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Hesburgh offers a unique glimpse at more than fifty years of American history as seen through the eyes of the long-time president of the University of Notre Dame and America's most well-known Catholic priest. Educator, civil rights champion, adviser to presidents, envoy to popes, theologian and activist, Hesburgh was called on by countless world leaders to tackle the most challenging issues of the day. He built a reputation as a savvy political operator with a penchant for bridging the divide between bitter enemies.Through it all, he remained a man armed with a fierce intelligence, a quick wit and an unyielding moral compass -- a timeless example of bipartisan leadership that would serve us in today's increasingly polarized times.


  • Robert Sam Anson
  • Ted Koppel
  • Maurice LaMarche
  • Newton Minow
  • Leon Panetta
  • Alan Simpson

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May 2, 2019

Some would say the jury's out on that issue; but near-unanimous love and admiration suggests Hesburgh's stance was a great way to win friends and influence people.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
May 2, 2019

Hesburgh is consistently smart about its subject. It makes a convincing case that the priest was one of a handful of whites in the civil rights movement who understood the systemic nature of racism in the United States.

Metacritic review by Glenn Kenny
Glenn Kenny
The New York Times
Apr 30, 2019

Creadon presents all this in a brisk, lively film, with lots of topical music underscoring the archival footage, and interviews with everyone from former students who became journalists or members of Congress to Ted Koppel and former Senator Alan Simpson.

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation