Produced and directed by six-time Emmy winner Peter Kunhardt (HBO’s Jim: The James Foley Story, King in the Wilderness), along with Emmy winners George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt, John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls is an illuminating, exclusive profile of one of the most influential forces in modern American politics. Serving 31 years, the six-term senior Arizona senator agreed to participate in the film shortly after being diagnosed with brain cancer, providing unprecedented access to his daily life in Washington, D.C. and Sedona, Arizona.
This sweeping account combines the senator's own voice, culled from original interviews, commentary and speeches, with archival newsreel and television footage and previously unseen home movies and photographs. The film also features interviews with family, friends, colleagues and leading political figures.
Senator McCain’s battle with brain cancer underscored his fighting spirit and resilience as he continued to crusade for the causes he believed in, despite advancing health issues and daunting odds. What emerged is a portrait of an American maverick who kept his eye on the most important American goals.
Kunhardt Films’ previous HBO credits include the recent King in the Wilderness, the Emmy winner Jim: The James Foley Story, the PGA nominee The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee, Becoming Warren Buffett, the Emmy nominee Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words, the Emmy nominee Gloria: In Her Own Words and the Emmy winner Teddy: In His Own Words.