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McLibel (2005)

 -  Documentary  -  20 May 2005 (USA)
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McLibel is the story of two ordinary people who humiliated McDonald's in the biggest corporate PR disaster in history.

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Helen Steel ...
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Dave Morris ...
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Peter Armstrong ...
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Chris Brierley ...
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Rhona Cameron ...
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T. Colin Campbell ...
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Sue Dibb ...
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Dan Gallin ...
Himself - Intl Union of Food Workers
Stephen Gardner ...
Himself - Assistant Attorney General (as Stephen Gardener)
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Himself (as Geoff Guiliano)
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McDonald's loved using the UK libel laws to suppress criticism. Major media organisations like the BBC and The Guardian crumbled and apologised. But then they sued gardener Helen Steel and postman Dave Morris. In the longest trial in English legal history, the "McLibel Two" represented themselves against McDonald's £10 million legal team. Every aspect of the corporation's business was cross-examined: from junk food and McJobs, to animal cruelty, environmental damage and advertising to children. Outside the courtroom, Dave brought up his young son alone and Helen supported herself working nights in a bar. McDonald's tried every trick in the book against them. Legal manoeuvres. A visit from Ronald McDonald. Top executives flying to London for secret settlement negotiations. Even spies. Seven years later, in February 2005, the marathon legal battle finally concluded at the European Court of Human Rights. And the result took everyone by surprise - especially the British Government. ... Written by Lizzie Gillet

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The postman and the gardener who took on McDonald's

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20 May 2005 (USA)  »

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$1,821 (USA) (10 June 2005)

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$4,337 (USA) (24 June 2005)
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Originally released as a 52 film on TV and video in 1997; this extended 85 version came out in theaters in 2005 after the case had gone to the European Courts. See more »

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Edited from McLibel: Two Worlds Collide (1998) See more »

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Written, performed & produced by The Band of Holy Joy
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Worth watching - definitely
10 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a low budget but very, very entertaining account of Helen Steel and David Morris's fight against McDonalds. They were caught distributing leaflets accusing McDonalds of polluting the environment, cruelty to animals, aiming their produce at children and being extremely unhealthy and lying about it. McDonalds claimed they were lying, so the postman and the gardener represented themselves in a 7 year court case. This documentary charts the trial and verdict, and further footage after the event. It is cheap and cheerful, but astounding in it's simplicity. This was a landmark case that made it acceptable to challenge corporations, in fact, it almost seems to be the pre runner for many documentaries out there. More importantly, it took the wind out of McDonald's sails and forced them to readdress many of the issues they were challenged over. It's a great film - I recommend it.


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