John Cassellis is the toughtest TV-news-reporter around. He becomes an expert in reporting about violence in the ghetto and racial tensions. But he discovers that his network helps the FBI by letting them look at his tapes to find suspects. When he protests he is fired and goes to the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Director Haskell Wexler’s fictional, experimental, and groundbreaking cinema verite docudrama film told about John Cassellis (Robert Forster) – a jaded news cameraman who worked against the backdrop of the actual 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.
The absorbing political drama about current events (at the time) and the role of the media was originally rated X (later re-rated to R a year later) because of violence, language and brief nudity.
It was the first mainstream American feature film to show full male and female nudity – although the director battled Paramount and the censorship board. He allegedly believed the film was Rated X for its controversial political tone and frequent obscenities rather than specifically for its nudity.
In the frequently-noted scene with very brief full-frontal nudity, John romped and ran nude around an apartment with sultry nurse and girlfriend Ruth (Marianna Hill).
Later, he became involved with widowed Eileen (Verna Bloom), a single mother from Appalachia who lost her husband in the Vietnam War, and soon was transformed from complacency to socially-conscious and aware.
Director: Haskell Wexler