Traveling Hopefully

Traveling Hopefully is a 1982 American short documentary film directed by John G. Avildsen. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.[1] It focuses on Roger Nash Baldwin, founder of the American Civil Liberties Union. Baldwin tells of how he got interested in civil liberties, and mentions a number of the cases in which the ACLU defended people or entities.

Traveling Hopefully
Directed byJohn G. Avildsen
Produced bySteven Haft
StarringRoger Nash Baldwin
Norman Lear
Music byBill Conti
Arnuthfonyus Films
Distributed byFilms Inc.
Release date
  • 1982 (1982)
Running time
29 minutes
CountryUnited States


Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote "This is an amiable, well-intentioned documentary, but an extremely superficial one".[2] Also writing in the Times, John J. O'Connor stated that Traveling Hopefully "captures, with warmth, the admirable grittiness of an American original".[3]


  1. ^ "NY Times: Traveling Hopefully". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2012. Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2008.
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (January 6, 1982). "FILM: WATER POLLUTION AND ROGER BALDWIN PROFILE". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  3. ^ O'Connor, John J. (May 14, 1982). "TV WEEKEND; 'MARCO POLO,' 'PAIK ON THE AIR,' A.C.L.U. FOUNDER". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 19, 2021.

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