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A documentary analyzing the role of the modern American media and its effects on democracy. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Charles Lewis ... Founder of the Center for Public Integrity
Robert McChesney ... Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mark Crispin Miller ... Author, Professor, New York University
Bernie Sanders ... Congressman from Vermont
Danny Schechter ... Author
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincent Bugliosi ... Attorney, Author
Jeff Cohen ... Himself - Founder of FAIR
Dennis Kucinich ... Himself
Mark Lloyd ... Visiting Professor M.I.T.

Michael Moore ... Himself
John Nichols ... Himself
Greg Palast ... Reporter

Tim Robbins ... Himself (archive footage)

Helen Thomas ... Herself

Directed by
Robert Kane Pappas 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tom Blackburn 
Robert Kane Pappas  writer

Produced by
Terri Needham .... associate producer
Robert Kane Pappas .... producer
Cinematography by
J. Alan Hostetter  (as Alan Hostetter)
Robert Kane Pappas 
Film Editing by
Robert Kane Pappas 

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USA:84 min | Argentina:103 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Narrator:Starting with Ronald Reagan, the Holy Grail of "de-regulation" has been sold to the public; and the news media has largely ignored its disastrous results.
Mark Lloyd:Once the Reagan administration was done, there were more rules. But they called it "de-regulation." It's, err, almost an Orwellian use of language: You create new rules, but the rules change, they benefit industry now, and you call it "de-regulation," because people *like* de-regulation, like fewer rules.
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Illuminating... Citizen Beware, 31 August 2005
Author: Ladycane77 from Monroe, GA

This documentary draws powerful parallels between Orwell's 1984, Communist Soviet Union, Goebbels's Nazi Germany and the current state of American Democracy.

"Orwell Rolls in His Grave" illuminates. Sometimes it's difficult to imagine how a society (of otherwise ordinary and probably good people) can fall under the spell of Nazis or surrender their free will to Big Brother. This documentary shakes you from your vegetative state. One is left utterly depressed and hopeless, like no other movie or even book like "1984" itself can, because this isn't a work of fiction but an examination of the world we live in today.

It feels like a blindfold's been removed, only to find we're all standing in quicksand. I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but this documentary shows how so many of the safeguards that keeps a democracy and capitalism in check are slowly and deviously being eroded away. A democracy derives its power to govern from individual citizens, period. Corporations are not entities with innate rights.

The documentary does end on a hopeful note. Maybe the Internet, as a last bastion for truth, will have some time before it is finally owned, divvied up and censored.

On a side note, can Hollywood please make a blockbuster release with some big time actor and director of "1984" and subtly show Joe Citizen some of the parallels going on in the world?

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