The Reagans How to make an ubercontroversial biopic: Cast the hubby of Democratic Party loyalist Barbra Streisand as the conservative, Bible-thumping Gipper. Write an aggressively corny script…
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The Reagans

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; With: James Brolin and Judy Davis; Distributor: CBS

How to make an ubercontroversial biopic: Cast the hubby of Democratic Party loyalist Barbra Streisand as the conservative, Bible-thumping Gipper. Write an aggressively corny script depicting the First Lady as a pill-popping, astrology-obsessed Mommie Dearest. And bluntly remind voters that the jelly-bean-loving President not only reacted apathetically toward the AIDS crisis but may have shown signs of Alzheimer's while still in the White House. Voila! You now have a unilateral three-hour movie about ''America's first dysfunctional family'' that GOPers -- and CBS -- deemed too incendiary for network TV (it ended up airing on Showtime).

EXTRAS Reaganiacs, proceed with caution: Uncensored extended scenes plus a candid Brolin interview and commentary by executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will only get your right-wing tongues wagging more.

Originally posted May 21, 2004 Published in issue #766 May 21, 2004 Order article reprints
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