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Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

  NR Closed Captioning

Robert Drew

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Plot Summary

"Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment" is the first and only film ever shot candidly of a President making decisions during a crisis. It came about when President Kennedy screened Robert Drew's film Primary, (JFK vs. Hubert Humphrey in Wisconsin) and asked Drew what he wanted to do next. "Make a film on a President in crisis," Drew said. Three years later Drew was doing just that. "Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment" is the most intimate and engaging film of John and Bobby Kennedy ever made. In June of 1963, the President and his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, faced one of the gravest racial confrontations of the 20th century. Despite a federal court order, Alabama Governor George Wallace vowed he would personally bar the door to the all-white University of Alabama to prevent two black students from enrolling at the school. With a revolutionary new filmmaking style that allowed for multiple hand-held cameras, award-winning filmmaker Robert Drew and his four-team crew were at work recording the crisis as it unfolded, capturing the story from all sides up until its dramatic climax. With unprecedented access inside the oval office and rare footage of John and Bobby making critical, last minute decisions, "Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment" is an astonishing and suspenseful film classic.


Customer Reviews

Outstanding period documentary!

I lived right beside Foster Auditorium in the 1980s, saw REM and GoGos concerts in there, played pickup basketball. Very cool to see these places at my alma mater that were so different 20 years earlier. Such a sad time in U of A's history, but hey, still history worth covering. This doc covers this event in great detail. Great seeing Wallace's perspective. I'll admit a personal bias, as my dad worked for him. Great to see Bobby's relationship with Jack, too.