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Crude (2009)

Unrated | | Documentary | 15 January 2010 (UK)
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The story of lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon.

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Joe Berlinger
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Ashley Dan Ashley ... Himself - ABC 7 News (archive footage)
Pablo Fajardo Pablo Fajardo ... Himself
Kent Robertson Kent Robertson ... Himself - Chevron
German Yanez German Yanez ... Himself (as Judge German Yanez)
Adolfo Callejas Adolfo Callejas ... Himself (as Dr. Adolfo Callejas)
Ebergeldo Criollo Ebergeldo Criollo ... Himself
Steve Donziger Steve Donziger ... Himself - Attorney
Atossa Soltani Atossa Soltani ... Herself
Joseph Kohn Joseph Kohn ... Himself - Attorney
Maria Garafalo Maria Garafalo ... Herself - San Carlos Resident
Sara McMillen Sara McMillen ... Herself - Chevron
Ricardo Reis Veiga Ricardo Reis Veiga ... Himself - Chevron
Diego Larrea Diego Larrea ... Himself - Attorney
Alejandro Ponce Alejandro Ponce ... Himself - Attorney
Rosa Moreno Rosa Moreno ... Herself - San Carlos Resident
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One of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. An inside look at the infamous $27 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" case, CRUDE is a real-life high stakes legal drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film examines a complicated situation from several angles while bringing a story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus. Written by Crude Production

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USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 January 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Argo petrelaio See more »

Filming Locations:

Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,595, 13 September 2009

Gross USA:

$170,295

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,881
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(European Film Market)

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The outtake footage used by Chevron was found to have been manipulated as part of its retaliatory case against the lawyers for the Ecuadorians. The judge who ordered the footage to be turned over to Chevron was opposed by many journalists and documentary filmmakers including Bill Moyers and Michael Moore. The mis-use of this footage helped to secure a verdict against the legal team for the Ecuadorians which was later called into serious question when Chevron's key witness admitted to lying on the stand and to receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars for his testimony. See more »

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Protester at 2008 Chevron Shareholders meeting: [Protester at 2008 Chevron Shareholders meeting] In Ecuador as in Nigeria, as in Richmond, as in Iraq, as in Burma, this company chose profit over people. It's clear that this company has no moral responsibility, no ethics. And that's why we're all here.
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Another Documentary To Get Your Dander Up, Over
27 November 2009 | by druid333-2See all my reviews

In the past 15 (or so)years,Joe Berlinger has certainly crafted his share of eye opening,edgy documentaries. From 'Brothers Keeper',to 'Paradise Lost',and 'Metallica:Some Kind Of Monster'(all co-directed with Bruce Sinofsky),and now,'Crude'. The film concerns a village in Amazonian South America (located in Ecuador)that attempts to take the oil giant,Chevron to court to sue for environmental damage & the mass destruction it has done to both the infrastructure,as well as the cancer that has resulted in Chevron's dumping of toxic oil spills in the water supply for the people who live in the various villages there. We get to view the talking heads on both sides of the argument (the villagers,the environmental advocates,as well as the oil companies and their scuzzy,bottom feeding, corporate ambulance chasers that back them up). Along the way,we are also treated to some vintage clips from Chevron's promotional films,which were generally screened to their stock holders at various meetings over the years,with countless misleading messages. As with other documentaries directed by Berlinger,some unpleasant video footage of the horrors of environmental rape brought on by careless dumping of toxic materials are to be expected (this is NOT a film for munching popcorn by,so be prepared). Spoken in Spanish with English subtitles,as well as English. Not rated by the MPAA,but contains some upsetting footage of the devastation of environmental damage & the horrors that result. Not a good choice for small children.


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