The Panama Deception (1992)

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A film about the true reasons for the 1989 US invasion of Panama and big media complicity in these activities.



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Credited cast:
Herself - Narrator (voice)
Abraham Alvarez ...
English Voice-over (voice)
Carlos Cantú ...
English Voice-over (voice) (as Carlos Cantu)
Diviana Ingravallo ...
English Voice-over (voice)
English Voice-over (voice)
English Voice-over (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ashton Bancroft ...
Himself - President: Refugee Committee
Manuel Becker ...
Himself - Panamanian Cameraman
Larry Birns ...
Himself - Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Esmeralda Brown ...
Herself - UN Methodist Office
Humberto Brown ...
Himself - Former Panamanian Diplomat
Eugene Carroll ...
Himself - Center for Defense Information (as Rear Admiral Eugene Carroll)
Julio Cesar Guerra ...
Himself - Panamanian Photojournalist
Ramsey Clark ...
Jeff Cohen ...
Himself - Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting


This documentary details the case that the 1989 invasion of Panama by the US was motivated not by the need to protect American soldiers, restore democracy or even capture Noriega. It was to force Panama to submit the will of the United States after Noriega had exhausted his usefulness. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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Exposing The Cover Up!


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31 July 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Panama Deception: Exposing the Cover Up!  »

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$309,596 (USA)

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Charles Rangel: You would think from the video clips that we have seen, that this whole thing was just a Mardi Gras, that the people in Panama were just jumping up and down with glee.
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Written and Performed by Sting
Used by kind permission of Magnetic Publishing, Ltd.
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Only Those Who Really Wanted To Believe Any Propaganda...
11 June 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

...could swallow this film wholeheartedly.

I am not living in a polyanna-ish world where the US administration's motives for invading Panama were absolutely pure. However, any valid criticism of the US administration that might have been in this film was lost amongst the bizarre, unbelievable paranoia the so-called documentary filmmakers chose to adopt as a viewpoint. Some of this material (like the bit about the US Army using random Panamanian civilians to test Area 51-type secret beam weapons on) landed somewhere between comic book and schizophrenic dementia. Oh, and the "everything was great until the US got involved" viewpoint- classic.

Sadly, I remember seeing this film with the kind of zombies who would cheer the filmmakers at every statement, no matter how outrageous or out of touch with reality. Goes to show that the hardcore religious right is not the only political orientation with a cadre of zombies willing to ignore facts or even the slightest contact with reality, as long as what they are being told fits in with their preconceived notions. One thing the far left and far right have in common: they will pay to have people tell them what they are already convinced is true!

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