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Best of Enemies - Movie Synopsis & Plot

In the summer of 1968, television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult—their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born.

MOVIE REVIEW

We live in an age where politicians like to scream at each other and pundits the same, everyone safely cornered in their own “bubbles of concern” and seemingly unwilling to talk to find compromise. But how is that different than politics of fifty years ago? The documentary Best of Enemies seeks to answer such a question, opting to focus on the television debates between hardcore conservative William F. Buckley and liberal Gore Vidal.
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