- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 29, 2008
- Originally Released: 1984
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Bonus Footage: Bill Bailey Stories: Outtakes from THE GOOD FIGHT
- Interviews: Interview with the Filmmakers (1988)
- "Homage with Pete Seeger"
- "Commemoration of Those Who Served"
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 03/28/1984
"...Both sorrowful and inspiring..."
A stunning account of the brave men and women who went to Spain under the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Banner.
Description by Kino on Video:
The fight for the freedom of Loyalist Spain during the 1936-39 civil war pitted an International Brigade of 40,000 civilian soldiers from 51 nations against the well-equipped insurgents of Generalissimo Francisco Franco, leading fascist officers and troops from Spanish Morocco. Additional aid to Franco came via the Nazi Condor Legion of Junker bombers and Italian fighter planes from Mussolini, who wanted to try out his new weaponry in anticipation of the larger war to come.
Spurred by their government's failure to aid Spanish democracy, 3,200 American volunteers fought with distinction in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade within the international volunteer army. Lincoln veterans (over 1,000 were killed in Spain) returned home after the Loyalist defeat to encounter suspicion as "premature anti-fascists." Branded Communist sympathizers, blacklisted for years and unable to get work, many paid dearly for their good fight.
Narrated by Studs Terkel, The Good Fight explores a significant gap in our history through its use of archival footage, newsreels, still photographs, interviews with Lincoln veterans and other Depression-era artifacts. The eleven surviving veterans of the war who appear in this tough, ironical film share a common pride in their sacrifices of fifty years ago when the rise of world fascism crushed the spirit of democracy in a tragic rehearsal for World War II.
Documentary about the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, a collection of 3200 Americans who served in the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s. Through a mix of new interviews and archival footage, the film explains why this varied assortment of men and women voluntarily enlisted in the battle against the Spain's fascist government and depicts the obstacles they faced before, during, and after the fighting.
- Project historian: David Paskin. Additional voice: Father Coughlin.
- Interview subjects included: Bill Bailey, Ed Balchowsky, Ruth Davidow, Evelyn Hutchins.
- Major funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- "The Good Fight" includes clips from the 1938 William Dieterle film, "Blockade," which was written by John Howard Lawson and starred Henry Fonda.
- Some TV prints run only 85 minutes.