All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State
All About Ann celebrates the achievements of larger-than-life Ann Richards, who became the first elected female governor of Texas. Her cool demeanor, acid wit, and passion for social inclusivity made her one of the most powerful and progressive governors in U.S. history, a liberal democrat intent on building “the new Texas.” But, when the 1994 election begins, Richards is faced with her toughest challenge yet, as an increasingly conservative majority turn towards a new, pro-business candidate: George W. Bush.
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★★★★ review by adelaideblair on Letterboxd
I will love Ann Richards until the day I die.
★★★★ review by Nathan Chandler on Letterboxd
Ann Richards’ run as governor in Texas is something that was always a little on my radar, but I was too young at the time to really care about politics. I was very anxious to see this HBO documentary, not so much to learn about the exuberant personality of Richards, but mainly to see how in the world a female Democrat was able to be elected in such a Republican, male-dominated state like Texas.
Ann Richards was one-of-a-kind, and regardless of what political side you lean toward, it’s a shame that we don’t have more smart, passionate people like her in today’s political landscape. Her personality and charm is infectious and it’s amazing to see what an uphill battle she had in Texas government. As a born Texan, it made me a little sad that I wasn’t more aware of her presence as I was growing up. Even if you aren’t into politics at all, her speeches ooze with a humor that would be enjoyable to listen to in any setting.
★★★★ review by Kevin You on Letterboxd
I'm in tears
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