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A Tribute to Ronald Reagan

Part Number AIM9875V
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DVD - Calling this a tribute hardly does it justice: it's an exercise in absolute hero worship. The program presents, in no particular order, the major events of Ronald Reagan's presidency, making use of film shot during the Hollywood-type productions at which Reagan's media advisors excelled as well as news footage of such events as the Grenada invasion and the assassination attempt by John Hinckley. Reagan's early life in Hollywood is also covered, though the choice of film clips is at times mystifying. At one point Kate Smith performs her trademark "God Bless America" in its entirety, though what, if anything, that has to do with Reagan's film career is never explained, and a lengthy showstopper from a musical in which Reagan had a bit part is also shown in its entirety, though Reagan doesn't appear in that particular number. This production doesn't presume to be serious history, of course, and it makes no attempt to present a balanced or even a particularly informative look at Reagan's political career. Interviews with Reagan cabinet secretaries Caspar Weinberger and James Baker, apparently shot while Reagan was still president, offer platitudes but little insight. There are plenty of clips of Reagan giving speeches and telling funny stories, and lots of bunting and balloon drops, but even those who embrace the general theme of these tapes, that Ronald Reagan was unquestionably the savior of America, may find this production incoherent and puzzling.

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