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A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Robert Altman ... Himself

John G. Avildsen ... Himself

Warren Beatty ... Himself (archive footage)

Linda Blair ... Herself (archive footage)

Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself

Peter Boyle ... Himself (archive footage)
Marshall Brickman ... Himself

Ellen Burstyn ... Herself

John Calley ... Himself

Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage)

John Cassavetes ... Himself (archive footage)

Julie Christie ... Herself

Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself

Roger Corman ... Himself

Bruce Dern ... Himself

Clint Eastwood ... Himself

Louise Fletcher ... Herself (archive footage)

Jane Fonda ... Herself (archive footage)

Peter Fonda ... Himself (archive footage)

Milos Forman ... Himself

William Friedkin ... Himself

Pam Grier ... Herself

Goldie Hawn ... Herself (archive footage)

Monte Hellman ... Himself

Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)

Dennis Hopper ... Himself

Mick Jagger ... Himself (archive footage)

Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ... Himself (archive footage)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)

Piper Laurie ... Herself (archive footage)

Sidney Lumet ... Himself

Paul Mazursky ... Himself
Marshall McLuhan ... Himself (archive footage)

Mike Medavoy ... Himself

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Polly Platt ... Herself

Sydney Pollack ... Himself

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)

Robert Redford ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Rodstein ... Offscreen Voice

Jerry Schatzberg ... Himself

Roy Scheider ... Himself

Paul Schrader ... Himself

Martin Scorsese ... Himself

Sissy Spacek ... Herself

Robert Towne ... Himself

Jon Voight ... Himself

Directed by
Ted Demme 
Richard LaGravenese 
Produced by
Alison Palmer Bourke .... executive producer
Vivian Connolly .... associate producer (as Vivian Holtzman Connolly)
Ted Demme .... producer
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
Jerry Kupfer .... producer
Richard LaGravenese .... producer
Tania McKeown .... production producer
John Miller-Monzon .... associate producer
Gini Reticker .... producer
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Kimbrough 
Cinematography by
Tony C. Jannelli  (as Anthony Janelli)
Clyde W. Smith 
Film Editing by
Meg Reticker 
Makeup Department
Joannel Clemente .... hair stylist
Joannel Clemente .... makeup artist
Pam Geiger .... hair stylist
Pam Geiger .... makeup artist
Arthur Johns .... hair stylist
Arthur Johns .... makeup artist
Kohl Katz .... hair stylist
Kohl Katz .... makeup artist
Gul Vrabl .... hair stylist
Gul Vrabl .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jerry Kupfer .... unit production manager
Sound Department
Louis Block .... sound recordist
K.C. Clayton .... sound
Pete De Boer .... additional recording engineer
Chuck Fitzpatrick .... sound mixer
Andy Kris .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Miller .... sound
Roger Phenix .... sound
J.T. Takagi .... sound
Visual Effects by
Owen Bush .... digital artist
Benjamin Murray .... digital artist
Mark Thompson .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert M. Andres .... key grip (as Bob Andres)
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer
Jon Fontana .... gaffer
Jerry Harper .... gaffer (as Jerry T. Harper)
Kirsten Johnson .... additional camera operator
Kirsten Johnson .... assistant camera
John Kiffmeyer .... key grip (as John M. Kiffmeyer)
Ellen Kuras .... additional camera operator
Chris Lally .... key grip
Don Lenzer .... additional camera operator
Jack Messitt .... gaffer
David Moir .... still photographer
John C. Nadeau .... gaffer (as John Nadeau)
Barbara Nitke .... still photographer
Patrick B. O'Brien .... assistant camera (as Patrick O'Brien)
Edward Read .... gaffer
Paul Reuter .... assistant camera
Andrew Rossi .... assistant camera
Nico Ruderman .... grip
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
Phillip Sorenson .... key grip (as Philip Sorensen)
Holly Stein .... still photographer
Andy Thomas .... key grip (as Andrew M. Thomas)
Walter Thomson .... still photographer
Jason Tomlins .... key grip
Stephen L. Whitcomb .... assistant camera (as Stephen Whitcomb)
Editorial Department
Eric Alvarado .... colorist
Alex Berman .... colorist
Tennaly Fortier .... post-production coordinator (as Tennaly J. Fortier)
Rachel Goodlett Katz .... second assistant editor (as Rachel Goodlett)
Benjamin Murray .... on-line editor
Kimberly Tomes .... assistant editor (as Kimberly SaRee Tomes)
Remy Weber .... second assistant editor
Lars Woodruffe .... on-line editor
Location Management
Xandra Castleton .... location coordinator
Michaël Sagol .... location coordinator
Music Department
Zach Danziger .... musician: drums
Michael Fonfara .... composer: song "Apricot Brandy"
John Kimbrough .... musician: guitar
Tim LeFebvre .... musician: upright bass
Frank London .... musician: trumpet
Danny Weis .... composer: song "Apricot Brandy"
Dan Zank .... additional musician
Dan Zank .... composer: additional music
Dan Zank .... musician: piano
Other crew
Renuka Ballal .... production assistant
Stephanie Bencin .... production assistant
Jessica Berman Bogdan .... archival researcher (as Jessica Berman-Bogdan)
Catalina Blanco .... intern
Vincent Boling .... production assistant
Jeremy Broadhead .... production assistant
Roopa De Choudhury .... production assistant
Ismael Diaz .... production coordinator
Jake Hart .... intern
Chris Harvey .... title designer
Abigail Kende .... rights and clearances
Tamar Kuznick .... production coordinator
Andrew Lemon .... engineer: 24p
Pearl Lieberman .... archival researcher
John Miller-Monzon .... lead researcher
Chris Morisoli .... production assistant
Shannon Murphy .... intern
Iliana Nikolic .... production supervisor: IFC
Peter Perrone .... archival researcher
Brandon A. Phillips .... production assistant
Richard Pierce .... production assistant
David T. Raye .... production assistant
Amy Reticker .... production assistant
Nico Ruderman .... production assistant (as Nicholas Ruderman)
Stephanie Sanditz .... production assistant
Christopher Savage .... production coordinator
Vanessa Scott .... intern
George Shaw .... web site art director
Lance Stockton .... assistant: Ted Demme
Christopher Sullivan .... production assistant
Andrew Thompson .... production assistant
Emma Tillinger Koskoff .... assistant: Ted Demme (as Emma Tillinger)
Sherri Wasserman .... web site assistant producer
John Whitcombe .... production assistant
Kirk Worley .... production assistant
Michael Yecies .... production assistant
Eric Brown .... assistant: Spanky Pictures (uncredited)
Ann LaGravenese .... special thanks
Denis Leary .... special thanks
Albert Maysles .... special thanks
David O'Connor .... special thanks
Michael Ruggiero .... special thanks
Amanda Scheer-Demme .... special thanks
Stacey Sher .... special thanks
Talia Shire .... special thanks
Shelly Sroloff .... special thanks
Haskell Wexler .... special thanks

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Rated R for language, and images of sexuality, violence and drug use
138 min | USA:108 min (Sundance Film Festival) | 152 min (DVD) | USA:180 min (DVD)
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
"You got a gun? Suck on this!", 20 September 2009
Author: Ali_Catterall from London, England

This exploration of a unique decade in US cinema begins with the fall of one ailing, out-of-touch empire and culminates with the unstoppable rise of another, equally associated with escapism and box office receipts. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Or, as Peter Fonda observed in Easy Rider, "We blew it." In between, from Bonnie And Clyde to Star Wars, the young Turks (some under the guerrilla tutelage of Roger Corman) were creeping under the wires to produce some of the greatest artworks of the 20th century. While the story is already familiar from Peter Biskind's Easy Riders, Raging Bulls directors Demme and LaGravenese are less concerned with muckraking than in providing a platform for the filmmakers and stars themselves.

Everyone from Martin Scorsese to Francis Ford Coppola and Julie Christie is interviewed and a roster of well edited clips places the decade in a socio-cultural and economic context. If their responses are self-congratulatory (to say the least), they're also highly quotable, funny and revealing, making this something of a cinephile's wet dream. Director William Friedkin reveals how the original The Exorcist poster was to feature a little girl's hand holding a bloodied crucifix and the legend 'For God's sake, help her", before he complained. Former Warner Bros.' head John Calley recalls that when he first saw Robert De Niro in Mean Streets he assumed Scorsese had secured a psychopath's day release for the shoot.

Happily, a certain amount of hard perspective has crept into the mix, as might be hoped from a politically motivated, consciousness-expanded generation; Hopper stresses "there's a lot of real crap in there too". Julie Christie observes that 1970s US cinema was "not a good time for women". But if Demme responds with a spoonful of sops to women's movies - brief clips of Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, They Shoot Horses, Don't They and Klute - we're soon dragged back to the usual male wall-pissing contests.

The shift from tough, socially-conscious film-making to no-risk crowd-pleasers like Jaws for 'Nam-weary, fantasy-craving audiences is also documented, though a little rushed. But kudos too, for the inclusion of lesser-sung, but equally relevant films like Panic In Needle Park and Joe. "We weren't handsome," muses Bruce Dern on his contemporaries. "But we were f****** interesting."

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