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Primary (1960)




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Travel back to the Wisconsin Democratic Primary between Kennedy and Humphrey with this very first candid view of a Presidential primary.

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Critic Reviews for Primary

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Primary wasn't just illuminating, it was groundbreaking.

August 20, 2020 | Full Review…
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Robert Drew and his ingenious, talented and forward thinking filmmaking crew... broke open the stuffy world of narrated documentaries and embarked on a new frontier.

October 20, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[Primary proves] there is nothing more inherently correlated with the ideals of [documentary] storytelling than elections.

June 2, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Gives us a riveting insider's look at the political process.

November 23, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

no documentary has since captured the inside views of a Presidential campaign so naturally

September 1, 2012 | Rating: A | Full Review…

This impressive filmed record of the 1960 presidential primary documents the showdown between Hubert Humphrey and John F. Kennedy as if it were still a contest.

July 31, 2008 | Full Review…

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