It’s 1968, and the whole world is watching. With the U.S. in social upheaval, famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler decided to make a film about what the hell was going on. Medium Cool, his debut feature, plunges us into the moment. With its mix of fictional storytelling and documentary technique, this depiction of the working world and romantic life of a television cameraman (Robert Forster) is a visceral cinematic snapshot of the era, climaxing with an extended sequence shot right in the middle of the riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. An inventive commentary on the pleasures and dangers of wielding a camera, Medium Cool is as prescient a political film as Hollywood has ever produced.

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Medium Cool (1969)

War/Romance/Drama · 1h 50m

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It’s 1968, and the whole world is watching. With the U.S. in social upheaval, famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler decided to make a film about what the hell was going on. Medium Cool, his debut feature, plunges us into the moment. With its mix of fictional storytelling and documentary technique, this depiction of the working world and romantic life of a television cameraman (Robert Forster) is a visceral cinematic snapshot of the era, climaxing with an extended sequence shot right in the middle of the riots surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. An inventive commentary on the pleasures and dangers of wielding a camera, Medium Cool is as prescient a political film as Hollywood has ever produced.

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Cast
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Robert Forster

John Cassellis
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Verna Bloom

Eileen
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Peter Bonerz

Gus
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Marianna Hill

Ruth
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Harold Blankenship

Harold
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Charles Geary

Harold's Father
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Sid McCoy

Frank Baker
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Christine Bergstrom

Dede
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William Sickingen

News Director
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Robert McAndrew

Pennybaker
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Marrian Walters

Social Worker
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Beverly Younger

Rich Lady
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Edward Croke

Plain-clothesman
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Doug Kimball

Newscaster
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Peter Boyle

Gun Clinic Manager
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Georgia Todda

Secretary
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Sandra Ann Roberts

Blonde in Car
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Janet Langhart

Maid
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Jeff Donaldson

Black Militant
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Bill Sharp

Black Militant
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Robert Paige

Black Militant
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Richard Abrams

Black Militant
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Walter Bradford

Black Militant
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Russell Davis

Black Militant
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Felton Perry

Black Militant
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Val Grey

Black Militant
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Livingston Lewis

Black Militant
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Barbara Jones

Black Militant
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John Jackson

Black Militant
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Linda Handelman

Gun Clinic Lady
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Maria Friedman

Gun Clinic Lady
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Kathryn Schubert

Gun Clinic Lady
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Barbara Brydenthal

Gun Clinic Lady
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Elizabeth Moisant

Gun Clinic Lady
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Rose Bormacher

Gun Clinic Lady
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China Lee

Roller Derby Patron
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Jim Jacobs

Kennedy Student (as James Jacobs)
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Spence Jackson

Kennedy Student
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Dorien Suhr

Kennedy Student
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Kenneth Whitener

Kennedy Student
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Connie Fleischauer

Kennedy Student
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Mary Smith

Kennedy Student
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Nancy Lee Noble

Kennedy Student (as Nancy Noble)
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Simone Zorn

Media Person
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Madeleine Marcou

Media Person
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Mickey Pallas

Media Person
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Morris Bleckman

Media Person
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Lester Brownlee

Media Person (as Lestre Brownlee)
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Linn Ehrlich

Media Person
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Wally Wright

Media Person
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Sam Ventura

Media Person
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George Bouillet

Media Person
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Richard J. Daley

Self (uncredited)
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Jesse Jackson

Self (uncredited)
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Robert F. Kennedy

Self - Giving Final Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Martin Luther King

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Sirri Murad

Self (uncredited)
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Haskell Wexler

Cameraman on Scaffold (uncredited)
Crew
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Haskell Wexler

Director
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Haskell Wexler

Writer
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Tully Friedman

Producer
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Haskell Wexler

Producer
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Haskell Wexler

Cinematograpy
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Verna Fields

Editor
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Mike Bloomfield

Music
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Chris Newman

Sound
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Leon Erickson

Art
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Medium Cool

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD, Low))

5/21/2013

Disc Title Front Cover

Medium Cool

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

5/21/2013

Disc Title Front Cover

Medium Cool

(DVD)

12/11/2001

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