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A documentary on children of the insanely rich. Directed by one of their own, Johnson & Johnson heir, Jamie Johnson. | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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Ivanka Trump ... Herself - Real-Estate Heiress
Georgina Bloomberg ... Herself - Media Heiress
Si Newhouse IV ... Himself - Publishing Heir (as S.I. Newhouse IV)
Luke Weil ... Himself - Gaming Industry Heir
Cody Franchetti ... Himself - Textile Heir
Stephanie Ercklentz ... Herself - Finance Heiress
Josiah Hornblower ... Himself - Vanderbilt / Whitney Heir
Carlo von Zeitschel ... Himself - European Royalty
Christina Floyd ... Herself - Professional Sports Heiress

Juliet Hartford ... Herself - A&P Supermarket Heiress
Peter L. Skolnik ... Himself - Attorney (as Peter Skolnik)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jamie Johnson ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Jamie Johnson 
Produced by
Bingo Gubelmann .... co-producer
Jamie Johnson .... producer
Nick Kurzon .... co-producer
Dirk Wittenborn .... producer
Original Music by
Joel Goodman 
Cinematography by
Nick Kurzon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Nick Kurzon 
Steven Pilgrim  (as Steve Pilgrim)
Jason Zemlicka 
Sound Department
Chen Harpaz .... re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Yorgo Alexopoulos .... title sequence design (as Yorgo Alexopoulus)
Sang Chol .... assistant animator
Ken Tanabe .... assistant animator
Troy Thompson .... stills: design and animation
Camera and Electrical Department
Jehane Noujaim .... second camera
Editorial Department
Geof Bartz .... consulting editor
David Tecson .... colorist: Edgeworx
David Tecson .... on-line editor: Edgeworx
Troy Thompson .... colorist: Private Idaho
Troy Thompson .... on-line editor: Private Idaho
Jason Zemlicka .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Mark G. Anderson .... music clearance assistant
Jeanne DaSilva .... music clearance
Other crew
Harry Benson .... archive images
Harry Benson .... researcher
Ceridwen Dovey .... production assistant
John Iacono .... archive images: Sports Illustrated (as Johns Iacono Jr.)
John Iacono .... researcher: Sports Illustrated (as Johns Iacono Jr.)
Caleb Raynor .... archive images
Caleb Raynor .... researcher
Bonnie Rowan .... archive images
Bonnie Rowan .... researcher
Jessica Schram .... researcher
Sean Schuyler .... archive images: Re: search
Sean Schuyler .... researcher: Re: search
Paul Westlake .... archive images
Paul Westlake .... researcher
Georgina Bloomberg .... special thanks
Stephanie Ercklentz .... special thanks
Christina Floyd .... special thanks
Cody Franchetti .... special thanks
Juliet Hartford .... special thanks
Josiah Hornblower .... special thanks
Si Newhouse IV .... special thanks (as S.I. Newhouse)
Ivanka Trump .... special thanks
Carlo von Zeitschel .... special thanks
Luke Weil .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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75 min

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Luke Weil claimed he was tricked into appearing on camera and filed a lawsuit in 2002 trying to prevent this film from seeking distribution, but a New York state Supreme Court justice ruled in favor of director Jamie Johnson.See more »


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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Compelling below the surface., 19 November 2003
Author: peedur

The supposedly inane problems of inherited wealth are reframed quite well in this film. I felt that there was an important contradiction made clear. America's 400 year old flight from Europe's monarchies and class systems is both long over and yet still taking place. I don't believe that this contradiction has anything to do with money.

Personal dignity is the prize at the end of the American dream. And yet dignity is far more elusive than we'd like to believe. This has a lot more to do with practical parenting and the real value that children have to their parents and how it's shown, NOT how much they spend or can spend on their children.

Americans have steadfastly (in principal) defined personal worth by personal achievement. Whether you began your days in humble circumstances or not, you can with effort, create the wealth and comfort for yourself and your family that you need. This is the American Idea. And yet this principal becomes mere theory for those whose lives are defined utterly by someone else's effort, often long before they were born.

The problems of these people are somewhat anachronistic to the rest of us. And also quietly disturbing because there is a wound that the American identity struggles with on the subject of wealth, power, history and privilege (royalty). Americans are both attracted to the glamor of privilege and repelled intellectually. Some part of our problem is universal; how to define personal value when those with power apparently don't need to worry about it. There is an important moment in the film where, in a candid remark, a young man describes a sense of pique he'd experienced where he had said to himself about someone he was annoyed with, "we could buy your family," and he believes it. This says volumes about the sense of narcissistic confusion that stems from an identity where basic values have not been passed down and personal dignity is not fought for. What more compelling is that the young man also seems to be aware of that fact.

A few of these people seem to be trying to reset their values to relate to the rest of us. This is a specifically American virtue and it separates them from the rest who have delusions of relevance bloated even more by this film's interest in their lives; they wouldn't be out of place in the courts of Europe a century ago.

A fascinating film.

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