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||IMDB Rating: 7.7/10 from 138 votes
||Release: 2 March 2012 (USA) /
||Genre: Documentary, History, News
||Director: Frances Causey,
||Stars: Alan Blinder, David Brock, David Green, Deepak Bhargava, Donna Edwards, Gar Alperovitz, Jakada Imani, Jeff Faux, Jovanka Beckles, Kim Berry, Leo Gerard, Leslie Griffith, Robert Crandall, Robert Kuttner, Thom Hartmann
||Synopsis: Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? reveals how American corporations orchestrated the dismantling of middle-class prosperity through rampant deregulation, the outsourcing of jobs, and tax policies favoring businesses and the wealthy. The collapse of the U.S. economy is the result of conscious choices made over thirty five years by a small group: leaders of corporations and their elected allies, and the biggest lobbying interest in Washington, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. To these individuals, the collapse is not a catastrophe, but rather the planned outcome of their long, patient work. For the rest of the country, it is merely the biggest heist in American history. Written by Anonymous
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"Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?" is a documentary polemic that
comes out swinging. I More About This Movie Overview New York Times
Review Cast, Credits & Awards Readers' Reviews "The mess we're in now
did not begin on Wall Street. Long before the financial collapse, the
dismantlement of government regulation was well under way. All the
consequences are the result of a brilliantly executed coup. This is the
story of the biggest heist in American history."
Coup? The common notion is of a group of generals overthrowing a
government and installing a military regime.
Heist? The word conjures images of masked, armed crooks robbing a bank
and escaping in a getaway car.
But in today's political climate of overheated rhetoric, dropping
loaded words may be the only way to get attention.
Be that as it may, this project, produced and directed by Frances
Causey and Donald Goldmacher, has the virtue of taking the long view of
a crisis that recent films like "Inside Job" and "Too Big to Fail" have
only sketchily explored. It makes a strong case that government
regulation of business is essential for democracy to flourish. One of
many pertinent observations from a host of experts is that the rich
really don't need the government as much as everybody else.
Ms. Causey, who had a 14-year career as a journalist for CNN, wrote
"Heist" with Hollis Rich. Mr. Goldmacher is a documentarian whose first
film, "Do No Harm," examined the marketing and research practices of
the pharmaceutical industry.
To say that the ideas in "Heist," which locates the source of our
current troubles in a famous 1971 memorandum, belongs to the paranoid
conspiracy school of history is not to suggest that its point of view
isn't fairly persuasive. Conspiracies exist.
The seeds of the financial crisis, the film maintains, were sown by
Lewis F. Powell Jr., a Virginia lawyer and representative of the
tobacco industry who later became an associate justice of the United
States Supreme Court. In a confidential memo to the United States
Chamber of Commerce, "Attack on the American Free Enterprise System,"
he urged American corporations to take a much stronger role in
influencing politics and law.
The memorandum helped spur the formation of advocacy research
organizations like the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute and
paved the way for lobbyists to descend on Washington. In 1978, while on
the Supreme Court, Powell successfully argued for the right of
corporations to make political contributions.
The movement to deregulate government control of corporations and to
disempower organized labor accelerated after the 1980 presidential
election. An early public battle in 1981 pitted Ronald Reagan against
striking air traffic controllers. The film says that the number of
American workers in unions has dwindled to 1 out of 14, from 1 in 3 in
The filmmakers swiftly tick off legislation that they regard as
concerted class warfare waged by corporations in collusion with
corporate-controlled news media against the middle and working class:
Starting in 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement, which
encouraged the outsourcing of cheap labor; the 1999 repeal of parts of
the Glass-Steagall Act, which had separated commercial and investment
banking; and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000, which
deregulated over-the-counter derivatives, allowed financial
institutions to run wild. Both major political parties, they argue,
promoted deregulation fever.
"Heist" feels rushed. Many of its points could use elaboration. Its
final section is a to-do list delivered in the tone of a high school
civics teacher: restore fair taxation; make Wall Street play by the
rules; build communities; develop efficient and sustainable energy
through "a green New Deal"; and restore the labor movement.
It all sounds peachy. The only way for these things to happen is
through a widespread grass- roots awakening. (To point the way, the
film offers scattered hopeful examples of constructive, do-it-yourself
activism.) The Occupy Wall Street movement may be a sign of that. Or
Who Stole the American Dream?
Opens on Friday in Manhattan.
Produced and directed by Donald Goldmacher and Frances Causey; written
by Ms. Causey and Hollis Rich; narrated by Thom Hartmann; director of
photography, Rogelio Garcia; music by David Raiklen; released by
Connecting the Dots Productions. At the Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th
Street, Greenwich Village. Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes. This film
is not rated.
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, David Brock
, David Green
, Deepak Bhargava
, Donna Edwards
, Gar Alperovitz
, Jakada Imani
, Jeff Faux
, Jovanka Beckles
, Kim Berry
, Leo Gerard
, Leslie Griffith
, Robert Crandall
, Robert Kuttner
, Thom Hartmann
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