Reagan

Synopsis: Ronald Reagan as a man, as compared to his legacy, is rich territory for exploration, and a line from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is just one of the many things that springs to mind after viewing filmmaker Eugene Jarecki's latest opus, Reagan (Jarecki's Why We Fight won the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize: Documentary). Speaking at his funeral, Mark Antony said of Caesar, "The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones." With a firm grasp of Reagan's story, Jarecki avoids the predictable and takes the long view on Reagan's life and influence, while staying centered on him as a man of deep contradiction; an American whose patriotism paradoxically led him to impeachable acts, a liberal Democrat who came to define the modern conservative movement.
Director(s): Eugene Jarecki
  4 wins & 1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
7.4
Year:
2011
105 min
359 Views

EXT. MOUNT VERNON, BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 17, 1984 - DAY

Framed in a blue sky, a marble effigy of GEORGE WASHINGTON is

perched atop a stone-white column above red-brick row-houses.

Beneath, FRANK CORDEN (mid 20s, curly hair cut into a

preppier ‘do) does his door-to-door civic duty.

COURTNEY (30s, box-blonde mother of three, B’more accent)

answers his knock with a KENT ULTRA pinched in her fingers.

FRANK:

Good morning, Miss. Can I trouble

you for a moment of your time?

COURTNEY:

Oh Jesus, not another one. I bought

an electric cheese grater from you

people. Thing broke a‘soon as I

stuck in the Muenster.

FRANK:

You sound pretty ‘ungrateful.’

He likes his joke much more than she does.

COURTNEY:

Whadderya sellin’? You got a minute;

Card Sharks is in commercial.

FRANK:

I’m actually not a salesman, Miss.

I was wondering if you’re currently

registered to vote.

COURTNEY:

Not interested.

She tries to close the door. Frank gives it a stiff-arm.

FRANK:

You really should be.

COURTNEY:

Eh, politicians are all the same.

FRANK:

That’s not true. Perhaps if you

knew more about the candidates-

COURTNEY:

I know about the candidates. Reagan

did that movie where he was talkin’

to a monkey.

(MORE)

2.

COURTNEY (CONT'D)

That’s weird:
a president talkin’

to a monkey? It’s unnatural. And

the Mondale guy, you can’t say it,

but I will:
pussy.

FRANK:

Well, he’s certainly a little

skittish on foreign policy.

COURTNEY:

Big fat pussy. Betcha growin’ up he

got his ass kicked like...every

day. By like girls and stuff. Those

are my choices, why should I vote?

Frank was waiting for that question. He’s so good at this

speech, it sounds new even for the hundredth time.

FRANK:

Because voting is sacred. Because

everything this country is about

started with the right to be heard.

Our parents and grandparents and

great-great-grandparents fought and

died for that right. Where do your

ancestors come from?

COURTNEY:

(big nicotine exhale)

Down’a street.

FRANK:

Well, I’m sure I’ll talk to them in

a minute then. Miss, there are

people just like you in Russia,

China, East Germany and around the

world who would give everything for

the control that you have over how

your country is run. I’m not here

to say you have to vote, Miss. I’m

here to celebrate that you get to.

Courtney takes a pensive drag from the cigarette.

COURTNEY:

I can sign up with you?

FRANK:

Absolutely.

He hands her a clipboard and a pen.

3.

FRANK (CONT’D)

And if I may...

(reading her name)

Courtney:
I’d like to encourage you

to reelect President Ronald Reagan.

COURTNEY:

Nah, I’m votin’ for the pussy. That

monkey shit really creeps me out.

She hands back the clipboard and shuts the door. Frank

chooses to still count it as a victory.

Cue Johnny Cash’s cover of ‘PERSONAL JESUS’ as Frank

continues down the long street of identical row-houses. He

knocks on doors. Same smile, same speech. Some sign up, some

don’t. Neither fazes Frank. He believes in his mission.

INT. FRANK’S CAR - LATER

A shitbox ‘81 HYUNDAI PONY. The passenger seat is covered in

stacked registration CLIPBOARDS, Styrofoam BURGER BOXES, and

a MOUTHWASH BOTTLE. Frank takes a sip of mouthwash, spits it

back into a McDonald’s cup. No time for real hygiene.

Frank pilots this deathtrap down I-95 toward WASHINGTON, DC.

INT. REAGAN CAMPAIGN OFFICE, GEORGETOWN - DAY

Frank carefully prints names on COFFEE CUPS with a sharpie.

Pours each to order with the right cream and sugar levels.

Campaign posters adorn the walls as busy VOLUNTEERS hum with

the lines read verbatim from cold-calling scripts. ‘Have you

considered?’ ‘Are you better off now?’ ‘Continuing progress.’

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