The award winning CAN MR. SMITH GET TO WASHINGTON ANYMORE? is the inspiring story of a modern-day Mr. Smith s quixotic campaign to win the 2006 Missouri Democratic primary with little more than political savvy, tireless work, and passionate leadership over a committed group of grassroots volunteers that grows from a few friends to more than 500 by election day.
When twenty-nine-year-old Jeff Smith decides to run for the congressional seat of the retiring Democratic party leader Richard Gephardt, his family and friends think he s crazy. With no political experience, no name recognition, and no money, how can he possibly hope to defeat Russ Carnahan, the wealthy son of a Missouri political dynasty and the favorite of the political establishment and media?
At once an indictment of our often complacent and corrupt political system, CAN MR. SMITH GET TO WASHINGTON ANYMORE? is also a celebration of what a small group of passionate people can still accomplish in a democracy.
DVD Features: Political Forum: Russ Carnahan and Jeff Smith; Deleted Scenes; Canvassing Outtakes; Additional Outtakes; Trailer
The Mr. Smith of the title is Jeff Smith, a penniless political candidate in the 2006 Missouri Democratic primary. Smith's campaign seems doomed to fail, largely due to his joint lack of political savvy and campaign funds. But this documentary on Smith's inspired candidacy offers a few surprises and a heartwarming demonstration of the human spirit.