent mayor. The twists and turns of the campaign mirror the improbable feats of the local high school football team who go on their own miraculous underdog run. But the film's true value lies in its ability to show the nastiness that politics brings out in people and democracy's capacity for excitement and frustration. An excellent story, told in an unadorned fashion, well worth a look.

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