Cast : Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, Marianna Hill
Producer(s) or Production Company : Tully Friedman, Haskell Wexler, Jerrold Wexler
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Haskell Wexler

Wexler, born to a Jewish family in Chicago in 1922, was an American cinematographer, film producer and director. He was judged to be one of film history’s ten most influential cinematographers in a survey of the members of the International Cinematographers Guild. He worked on documentaries throughout his career.  Wexler served as the cinematographer on his first big-budget film, Elia Kazan’s America, America.He has worked steadily in Hollywood thereafter. Wexler died at the age of 93.


The central character, John Cassellis (Robert Forster), is a detached TV news photographer for a local Chicago station who has his conscience pricked and then ignited while covering the events leading up to the violent riots that accompanied the Democratic party’s convention.

Medium Cool
111 min

Nominations / Awards

Won-Grand Prize (Director)-Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival 1969, National Film Registry-National Film Preservation Board, USA 2003. Nominated-DGA Award(DGA Award)-Directors Guild of America, USA 1970

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