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An Enemy of the People (1978)

 -  Drama  -  17 March 1978 (USA)
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A scientist stands against an entire town when he discovers their medicinal spa is polluted.

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Based on a play by Henrik Ibsen. A small forest town is trying to promote itself as a place for tourists to come enjoy the theraputic hot springs and unspoiled nature. Dr. Stockmann, however, makes the inconvenient discovery that the nature around the village is not so unspoiled. In fact, the runoff from the local tanning mill has contaminated the water to a dangerous degree. The town fathers argue that cleaning up the mess would be far too expensive and the publicity would destroy the town's reputation, so therefore news of the pollution should be suppressed. Dr. Stockmann decides to fight to get the word out to the people, but receives as very mixed reaction. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The tragedy of a an honest man destroyed by a town's greed. [Video] See more »

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17 March 1978 (USA)  »

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O Inimigo do Povo  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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It was hard for McQueen once he found the book to convince his partners at First Artists to make the film, he agreed to take a union scale fee and promised to keep the budget under 3 million. See more »

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Version of Ein Volksfeind (1998) See more »

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Excellent despite its press.
20 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Not the usual Steve McQueen fare for sure, but look beyond trying to see the actor in "The Magnificent Seven" or the "Great Escape" and you'll see an excellent movie with a message.

Watch it on a cold night with your wife/girlfriend when you don't have to get up early the next day.


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