A a provocative and amusing study of a prolific actor's most defining role: Leader of the Free World.
The Reagan Show is an all-archival documentary. Teasing apart the spectacle at the heart of finger-on-the-button global diplomacy, the film follows Ronald Reagan's rivalry with the charismatic Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, tracing how the Communicator-in-Chief used his public relations chops to overcome Soviet mistrust, the objections of a sceptical press corps, and the looming threat of WWIII.
Chock full of wit and political irony, and told solely through 1980s network news and videotapes created by the Reagan administration itself, the film explores Reagan’s made-for-TV approach to politics as he faced down the United States’ greatest rival.
Running Time: 1hr 14mins
BBFC Advice: PG
Director(s): Sierra Pettengill & Pacho Velez
Country of Origin: USA
Year of release: 2017