Beyond the Beltway: Mort's Movie

This is a partial transcript from "The Beltway Boys", March 12, 2005, that has been edited for clarity.

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FRED BARNES, CO-HOST: "Saving Milly" is the made-for-TV movie based on Mort’s book, which airs on CBS Sunday night, March 13 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

Now, we usually do our Beyond-the-Beltway segment. But now we thought we’d break that format to allow Mort to talk more about the movie.

And, and Mort, you know, I really thought that, you know, Hollywood and so on, they’d scrub any mention of religion in "Saving Milly" (search).

MORT KONDRACKE, CO-HOST: Yes, no, there’s a lot of religion in this movie. And thanks to CBS for, for leaving it in and the producers and the director and all that.

One item is what you saw. I mean, praying. We, we haven’t done a lot of praying on the set, but you and I over the years have done a lot of praying together. Milly lost her faith when, at the time of her diagnosis with, with Parkinson’s disease (search). But as the movie shows, it was restored. And there’s some in there about what, what became my sort of philosophy of life, which I call Christian stoicism, which is to play the hand you’re dealt and ask God’s help every step of the way.

BARNES: Mort, it’s also a movie with — well, actually a couple of messages. One, of course, is the courage of Milly in, in fighting Parkinson’s disease. But there’s also a message for Washington in there.


BARNES: What was that?

KONDRACKE: Yes, this is a love story with a message.


KONDRACKE: And the message basically is that, that medical research is an investment not only in humanity, but it’s also an economic in, investment. And I have to say that the Bush administration is blowing it by cutting medical research below inflation. Not good.

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