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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 (Archival Footage) (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 (as Virginia Reticker)
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
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
Xandra Castleton .... location coordinator
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)
Michaël Sagol .... location coordinator
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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Watching History take place, as it happens, 15 February 2006
Author: peter henderson from Australia

I swore I would never allow myself to devolve into to the bogus authority figures of the sixties who told me things were better in the "good old days" – the current Australian Prime Minister is a sordid example of just such a mind set.

But I switched over to "A Decade Under the Influence" because I found watching the much-heralded "Sneakers" documentary on the other channel such a dispiriting experience. I found the values expressed by the "Sneakers" interviewees too ugly to accept as reasonable. So materialistic! So devoid of any sense of outrage at a society that can countenance killing someone to steal his very ugly shoes! So lacking in any worthwhile purpose that they can report without distaste the exploitation an audience by haranguing them to hold those shoes above their heads to lock in a sponsorship deal for themselves with a company of cobblers was just too much to continue watching.

"A Decade Under the Influence" depicted a completely different response to the fruit of stupidity, corruption and concupiscence in high (and low) places.

I have noted the change in film-making that accompanied the exposure of America's disastrous foreign policy debacles in Vietnam and so many less reported places in my website. "A Decade Under the Influence" documents the precise moment at which that change took place.

Before the seventies, the armed forces were depicted in American films as an invincible fighting force comprised of decent human beings who transmogrified into conquering heroes on the battlefield. After the seventies they are generally portrayed as a dispirited rabble misled by a bunch of bureaucrat clowns in the Pentagon Before the seventies, the FBI agent and the honest cop tended to be depicted as your friend and protector. After the seventies, the FBI agents were all incompetent and the best a cop could aspire to was to ignore their foolishness and his superior's corruption and uphold justice in his own idiosyncratic manner.

Before the seventies, the archetypical American "little guy", the "average Joe", the Jimmy Stewart type would face down the problems encountered and thereby gain some insight into underlying wisdom of his elected leaders and justice of the "American Way". After the seventies, Kevin Costner usurps that role, but now he is the voice of one crying out in the wilderness for evil to be exposed, or accepting his lot and making out the best he can.

And now those "old time religion" mindsets have been stripped of any honesty and righteousness and portrayed (with a certain amount of justification) as sanctimonious bigotry and self-serving hypocrisy.

"A Decade Under the Influence" tells it like it was. "A Decade Under the Influence" tells it like it is now. It depicts the redemption of the American film industry from the hands of the artistically, morally and intellectually bankrupt studio moguls. It shows the storming of the Hollywood Bastille by the independent film makers who promised to get a disillusioned and tired audience back into the cinemas. The fact that their failures were numerous, and at times disastrous, merely underlines the greatness of their achievement. An achievement reflected in the adventurous and questioning attitudes of the big box office stars such as Clooney, Daman, Affleck etc and the directors and producers who provide the vehicles for their talent.

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