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The Panama Deception (1992)

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:
Narrator (English version) (voice)
Carlos Cantú ...
English Voice-over (voice) (as Carlos Cantu)
Diviana Ingravallo ...
English Voice-over (voice)
Abraham Alvarez ...
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 <kchishol@execulink.com>

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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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A hopelessly biased work of anti-military propaganda.
22 January 1999 | by (Colorado Springs, CO) – See all my reviews

I had the misfortune of viewing this film on the first day of a course on "Media and Democracy." Based on the fact that the professor accepted everything portrayed in it as fact, I dropped the course that afternoon. I have never seen such a hopelessly biased film in my life. As a 19-year veteran of the US Army, I can tell you that the atrocities alleged in this film did not occur. Our troops do not shoot bound prisoners in the back of the head. We do not indiscriminately shell civilian residential areas. The film's most absurd claims, such as that US forces used some sort of laser weapons against Panamanian civilians, don't even bear refuting. The fact that such a blatant piece of anti-military propaganda won an Academy Award says far more about the makeup of the Academy than it does about the film.

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