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Taking Back Our Town (2001)

A true story about a concerned housewife, Pat Melancon, who tries to block Shintech, a massive Japanese petrochemical conglomerate, from building a plant in her toxic township already known... See full summary »

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Pat Melancon
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Emelda West
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James Melancon
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Lisa LaVie
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A true story about a concerned housewife, Pat Melancon, who tries to block Shintech, a massive Japanese petrochemical conglomerate, from building a plant in her toxic township already known as "cancer alley". Pat and a few newly recruited, fledgling activitsts face the full force of Shintech's wealth and influence peddling, which has bought the cooperation of the government from the local level all the way up to the Governor's office. Written by Anonymous

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This film was based on a series of articles by Christi Daugherty, an investigative journalist who exposed the real-life environmental violations at the Shintech chemical plant in Convent, Louisiana, which form the factual basis for the story. The articles were published in New Orleans-based publication, 'Gambit Weekly', and also taken up by various global news organizations, including the New York Times. See more »

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Emelda West: I will go all the way to Japan to tell Shintech in their own back yard that we don't want them in ours.
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A terrific, resonating Lifetime Channel Movie
20 December 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

As the Hollywood Reporter states, this is a "must see" Lifetime Channel Movie. Laura Innes is superb in the lead role and is backed up by terrific supporting performances. True to life stories such as this is, are often rather boring, predictable and full of cliche. Not so with Taking Back Our Town. It engages the viewer and moves along crisply building suspense all the way. Especially enjoyed seeing young and talented Hallee Hirsh (namesake?) playing Laura's character's daughter. She was believable and charming in this role and shows her tremendous range as an up and coming "One to Watch".


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