Best Of Enemies: Buckley Vs. Vidal

Best Of Enemies: Buckley Vs. Vidal

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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 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.

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Reasons to Buy

  1. One of the year's most riveting movies is simply a documentary about conversations that happened back in 1968.
  2. It's a joy to watch Gore Vidal, in his prime, defend his beliefs in the face of complete conservative adversity. And, though William F. Buckley was a right-wing homophobe, at least his threats and jabs were eloquent ("Now listen, you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I'll sock you in your goddamn face, and you'll stay plastered.").
  3. Directed with consummate skill by filmmakers Robert Gordon and Academy Award-winning Sundance Film Festival alum Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom), Best of Enemies unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today.

DVD Features

Over one hour of bonus interviews with Commentators
Interview with Directors Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon
Theatrical Trailer


  • Director: Robert Gordon
  • Director: Morgan Neville
  • Length: 1 hrs. 28 mins.
  • Rating: R
  • Released: Nov 03 2015
  • Added: Sep 29 2015
  • Production Year: 2015
  • TLA SKU: 1756631
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • UPC Code: 876964009034
  • Catalog #: DV36932102


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Review by Amos Lassen

By: Amos Lassen
In 1968, two intellectuals participated in a televised series of debates on issues of the day. On one side was the liberal Gore Vidal, renowned author and iconoclast and on the other was the conservative trailblazer William F. Buckley Jr. These "vitr... Read More

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