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John McCain: Introduction (02:03)


See a quote from "For Whom the Bell Tolls." McCain is proud of his life; he has been tested many times. He looks back on his life with gratitude and feels fortunate.

Brain Cancer and Personal Drive (05:11)

McCain and his family reflect on his diagnosis and health. McCain continues to work in Washington, D.C.; experts consider his workplace popularity, ethics, and strength. "For Whom the Bell Tolls" has been a guide for McCain.

McCain's Background (03:24)

McCain was born in 1936; his family's military history dates back to the Revolutionary War. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy with the intention of becoming a naval aviator; he was rebellious.

Prisoner of War (02:51)

Pilots began striking targets in Hanoi. McCain was shot down and taken prisoner; family members recall learning about his capture.

Injuries and Torture (05:12)

McCain reflects on his time as a P.O.W. His ex-wife Carol McCain discusses the film that was made during this time; see footage. McCain and John Fer recall torture techniques.

Family Connections (02:59)

Henry Kissinger never heard Admiral McCain talk to the president about his son; the admiral visited the DMZ at Christmas. McCain's daughter Sidney was a year old when her father was shot down. See interview footage of McCain's family during his time of capture.

Policy Changes and Release (04:27)

After four years of capture, jailers began grouping prisoners together and stopped the beatings. "Christmas bombings" hit strategic targets in Hanoi; prisoners celebrated. McCain and others were released in March 1973.

Anti-War Movement and Adjusting (03:07)

John Kerry addresses the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. McCain reflects on American perceptions and the period of adjustment after returning home. He became a Navy liaison and interested in politics.

McCain's Romantic Life (02:13)

McCain's marriage to Carol was falling apart when he met his future second wife Cindy; the divorce caused a rift in the family.

Work and Family Life (06:46)

In March 1981, McCain's father died. McCain retired from the Navy and entered politics. He and Carol decided to raise their children in Arizona; McCain worked in D.C. and came home on the weekends.

Political Crisis (04:46)

See coverage of the scandal involving Charles Keating and Lincoln Savings and Loan. Several hearings occurred, taking its toll on McCain and Carol. In February 1991, the committee found McCain guilty of bad judgment, but that he broke no laws.

Campaign Finance Reform (03:24)

McCain stepped away from the majority of his party and formed the bipartisan coalition. Ted Kennedy enjoyed working with McCain; politicians reflect on McCain's integrity and work ethic.

Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs (05:27)

Kerry and McCain disagreed about Kerry's activities against the war but agreed to obtain a full accounting on those missing in action and the normalization of relations between Vietnam and the U.S. There was no evidence proving the Vietnamese held American prisoners. President Clinton normalized relations in 1995.

Presidential Candidacy: 2000 (07:57)

McCain decided to run for president in the 2000 election and ran his campaign on transparency. See footage of the Straight Talk Express and Kerry addressing rumors about McCain's stability. McCain beat George W. Bush in the New Hampshire primaries.

South Carolina Primary (08:09)

The Bush and McCain campaign began running negative ads. The McCains' adopted daughter Bridget became a focus of the campaign. McCain withdrew from his bid for candidacy.

Politics and Human Rights (07:20)

McCain redoubled his efforts on campaign finance reform and endeavored to learn about climate change. He returned to Hoa Lo Prison. See images of the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners; McCain targets unacceptable behavior.

Presidential Candidacy: 2008 (05:46)

The events of 9/11 had a profound effect on the United States and the American electorate. Barack Obama reflects on running against McCain. See footage from McCain and Obama's campaign.

Presidential Election, 2008 (08:01)

McCain wanted Joe Lieberman as his running mate, but chose Sarah Palin. See footage from McCain's campaign and his concession speech.

Terminal Diagnosis (07:15)

McCain was diagnosed with a brain tumor; friends and loved ones reflect on telltale signs something was wrong. McCain underwent surgery to remove a blood clot behind his eye; the Senate delayed a vote on the healthcare bill until his return.

Facing the End of Life (05:29)

McCain reflects on his health and greets the future with joy; Robert Jordan is still his hero. McCain addresses an audience about his years of service to America. See a list of successful causes McCain fought for in Congress.

Credits: John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls (02:01)

Credits: John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls

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Produced and directed by six-time Emmy® winner Peter Kunhardt, along with Emmy® winners George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt, John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls is a biographical profile of one of the most influential forces in modern American politics, Arizona Senator John McCain. The son and grandson of two Navy admirals, McCain is a former Navy pilot who was shot down in Vietnam and spent over five years in a POW camp, returning to forge a career as one of our country’s most passionate and formidable members of Congress. Now 81, the six-term Republican senator and two-time presidential candidate sat down for interviews for this film just a few weeks after being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017, and provided unprecedented access to his daily life in Washington, D.C. and Sedona, Ariz. The film also features interviews with family, friends, colleagues and leading political figures.

Length: 105 minutes

Item#: BVL154654

Copyright date: ©2018

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