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You Thought 2016 Was Intense? Watch This Exclusive Clip of the Gore Vidal vs. William F. Buckley Brawl

Best of Enemies co-director Robert Gordon confessed to me a while back that his biggest fear was that "people won't go see this movie because they think it's going to be boring." It isn't. The documentary—which premieres October 3 at 10 p.m. on PBS (Independent Lens)—chronicles the often fiery debates between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal that ABC aired during the 1968 election cycle in an effort to boost ratings.
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