The Reagans (2003)

TV Movie  |  TV-14  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  30 November 2003 (USA)
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A more leftist look at the legacy and career of Ronald Reagan.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shad Hart ...
Ron Reagan Jr.
Richard Fitzpatrick ...
Dr. Loyal Davis (as Francis Xavier McCarthy)
Frank Moore ...
Stewart Bick ...


A more leftist look at the legacy and career of Ronald Reagan.

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The film they didn't want you to see!


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Producers had set up filming in Toronto in 2003 when the SARS outbreak hit the town. They were forced to scratch nearly all their preparations and move filming to Montreal. They had to find new locations, hire a Montreal-based crew, and import English-speaking actors from Toronto and New York. The last-minute switch cost about $1.5 million, which they made up by cuts from the script and sets. See more »


President Jimmy Carter phones Reagan to concede the 4 November 1980 election when there is still bright afternoon sunshine at Reagan's house in California. In actuality, Carter called to concede about 6pm Pacific Time, which would have been dusk at Reagan's house. See more »


Ronald Reagan: If you don't mind, this administration has to pee.
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References Bedtime for Bonzo (1951) See more »

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Good Docudrama, with Excellent Acting
1 December 2003 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

Despite all the bad mouthing of this television movie, I was surprised by the quality of the film, the actors, the editing, and production. I think it ranks with many other good docudramas, telling the story of Ron and Nancy Reagan's life together, from mainly the perspective of Nancy and her quirky, ambitious, controlling personality. Was it a fair and balanced portrayal? Well, only those close to the Reagans can tell us, but it seemed fair to me, pointing out the strong and weak points of both characters. James Brolin did a superb job of acting --I thought it was Emmy material. And all the supporting family members and White House staff (etc.) come across fairly well drawn. Al Haig's character comes off right on! I hear criticism that the characters were one-dimensional, but I didn't find that to be the case at all. I thought it was worth an 8 out of 10.

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