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American Experience: Murder of a President

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Rob Rapley

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About the Movie

Murder of a President recounts the assassination and excruciating final months of President James Garfield's life. A brilliant scholar, courageous general, and fervent abolitionist, Garfield never wanted the job of president. But once in office, he worked tirelessly to reunite a nation still divided 15 years after the Civil War. As he lay dying, the North and South came together to pray for his recovery.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 23
  • Fresh: 20
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The actual moral of the story is more trite and utopian, but still powerful: Democracy can't take root until the impulse for vengeance is gone. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Jun 2, 2016

Fresh: Although Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf says "The President" was inspired by the turbulent events of the Arab Spring, there's also a timeless quality to this absorbing and powerful fable that provides added resonance. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Jul 21, 2016

Fresh: Makhmalbaf makes you feel the enormity of the President's loss of self even if you don't actually feel for him. – Michael Nordine, Village Voice, Jul 21, 2016

Fresh: A story at once timeless and contemporary, eventually pushing past the immediate matters of guilt and comeuppance to ask whether democracy can ever flourish amid an endless cycle of oppression and revenge. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Feb 4, 2016

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American Experience: Murder of a President
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  • $5.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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