Best of Enemies (2015)

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley.

Cast

  • John Lithgow
  • Kelsey Grammer
  • Dick Cavett
  • Noam Chomsky
  • Christopher Hitchens
  • Matt Tyrnauer
  • Ginia Bellafante
  • Sam Tanenhaus
  • Brooke Gladstone
  • Fred Kaplan

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • The film-makers shot an interview with Gore Vidal, but ultimately decided not to use it, so he only appears in archive footage.
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Quotes

    • Christopher Hitchens: The mores of the country were going to hell. And if there was one thing William Buckley cared more about than another thing it would have been that. If we go on like this, abortion will be on-demand, women will have sex with women, the family will be over, the church won't be respected, we will be screwing in the street and frightening the horses, buggery will be legal... And if you'd said all that to Gore, he would've said, Well OK, bring it on.
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Metacritic

88
Jul 31, 2015

Provides a rich, extraordinarily fascinating account that’s sure to have many viewers’ minds constantly shuttling between then and now, noting how different certain things about politics and media were in that distant era, yet marveling at how directly those archaic realities led to many of our own.

Metacritic review by Godfrey Cheshire
Godfrey Cheshire
RogerEbert.com
50
Jul 30, 2015

The news is only important insofar as it helps us understand the world. Best of Enemies, though, is only interested in zooming in to gaze lingeringly at the media’s navel.

Metacritic review by Inkoo Kang
Inkoo Kang
TheWrap
100
Feb 1, 2015

For American viewers of an intellectual/historical persuasion, there could scarcely be any documentary more enticing, scintillating and downright fascinating than Best of Enemies.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter