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Six O'Clock News (21 Jan. 1997)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Ross McElwee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yung Su An
Bobby DeLaughter
Jim Fripp
Steve Im
Pat Kaunert
Josh Kornbluth
David Levine
Carolyn Noeding
John Noeding
Salvador Pena
Michael Peyser
Barry Savenor
Debra Shapiro
David Skillicorn


A documentary by and about a man who carries a film camera around most of the time and films the events of his life, including himself being interviewed by a news crew, and focusing on some of the real people behind the tragedies shown daily on the six o'clock news: a woman living on an island hit by a hurricane; a man whose wife was murdered in her store. Written by Michael C. Berch <>

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3 September 2004 | by (Deerfield Beach, Florida) – See all my reviews

Seeing this movie made me ponder about a few things. The way that Ross McElwee presents this documentary is very different from any other documentary I have ever seen. Ross McElwee's narration during this film makes ever scene creepy in a way. His voice has a huge affect on this film. This story is about a man who carries around is camera everywhere and discovers this world in the six o'clock news. He goes on location and meets these different people (that were generally seen in the six o'clock news) over the course of years at a time. His perspective on these stories are touching because he makes it seem that the media is all about sensationalism and that it only shows seconds of these peoples' sadness or problem. Ross McElwee may seem crazy in this movie because of the way he acts. However, he poses questions in this film about society and the media that are unanswerable and extremely interesting. It's almost like you know this guy from somewhere because is voice always seems like it's in the back of your own head.

Although this is a very crude way to film a documentary, you can relate to this story in some way or another. His opinions may be completely different, but just how he interviews people on their life and how he tells this story of the news and media is unique.

I rated this movie a 7/10. Even though it's not one of the best movies I've seen, It is very fascinating and well worth it to rent.

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