Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down



Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 96%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 171

Plot summary

August 06, 2022 at 12:23 PM


Julie Cohen

Top cast

Barack Obama as Self
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905.19 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 38 min
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1.82 GB
English 5.1
23.976 fps
1 hr 38 min
P/S 0 / 5

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by rannynm 10 / 10

Beautiful Portrait Of Resilience And Optimism; Speaks To A Timely Political Issue

A beautiful portrait of resilience and optimism, Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down is an uplifting film about Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and speaks to a timely political issue for audiences of all political affiliations. Giffords' passion and perseverance are not only inspiring, but also enrich the film through her interviews; archival footage and sound bites from her husband and mother are also well-placed and add greatly to the film.

Gabby Giffords is shot through the head at point-blank range at a Tucson, Arizona, Safeway in 2011 while hosting a meeting called, "Congress on Your Corner." That moment, that one bullet, would change her life entirely, as she went from a powerhouse to a nearly vegetative patient. The film shows some admittedly difficult-to-watch clips of Giffords' recovery in the hospital. She suffered from aphasia, which took away her language ability, and her doctors weren't sure if she would ever speak again. Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down follows her journey of recovery and also shows glimpses of her career and the path she took post-recovery. We see a strong, intelligent, inspiring, and spirited woman who has achieved, and is continuing to achieve, a great deal.

The film is edited masterfully and tells a rousing and moving story that enraptures viewers from the first frame. One of the most unique parts of Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down is that we see Gabby speaking in all stages of her journey - hearing Giffords' voice is one of the most compelling aspects of the film, and it adds many endearing, bittersweet, and motivating moments. And what a journey: She gave up her big job to come home and run the family business, then transitioned to a TV commercial star, then to an Arizona Democrat-while staying an enthusiastic and charming cheerleader throughout. I especially love the scenes where Giffords is singing with her mother; not only does it show the strength of their bond, but Giffords is more at ease because, as with many who have aphasia or other brain-related injuries, her speech is most fluid when singing.

Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down is a film about perseverance. Even though watching Gabby go through the relearning process is difficult for viewers, it is also empowering - it shows us that the human spirit, when set on achieving something, will achieve it... and how! Today, she is giving speeches, lobbying for change, and at the forefront of one of America's hottest discussions: the gun debate. Though there are mentions of the NRA and a decent amount of focus is placed on Giffords-Gabby's organization against gun violence-this film, much like Giffords herself, is not particularly bent toward one political ideology or party. There are mentions of politics, violence, and a good bit of gory imagery.

I give Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down 5 stars out of 5 and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down is available now in theaters. By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST.

Reviewed by mapaalumni 10 / 10

Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down

Attending the premier was my pre-BD gift to myself. Made by the women who gave us RBG, this documentary about a truly great American woman should be seen by everyone. Her miraculous "recovery" and commitment will hopefully get each of us to Do our part in any way we can to support her efforts. And thank you Mark Kelly for the moving and sensitive videos.

Reviewed by ferguson-6 7 / 10


Greetings again from the darkness. If you get shot in the head, you will likely die. If somehow you survive, and never fully regain speaking competence or full physical coordination, what would be your outlook on life and on gun control? Gabby Giffords, a former member of the U. S. Congress, did survive, and co-directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West (the duo behind the 2018 documentary, RBG) show us that Gabby remains a committed optimist and activist ... a gunshot victim, a gun owner, and a gun control activist with reasonable goals for gun ownership. She confidently proclaims, "I'm not against guns. I'm against gun violence."

It was January 8, 2011, when Gabby (I'm referring to her this way out of ultimate respect and because this is how she often refers to herself) was meeting and greeting her constituents outside the front doors of a Safeway store in suburban Tucson. A gunman opened fire attempting to assassinate her, and in the process, shot 19 people, killing six - including a federal judge and a young girl. Though initially reported as dead, Gabby did survive despite the bullet passing through her skull and brain. Gabby's husband, Space Shuttle Endeavor Commander Mark Kelly, decided to film her in the hospital for the days and weeks after the shooting, so that one day she could see what she had endured. Some of these segments are quite difficult to watch, especially when we see her uncontrollably repeating the word "chicken", and subsequently breaking down with her speech pathologist. These segments convince us of two things: Gabby's recovery was remarkable, and she's an incredibly determined person.

Filmmakers Cohen and West provide some background on Gabby. After graduating college, she had a NYC job with a large firm, and resigned that to move back home and run El Campo Tire, the family business. We even see her appearance in a local TV commercial, her charm and leadership skills clearly on display. After negotiating the sale of the business. She turned her attention to politics and we see some of her early campaigning. Articulate, forceful, and immediately likable, Gabby was a moderate who used logic in the stands she took, and was a rising political star on the national scene. We hear from Gabby's parents, as well as her stepdaughter, who admits to not being especially warm to Gabby when her dad (Mark Kelly) began dating her. It's refreshing to see that their relationship is quite strong today.

Aphasia is a disorder that affects a person's ability to communicate. There can be few things worse for anyone, especially a politician. Former President Barack Obama is interviewed and speaks glowingly of Gabby as a politician and a person; however, it's the relationship between Gabby and husband Mark that is the heart of her recovery, her work since, and his successful run for Congress in 2020. This is the husband that commanded the Space Shuttle concurrently with his wife's latest brain surgery. The couple founded a gun control organization in 2013, and it's now known simply as "Giffords". We see Gabby's triumphant return to Washington, DC, and understand her subsequent resignation a few months later. This is the story of a unique and strong woman in a true relationship with a strong man. Together they do amazing things. Consider me "Gabbyfied".

Opened in theaters on July 15, 2022.

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ironbob September 15, 2022 at 06:30 am

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3inchsteel August 06, 2022 at 06:24 pm

More pro-government propaganda

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