Moving Pictures
Apr 09, 2009, 08:13AM

Where are all the biopics of conservatives?

This would be good:

"God and Man: The William F. Buckley Story"

William F. Buckley, one of the fathers of modern conservatism, is often seen as a somewhat aloof character. But he was a very interesting person when you start to peel back the various layers of his personality. Even for a non-conservative filmmaker, his life would be an intriguing study. When he published God and Man at Yale in 1951, Buckley was something of a lone voice in the wilderness, but his founding of National Review made him a leader in a movement that redefined American politics. Plus, his prolific television career provides many great moments that could be re-enacted. Specifically, his penchant for threatening to punch his TV debate partners (such as Gore Vidal and Noam Chomsky) in the face could provide a few laughs.

And the Oscar goes to ... Jon Voight (yes the Jon Voight) who wins Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Buckley in his later years.

  • William F. Buckley was an icon for the conservative movement, as well as a fascinating personality with diverse interests, but what's the hook for a Hollywood movie? A great documentary, certainly, but nothing that would bring in a big box office.

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