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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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Cast

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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1 February 2015 (Belgium) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,744, 25 May 2014

Gross USA:

$140,164

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$140,164
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1.78 : 1
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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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(Himself): Buckley was a guy who claimed to great knowledge and style and sophistication, and Gore was a great foil for him. And I think it drove Buckley a bit nuts, and I think it drove Gore a bit nuts.
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Excellent film that's educational, informative, and thought provoking, and it proves that Gore is not a yes man!
17 June 2014 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

Just watched over the weekend the film "Gore Vidal: USA of Amnesia" and I must say that I was highly impressed. The film was informative and educational and thought provoking. Though Gore Vidal was mostly before my generation I knew and heard all about his writings and works even the great essays of our time his views on life, culture, politics and the state of democracy pushed the limits. One thing I can say about Gore was he was no yes man! Vidal always would challenge and question the powerful and the establishment, he would always challenge those running the show. I was lucky enough to have saw some interviews with him in his later years before his passing and it was a treat to hear him speak his words were a world of knowledge and advice. This film tells the history of Gore's life as he grew up went to college, served in service and was educated and became an author writing great stories and essay type works on our moral state of society and culture. This was displayed in interviews and clips and it was a treat to see his debates with the right wing author William Buckley Jr. as Gore always spoke for the left more. Still he was often fighting the left as evidenced when he ran and opposed democrat Jerry Brown in 1982 for California's U.S. Senate seat. And plus during the film Gore states in interviews about the blunders of Clinton, and Barrack as he tells the truth politics is a money game it's bought and paid for thru the banks! And I like the way that Vidal stated that sex was good the feel good pleasure was a must he said it right love affairs and marriages are overrated. He was even outspoken for gay rights and he hated religion, and he was so right when he said companionship and friendship is important and critical as evidenced by him living many years with a male friend! True this film is opinionated, and you may not like or agree with Gore Vidal, but one thing is for sure he was a firestorm of truth, honesty, and down right blunt and brash for the way he saw American life as more should be like him and challenge the political and rich and powerful with more thought provoking ideas and different approaches to society and culture. As Gore was a truth seeker for all he really challenged people and democracy to wake up and live with more freedom and rights. It's clear Gore Vidal was a legend and clearly no yes man!


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