‘For Whom the Bell Tolls:’ McCain HBO documentary premieres Memorial Day

Matt Saintsing
May 25, 2018 - 11:28 am

Photo Courtesy of National Archives


Premiering on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, the day for which we honor those who have died in the service to our nation, HBO’s “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls,” offers an exclusive profile of one of the country’s most prominent political voices.

The documentary is blend together original interviews, speeches, commentary, footage from the Vietnam War, previously unseen family videos and photographs, and voices from the political elite.

The trailer opens with McCain walking with Gilley, a four-year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever, seemingly at his Arizona home. “I’ve been tested a number of times,” says McCain.

“I haven’t always done the right thing. But you will never talk to anyone that is as fortunate as John McCain,” he says wearing a wide-smile as he looks directly into the camera.

In the documentary, former president Bill Clinton sums up what he thinks about the distinguished Republican Senator from Arizona: “McCain was always able to break the mold he was in, if it was clearly the right thig to do. And that’s an invaluable commodity.”

George W. Bush makes a rare appearance, as does Barack Obama, McCain’s 2008 presidential rival. But the real star of the show is obviously McCain who offers a vital remark: “We need to give the American people what they deserve, and right now, they’re not getting it.”  

The same could be said about McCain himself, as of late.

It premiers 8:00PM ET on Monday, May 28, and will be available on demand the following day.

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