Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry


Time Out says

Whether director George Butler anticipated the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads or restructured his film to answer them, Going Upriver is an unabashed attempt to define the nature of Kerry's service in Vietnam and his subsequent efforts to save American lives by mobilizing Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Vivid documentary footage from Kerry's actual Swift boat and voiceover testimony from men he served with paint a portrait of a decent man in a depraved situation. But its monocled focus on a distinct slice of the past will make filmgoers on both sides of the political spectrum wonder, Will the Vietnam War never end?


Release details

130 mins

Cast and crew

George Butler
David Alston
Dan Barbiero
Douglas Brinkley
Harvey Bundy
Max Cleland
Bestor Cram
Chris Gregory
Richard Holbrooke
Bob Kerrey
John Kerry
Joe Klein
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