The film in not about auto-parts workers in suburban Buenos Aires, but about workers of a ceramic floors factory in Neuquen, several hundred miles southward, in Argentinian Patagonia.

Director:

Writer:

WAYS TO
WATCH:

See all
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An investigation of "disaster capitalism", based on Naomi Klein's proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance.

Directors: Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Ewen Cameron, Janine Huard, Naomi Klein
The Take (2007)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After he's shot during a heist in East L.A., an armored truck driver wrestles with rehabilitation and tracking down the man who committed the crime.

Director: Brad Furman
Stars: John Leguizamo, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Perez
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott
Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A look at seven communities around the world with the proposition that we can seize the crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

Director: Avi Lewis
The Take (TV Mini-Series 2009)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Based upon the novel by Martina Cole, this TV series is mostly about Freddie Jackson, portrayed by Tom Hardy, who is just out of prison. He has the right connections and now he's ready to use them.

Stars: Shaun Evans, Tom Hardy, Charlotte Riley
97% Owned (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

97% owned present serious research and verifiable evidence on our economic and financial system. This is the first documentary to tackle this issue from a UK-perspective and explains the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Oswald
Stars: Maddy Reilly, Ben Dyson, Anne Belsey
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A future archivist looks at old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humankind failed to address climate change.

Director: Franny Armstrong
Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Jeh Wadia, Alvin DuVernay
Roger & Me (1989)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing.

Director: Michael Moore
Stars: Michael Moore, Roger B. Smith, Rhonda Britton
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike.

Director: Barbara Kopple
Stars: Norman Yarborough, Houston Elmore, Phil Sparks
R (2010)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The R of the title stands for the young protagonist, Rune, fearlessly played by Pilou Asbæk. Imprisoned for violent assault, he's a cocky, good-looking young man placed in the hardcore ward... See full summary »

Directors: Tobias Lindholm, Michael Noer
Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Dulfi Al-Jabouri, Roland Møller
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two Latina sisters work as cleaners in a downtown office building, and fight for the right to unionize.

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Pilar Padilla, Adrien Brody, Elpidia Carrillo
Documentary | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Drawing surprising connections between market methods and CIA torture techniques developed in the 1950s, the film explores how well-known events of the recent past have been theaters for the shock doctrine, from Pinochet's coup in Chile, to the Tiananmen Square Massacre, to the war in Iraq today.

Director: Jonás Cuarón
Stars: Naomi Klein
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Matilde Adorno ...
Herself - Worker
Michel Camadessus ...
Himself
...
Himself (archive footage)
Gustavo Cordera ...
Himself (singer) (as Bersuit)
Freddy Espinoza ...
Himself (president of La Forja)
Raul Godoy ...
Himself
Néstor Kirchner ...
Himself
...
Herself (also narrator)
...
Himself (also narrator)
Celia Martinez ...
Herself
Carlos Saúl Menem ...
Himself (as Carlos Menem)
Lalo Paret ...
Himself (activist)
Juan Domingo Perón ...
Himself (archive footage)
Jorge Rimondi ...
Himself (Judge)
Anoop Singh ...
Himself (Director of the IMF's Western Hemisphere Department)
Edit

Storyline

In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act - the take - has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head. Armed only with slingshots and an abiding faith in shop-floor democracy, the workers face off against the bosses, bankers and a whole system that sees their beloved factories as nothing more than scrap metal for sale. With The Take, director Avi Lewis, one of Canada's most outspoken journalists, and writer Naomi Klein, author of the international bestseller No Logo, champion a radical economic manifesto for the 21st century Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Occupy. Resist. Produce.

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

18 March 2005 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Die Übernahme  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

(archive footage)|
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Eye-opening and Hopeful
14 November 2004 | by (OTTAWA, CANADA) – See all my reviews

This movie helps progressive people address one of the main criticisms of the right and capitalists: what would you do differently if capitalism and globalization is so bad?

Argentina was a country where public utilities had been sold off and money fled the country. Factories were left empty, owing millions of dollars in taxes to various levels of government. The workers thought: we don't have jobs, so we can't buy things for our families. There are no jobs, because people aren't buying things for their families. So they broke the cycle, and with government approval (eventually) occupied the factories and just started producing items for themselves and their neighbors. The co-operative/collectivist movement in Argentina flourished.

The movie shows it was far from easy, and there are many hurdles left to overcome for this country and its people. But it's a hopeful message that if you buy locally, use locally produced services and products produced "locally", you create a viable economic cycle that enriches everybody. You may not have $40 microwaves produced someplace else on the other side of the world, but instead you get a quality product produced by your neighbour, that doesn't require the expense and waste of trans-global shipment. Then, the makers of cheap microwaves will be forced to pay their workers more in order to create a local/national market for their products, rather than using slave labour and shipping the products overseas to the "first world".

Okay, I'm off my soap box. Well done movie with real emotion and appeal.


30 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
nice try, but no andwhynot
workers not too happy with this film espiralcosmico
I'm skeptical of Ted W's 'Naive and Clueless' review.... Delysid
Soundtrack 21bostoncalifornia
review lgorman-2
Discuss The Take (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page