Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 3,441 users  
Reviews: 53 user | 16 critic

A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda.

0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott
Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: John Junkerman
Stars: Noam Chomsky
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Linguist, intellectual and activist, Noam Chomsky discusses and reflects on the state of world events including the War in Iraq, September 11th, the War on Terror, Media Manipulation and ... See full summary »

Director: Will Pascoe
Stars: Noam Chomsky, Carol Chomsky
Why We Fight (2005)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Director: Eugene Jarecki
Stars: Gore Vidal, John McCain, Ken Adelman
The Century of the Self (TV Mini-Series 2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerfull mean of persuasion for both governments and corporations.

Stars: Martin Bergmann, Ann Bernays, Edward Bernays
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A documentary that looks to distinguish what's fact, fiction, legend, and otherwise as a camera crew trails Michael Moore while he tours with his film Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004).

Directors: Rick Caine, Debbie Melnyk
Stars: Michael Moore, Debbie Melnyk, Rick Caine
97% Owned (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

97% owned present serious research and verifiable evidence on our economic and financial system. This is the first documentary to tackle this issue from a UK-perspective and explains the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Oswald
Stars: Maddy Reilly, Ben Dyson, Anne Belsey
Documentary | History | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Crisis Civilization is a documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are ... See full summary »

Director: Dean Puckett
Stars: Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed, Francis Fukuyama, Samuel Huntington
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country.

Director: Charles Ferguson
Stars: Campbell Scott, Gerald Burke, Ali Fadhil
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain.

Stars: Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden, Gilles Kepel
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A documentary analyzing the role of the modern American media and its effects on democracy.

Director: Robert Kane Pappas
Stars: Charles Lewis, Robert McChesney, Mark Crispin Miller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A film about the war crimes of the American diplomat, Henry Kissinger.

Director: Eugene Jarecki
Stars: Brian Cox, Henry Kissinger, Anna Chennault


Credited cast:
Himself - Interviewer
Karin Aguilar-San Juan ...
Herself - South End Collective
Paul Andrews ...
Himself - The Seattle Times
Himself (archive footage) (as William F. Buckley Jr.)
Robert Faurisson ...
Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Jeff Hansen ...
Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Loie Hayes ...
Herself - South End Collective
Edward S. Herman ...
Arnold Kohen ...
Himself - Journalist
Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Yossi Olmert ...
Himself - Tel Aviv University (archive footage)
Lydia Sargent ...
Herself - Z Magazine


This film showcases Noam Chomsky, one of America's leading linguists and political dissidents. It also illustrates his message of how government and big media businesses cooperate to produce an effective propaganda machine in order to manipulate the opinions of the United States populous. The key example for this analysis is the simultaneous events of the massive coverage of the communist atrocities of Khmer Rouge regime of Cambodia and the suppression of news of the US supported Indonesian invasion and subjugation of East Timor. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A Primer In Intellectual Self-Defense


See all certifications »



| | |


Release Date:

6 November 1992 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Chomsky, les médias et les illusions nécessaires  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Even though the filmmakers were told they couldn't take video within the New York Times Building, about 12 minutes of "guerrilla footage" was shot. See more »


[first lines]
[title card: They who have put out the peoples eyes reproach them of their blindness. - John Milton, 1642. ]
EMTV video host: Three, two, one, take two. Good morning!... My name is Kevin Flook, and I'm your video host all day here at EMTV.
See more »

Crazy Credits

This film is intended to encourage discussion about media and democracy See more »


Referenced in The Corporation (2003) See more »


Timor: Songs of the Ema
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Museé de l'Homme - Paris
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

This is Must-See Media for the masses
21 February 2006 | by (Mequon, Wisconsin, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the five best educational tools not in use in the United States. A film so deep and full of non-stop, reality-busting evidence that —what you see ISN'T what you get in America.

Chomsky is arguably the most intelligent political observer on Earth today. Its easy to be the Plunderer and commit the atrocities... its far more difficult to uncover the plots, organize the facts, and be vigilant of the actions. This is Must-See Media for the masses!

Americans are too busy to begin think outside the box. This is 2h46m of intensive training in true democratic responsibility. Chomsky may favor the social structure of an early 20th century Kibbutz, but certainly his lessons of observation would stand well for any social structure. If you are not bought and owned by the system... you owe it to your children or your immortal soul...or karmic rebirth, to wake up and smell the fascism.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
It´s worth seeing after 14 years? PureVodka
Now what? joepierce_
Might be a good time to rent and watch it... willowbrooksys
Is this movie the reason why... calx2001
Where to find independent/alternati ve information nedbingryerson

Contribute to This Page