Medium Cool

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Director:
Haskell Wexler
Released:
1969
Rating:
R
Medium Cool is a movie that focuses around the activities of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Although the story is fictitious, is does include actual events that occurred in 1968 and even uses some of the actual footage taken from those events. The story deals with the ethical question that the media faces when deciding on when to keep filming their story and when to put the cameras down and help. The main character John Cassellis (Robert Forster) is a television cameraman who has become hardened to all ethical and social issues. He is fired from his job when he becomes angry that his news station is working with the FBI. He then meets a woman named Eileen (Verna Bloom) whose husband was killed during Vietnam. She just moved to the Chicago ghetto from West Virginia with her young son Harold (Harold Blankenship). Eileen and John become good friends and some of his views begin to change. On the evening of the large riots, Eileen loses her son in the crowd and is searching for John to help her find him but he is filming at the Convention.moreless
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