Picks and Pans Review: Duel: Hamilton Vs. Burr

UPDATED 09/06/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/06/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

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In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr fatally wounded former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel—and to many that's still incredible. "It's as if Dick Cheney and Paul O'Neill came here to shoot at each other," marvels Richard Dreyfuss, host and cowriter of this worthy documentary, standing near the site of the event in Weehawken, N.J.

The first-rank corps of experts includes novelist Gore Vidal (Burr) and Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow. But Dreyfuss, with his genuine enthusiasm and curiosity, is the main reason Duel is a good deal more vital than the average history lesson.

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