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The Corporation (2003)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 4 June 2004 (USA)
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Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors:

Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott (co-director)

Writers:

Joel Bakan, Joel Bakan (based on the book "The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power" by) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mikela Jay ... Herself - Narrator (voice) (as Mikela J. Mikael)
Rob Beckwermert Rob Beckwermert ... Actor - Dramatizations
Christopher Gora Christopher Gora ... Actor - Dramatizations
Nina Jones Nina Jones ... Actor - Dramatizations
Richard Kopycinski Richard Kopycinski ... Actor - Dramatizations
Karen Lam ... Actor - Dramatizations
Sean Lang Sean Lang ... Actor - Dramatizations
Bert Phillips Bert Phillips ... Actor - Dramatizations
Diana Wilson Diana Wilson ... Actor - Dramatizations
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Akre Jane Akre ... Herself - Investigative Reporter
Ray Anderson Ray Anderson ... Himself - CEO, Interface
Joe Badaracco Joe Badaracco ... Himself - Professor of Business Ethics, Harvard Business School
Maude Barlow ... Herself - Chairperson, Council of Canadians
Chris Barrett ... Himself - Corporate Sponsored University Students
Marc Barry Marc Barry ... Himself - Competitive Intelligence Professional
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Storyline

Since the late 18th century American legal decision that the business corporation organizational model is legally a person, it has become a dominant economic, political and social force around the globe. This film takes an in-depth psychological examination of the organization model through various case studies. What the study illustrates is that in the its behaviour, this type of "person" typically acts like a dangerously destructive psychopath without conscience. Furthermore, we see the profound threat this psychopath has for our world and our future, but also how the people with courage, intelligence and determination can do to stop it. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Corporation See more »

Filming Locations:

Celebration, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,671, 6 June 2004

Gross USA:

$3,493,516

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,605,682
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) |

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The company "Cantor Fitzgerald" featured in this documentary as sponsoring September 11th Attacks compensation for a publicity stunt was not actually in fact doing so out of publicity. Howard Lutnick, CF's CEO, had a brother killed on 9/11 and over 600 of his staff killed since CF's offices were above the impact point of the planes in the World Trade Center. CF was in ruins and had set its headquarters up in a makeshift external office after 9/11, struggling to keep itself afloat. Lutnick, unsure of how to help grieving families and in mourning himself, vowed to set up a charity to get compensation funds for all the 9/11 survivors and families of deceased CF employees. This proved very difficult but the promise was kept. However in 2003, at the time The Corporation was initially released, Lutnick and CF were under suspicion from 9/11 survivors and the families of victims, who were beginning to think that he had made false promises and that his motives were far less than altruistic. It was said that CF would profit more from 9/11 in the long run and that Lutnick wanted money out of the disaster, hence the company being featured in this documentary. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: 150 years ago, the business corporation was a relatively insignificant institution. Today, it is all-pervasive. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, the corporation is today's dominant institution. This documentary examines the nature, evolution, impacts, and possible futures of the modern business corporation. Initially given a narrow legal mandate, what has allowed today's corporation to achieve such extraordinary power and influence ...
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Often shocking and hits home
20 March 2011 | by gizmomogwaiSee all my reviews

Joel Bakan, who served as a clerk for Chief Justice Brian Dickson and advocated for human rights against governments, now takes aim at corporations in this documentary. On the way he gets a little help from friends like Naomi Klein and Michael Moore. The stuff exposed in the final product can be shocking and hits home even if the presentation is fairly one-sided. From stuff little-known like businessmen trying to overthrow Franklin Roosevelt and aiding Nazi death camps, to a reminder of Kathy Lee Gifford's sweatshops. It questions the ethics of applying patents on life and rain water. This is a story that needs to be heard, even if it needs to be balanced.

I first saw most of the movie as part of a sociology course. We considered the concept of a corporation as a person, and how if it were a person it can fit the definition of a psychopath. While it may sound extreme to apply that label to men running businesses, sadly there is some truth to it. Even if this movie doesn't convince me corporations should be banned, it demonstrates why they should not have absolute power and personhood. The stuff about Bolivia having a revolt shows people being pushed can push back, and raises questions of how we may see more of that which is alarming from a security perspective. All of this is helped by use of metaphors and pop culture and the calm, female voice of the narrator. Everyone shaping a national economy should see this movie.


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