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Debs film set for premiere in W. Ind. hometown

January 7, 2014
Associated Press

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A movie based loosely on the legacy of early 20th century labor leader Eugene Debs is set to premiere in his western Indiana hometown next month.

Scenes for "The Drunk" were filmed in Terre Haute in 2011 and 2012, with Terre Haute native William Tanoos portraying Debs' fictional grandson who is running for governor against a corrupt prosecutor played by veteran actor Tom Sizemore. Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura portrays the sitting governor.

Co-director Paul Fleschner tells the Tribune-Star ( that the movie will premiere Feb. 15 at the Indiana Theatre in downtown Terre Haute.

Debs was a prominent union leader and a Socialist Party presidential candidate in the early 1900s. He died in 1926.


Information from: Tribune-Star,



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