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An Unreasonable Man (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 24 January 2006 (USA)
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A look at the career of consumer advocate Ralph Nader from wannabe presidential candidate to public pariah.
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A look at the career of consumer advocate Ralph Nader from wannabe presidential candidate to public pariah.

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Ralph Nader : How Do You Define a Legacy?


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Ralph Nader: My father was there, he said, "Well, Ralph, what did you learn in school today? Did you learn how to think or did you learn how to believe?"
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Hero or Spoiler?
16 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Early in this film, Phil Donahue says "there's a Shakespearan feature to all of this", and he is right on the money. This brilliant film from the former producer of Everybody Loves Raymond examines the life of Ralph Nader, hearing from his favorite admirers...and his admirers who turned into his harshest critics(Eric Alterman: "I think the man needs to live in a different country. He's done enough damage to this one, let him damage someone else's for a while").

Nader had a massive impact on our lives, from seat belts to the Freedom of Information Act to product labeling to OSHA, no one in America has been left untouched by Nader's legacy. With amazing archival footage and on camera interviews, this film portrays how a once hero of the left, who appeared on the cover of Newsweek wearing a suit of armor, became the Democrats favorite bunching bag for costing Al Gore the election.

The filmmakers do not pull any punches, as they examine the line between idealism and pragmatism and how far one should allow their political party to get worse before taking action. They also examine how one man could make a remarkable difference in the world.

Nader was undoubtedly the most important private citizen of the 20th century. As the 21st century progresses along, the debate will be, Ralph Nader: Spoiler or Hero?


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