Journeys with George
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Journeys with George

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Director: Alexandra Pelosi

Cast: Alexandra Pelosi, R. G. Ratcliffe, Richard Wolffe

     
 

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Alexandra Pelosi worked as a television producer in 1999. Her mother, Nancy Pelosi, was then a congresswoman who would one day ascend to one of the most powerful positions in the government. Alexandra followed around then Governor George W. Bush for over a year during his campaign for the Presidency. Her video diary was turned into the documentary Journeys With

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Alexandra Pelosi worked as a television producer in 1999. Her mother, Nancy Pelosi, was then a congresswoman who would one day ascend to one of the most powerful positions in the government. Alexandra followed around then Governor George W. Bush for over a year during his campaign for the Presidency. Her video diary was turned into the documentary Journeys With George, which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo, and a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but this documentary is still worthwhile for anyone with an interest in the subject matter.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Given a golden opportunity, Alexandra Pelosi only occasionally hits pay dirt in this off-the-cuff record of what it was like for pool reporters to cover the George W. Bush campaign in 2000. At first, Pelosi's gender proves to be something of an advantage; Bush clearly takes notice of her, saying, "I've always liked your stylishness." Here and in other vignettes, there's a sense of a good ol' boy flirting with a young woman (not unlike his predecessor, Bill Clinton), and at one point, he even gives her a peck on the cheek. In the film's first act (the primaries, followed by a summer intermission of fundraising and the convention, followed by the campaign against Al Gore), Bush flashes a looser and more playful demeanor than his rather stiff and awkward public face; he even makes fun, over the press plane's public address system, of a blooper he committed in one of his stump speeches. As the stakes grow higher, though, he seems to tamp down the playfulness and distance himself more from the reporters, but not entirely. Close to Election Day, Pelosi takes an informal poll of the press as to who they think will win, and when the overwhelmingly pro-Gore result leaks to the New York Post's page six gossip column, she finds herself frozen out by her colleagues, only to be "rescued" by Bush, who makes a public show that there are no hard feelings. What's ultimately frustrating about Journeys With George is that it's not an effective portrait of Bush, who is adept at slipping by any hard questions Pelosi throws at him on camera and does freeze her for a short time when she asks him in a public press conference how well he sleeps at night knowing how many executions his state has carried out. Nor is it a very penetrating look at the press corps, à la Timothy Crouse's classic book The Boys on the Bus. Fatigue, on both the part of the filmmaker and the film, sets in after a time, and there's a sense that Pelosi and her road-weary colleagues only want to get to Election Day in one piece. But, at 75 minutes, the film certainly doesn't wear out its welcome, and until another contender surfaces, this may be our best film record of the 2000 presidential campaign.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2004
UPC:
0026359227523
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Sound:
[stereo, monaural]
Time:
1:16:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Traveling Press Corp. [8:13]
2. Message of the Day [6:13]
3. Expectations [5:35]
4. Up Close and Personal [5:09]
5. Rules of Engagement [4:14]
6. Locationships [4:16]
7. On the Ballot [3:59]
8. Victory Dance [4:50]
9. New to the Pack [5:37]
10. Photo Ops [4:13]
11. Surge in the Polls [5:31]
12. Birthday Celebration [3:42]
13. Media Frenzy [4:16]
14. Speculating the Outcome [4:17]
15. Election Day [2:42]
16. Mr. President-Elect/End Credits [2:47]

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Journeys with George 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Real George W. Bush is in this movie with all his goofiness and seduction. There is an inherent cruel side as well when he when he beat the hell out of John McCain (not that I have much sympathy for McCain besides his war record), but its there with his anti-intellectualism but not stupidity as most reporters thought, including Ms. Pelosi. That's why Bush has gotten a pass for so long.
FJSJ More than 1 year ago
A fascinating portrait of evangelical America by Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. Alexandra has the unique ability of a documentary filmmaker to get subjects to talk to her on-camera to reveal themselves and makes them feel at ease doing it. Her portrait of Ted Haggard is worth seeing in and of itself. Frauds like Haggard need to be outed and denounced. There are all too many simple American evangelicals who have been betrayed by shysters like Ted Haggard. Superchurch pastors like Joel Osteen, also examined by Pelosi, exploit and take advantage of simple believing folks by their fancy words and charisma. Such ministers start out wanting to do good for others and end up doing very well for themselves. I believe there is a special place in Hell just waiting for these charlatans. Pelosi paints a good portrait of evangelical Americans who are charlatans and frauds; one must remember that there are many good evangelical Americans - both ministers and church members - who are all too often overshadowed by the charlatans and frauds.