FRONTLINE: Supreme Revenge The bitter, partisan battle that played out during Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings reflected deep divisions in Washington that may seem unique to America's current political and social moment.
But as this FRONTLINE investigation reveals, the intense politicization on display during the Supreme Court confirmation process - and the transformation of the Court itself - has been a shift decades in the making.
In Supreme Revenge, FRONTLINE's acclaimed political team draws on dozens of interviews with key current and former U.S. senators - including Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) - White House and congressional staffers, insiders from multiple presidential administrations, legal experts, authors and journalists to investigate how America reached this moment.
The film tells the essential political history of how a 30-year-old grievance transformed the Court and turned confirmations into vehemently partisan conflicts - tracing how the failed nomination of President Ronald Reagan's Supreme Court pick Robert Bork sparked a desire for revenge from Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that would ultimately help shape the court for decades to come. Offering both critical context on the state of America's judicial system and a gripping political narrative, Supreme Revenge is a must-watch look at the battle for control of America's highest court.
Producer: Michael Kirk, Mike Wiser, Philip Bennett, Gabrielle Schonder, Jim Gilmore
Executive Producer: Raney Aronson-Rath
Production Year: 2019
Copyright Year: 2019
Director: Michael Kirk
Host: Jim Gilmore, Gabrielle Schonder
Writers: Michael Kirk, Mike Wiser
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen