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An Enemy of the People (1978)

 -  Drama  -  17 March 1978 (USA)
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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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O Inimigo do Povo  »

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This was a personal project for McQueen, as he made it to prove too many people that he could act. But Warner Bros. could not figure out how to distribute it and decided not to release it domestically. It had a very brief theatrical release in New York a few years after it was made. See more »

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McQueen fans were robbed by Warner Brothers
13 October 2004 | by (Winchester, England) – See all my reviews

First and foremost, I have waited 6 months to get this film and to watch it, I finally watched it and it was well worth the wait.

The film follows the Ibsen play very well, although I was a little disappointed with the way the film ended, it followed the story, but I don't think it was as effective as the book.

Steve McQueen is probably the only person who could bring Dr Thomas Stockman to life in the way he does. It's just a crying shame that this film never reached the cinemas (Warner Brothers didn't know what to do with it, after a few negitive reviews). Although Steve tried to get it realized in the art cinemas, it never reached the wider audience.

If you get the chance to see this film, then see it you will not be disappointed with it, Steve deserved an Oscar for his performance, (and also Papillon and the Sand Pebbles). No idea how many copies of this film are available, but I was lucky to get it imported, and I'm glad that I was able to get my hands on a copy

10 out of 10 for me


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