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The 11th Hour -- Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio presents more than 50 of the leading scientists, thinkers and leaders of our time -- from all over the earth
The 11th Hour -- A look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems.
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The 11th Hour
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 17 August 2007)

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Leonardo DiCaprio ... Himself - Narrator
Kenny Ausubel ... Himself - Founder, Bioneers
Thom Hartmann ... Himself - Author, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight
Wangari Maathai ... Herself - Founder, Greenbelt Movement, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Sandra Postel ... Herself - Director, Global Water Policy Project
Paul Stamets ... Himself - Mycologist, Author, Mycelium Running
David Orr ... Himself - Chair, Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College

Stephen Hawking ... Himself - Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge University
Oren Lyons ... Himself - Faithkeeper, Turtle Clan, Onondaga Nation, Haudenosaunee, Six Nations, Iroquois Confederacy
Andrew C. Revkin ... Himself - Author & Science Reporter, New York Times (as Andy Revkin)
Sylvia Earle ... Herself - Oceanographer, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society
Paul Hawken ... Himself - Author, Environmentalist, Entrepreneur
Janine Benyus ... Herself - Author, Biomimicry
Stuart Pimm ... Himself - Professor of Conservation Ecology, Duke University
Paolo Soleri ... Himself - Architect, Founder of Arcosanti
David Suzuki ... Himself - Scientist, Environmentalist, Broadcaster
James Hillman ... Himself - Psychologist
James Parks Morton ... Himself - Dean Emeritus, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Nathan Gardels ... Himself - Editor, New Perspectives Quarterly
Wes Jackson ... Himself - President, The Land Institute
Joseph Tainter ... Himself - Author, The Collapse of Complex Societies
Richard Heinberg ... Himself - Author, The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies
James Woolsey ... Himself - VP, Booz Allen Hamilton, Director, CIA, Central Intelligence Agency, 1993-1995
Vijay Vaitheeswaran ... Himself - Energy & Environment Correspondent, The Economist
Brock Dolman ... Himself - WATER Institute Director, Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
Stephen Schneider ... Himself - Co-Director, Center for Environmental Science & Policy, Stanford University
Bill McKibben ... Himself - Author, Founder,
Peter de Menocal ... Himself - Associate Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University (as Peter Demenocal)
Sheila Watt-Cloutier ... Herself - International Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Conference
Ray Anderson ... Himself - Founder, Interface, Inc.
Tim Carmichael ... Himself - President, Coalition for Clean Air
Omar Freilla ... Himself - Director, Green Worker Cooperatives
Wallace J. Nichols ... Himself - Senior Scientist, The Ocean Conservancy
Diane Wilson ... Herself - Author, An Unreasonable Woman

Andrew Weil ... Himself - Director, Program for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona
Theo Colborn ... Herself - President, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange
Jeremy Jackson ... Himself - Oceanographer, Scripps Institute for Oceanography
Tzeporah Berman ... Himself - Campaign Director & Founder, Forest Ethics
Gloria Flora ... Herself - Director, Sustainable Obtainable Solutions

Mikhail Gorbachev ... Himself - Founding President, Green Cross International, 1990 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Thomas Linzey ... Himself - Executive Director, Community Environment Legal Defense Fund
Michel Gelobter ... Himself - President, Redefining Progress
Lester Brown ... Himself - President, Earth Policy Institute
Herman Daly ... Himself - Professor, University of Maryland, Former Senior Economist, World Bank
Betsy Taylor ... Herself - Founder, Center for the New American Dream
Wade Davis ... Himself - Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society
Jerry Mander ... Himself - Director, International Forum of Globalization
William McDonough ... Himself - Architect, William McDonough & Partners (as Bill McDonough)
Bruce Mau ... Himself - Creative Director, Bruce Mau Designs
John Todd ... Himself - Ecological Designer
Rick Fedrizzi ... Himself - President & CEO, US Green Building Council
Greg Watson ... Himself - Vice President, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
Leo Gerard ... Himself - President, United Steel Workers International Union
Mathew Petersen ... Himself - President & CEO, Global Green USA
Peter Warshall ... Himself - Ecologist, Whole Earth Catalogue
Andy Lipkis ... Himself - President & Founder, Tree People
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Attenborough ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Al Gore ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Brian Williams ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Leila Conners  (as Leila Conners Petersen)
Nadia Conners 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Leila Conners  (as Leila Conners Petersen)
Nadia Conners 
Leonardo DiCaprio 

Produced by
Chuck Castleberry .... producer
Leila Conners .... producer (as Leila Conners Petersen)
Irmelin DiCaprio .... executive producer
Leonardo DiCaprio .... producer
Brian Gerber .... producer
Harold Linde .... associate producer
Stephan McGuire .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jean-Pascal Beintus 
Cinematography by
Peter Youngblood Hills 
Film Editing by
Luis Alvarez y Alvarez 
Pietro Scalia 
Makeup Department
Stayc St. Onge .... hair stylist: New York
Stayc St. Onge .... makeup artist: New York
Production Management
Nick Case .... unit production manager
Dessie Markovsky .... post-production supervisor
Kevin L. James .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bettina Godi .... assistant director
Sound Department
Ron Bartlett .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrew Bock .... first assistant sound editor
Eric Flickinger .... sound recordist
Nick Foley .... adr recordist
Dennis Haggerty .... additional sound mixer
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard King .... supervising sound editor
Hamilton Sterling .... sound effects editor
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
Richard Thornsberry .... boom operator (as Rick Thornsberry)
Hugo Weng .... dialogue editor
Visual Effects by
Reece Ewing .... visual effects producer (as Larry Ewing)
Janice Body .... digital image restorer (uncredited)
Rex Reddick .... stunts: fourth episode
Camera and Electrical Department
Nico Bally .... camera crane technician
Christina Fiers .... first assistant camera
Felipe Perez-Burchard .... second assistant camera (specific segments)
Andrew Rowlands .... camera operator: specific segments
Animation Department
André Holzmeister .... animator
Marcel Luiz .... animator
Editorial Department
Padraic Culham .... on-line editor
Mark Dinicola .... digital intermediate colorist
Steve Gute .... assistant editor
Sean Martin .... assistant editor
Sean McQueeney .... assistant editor
Shawn P. Mitchell .... assistant editor
Alessandra Pasquino .... post production supervisor
Eric Potter .... assistant editor
Anna DiNuovo Slaughter .... digital intermediate producer (as Anna DiNuovo)
Miklos Wright .... additional editor
Heidi Zimmerman .... assistant editor
Music Department
Eric Avery .... composer: original music
Andy Snavley .... music editor
Andy Snavley .... music scoring mixer
Other crew
Brent Bailey .... production assistant
David Thomas Jenkins .... production assistant
Polly Johnsen .... studio executive (uncredited)
Shannon Livingston .... researcher
Eric Potter .... script supervisor
Kate Pulley .... key set production assistant
Sylvia Saether .... production assistant (as Sylvia Sether)
Mike Theiss .... stock footage
Alexander Vickers .... film publicist
Irwin M. Rappaport .... production attorney (uncredited)
Walton Goggins .... special thanks
Jason Krieger .... special thanks
Nathan Mills .... special thanks
Leland Sexton .... special thanks: BlackLight Films
J.P. Welgus .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Leonardo DiCaprio Presents The 11th Hour" - International (English title) (long title)
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USA:95 min
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Revealing mistakes: In the caption describing a U.S. Senate hearing on oil company profits, one of the testifying companies is misspelled: "ExxonMobile." The correct spelling is ExxonMobil.See more »
Kenny Ausubel:When we all talk about "saving the environment" in a way it's misstated because the environment is going to survive. We are the ones who may not survive. Or we may survive in a world we don't particularly wanna live in.See more »
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21 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
"Its all-hands-on-deck time", 3 September 2007
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Narrated, produced and spearheaded by Leonardo DiCaprio, this documentary about how humans have damaged the earth and what chance we still may have of reversing the destruction is hard to summarize, since it's a breathless amalgam of fact and opinion from dozens of experts and pundits. But here's a try: The planet is nearing meltdown. It's not just global warming. It began with the industrial revolution, when we started mistakenly looking on nature as external to us and endlessly exploitable. Forests have undergone major destruction. The ocean is turning stagnant. The soil itself is largely damaged everywhere. Worst of all, 50,000 species a year are becoming extinct, and no ecosystem can be identified as improving. Not to mention the fact that humans suffer from increasing numbers of diseases our pollution causes. At fault is the overproduction of non-sustainable manufactures, the immense waste and destruction, and the sustaining (unsustainably) of vastly more people than the planet can support. Behind all this the primary cause is the fuels we use, petroleum being the primary one.

So far, the process can still be slowed, perhaps reversed--but not for long. We have the technology, though nature itself rather than any man-made "thing" is the greatest resource, and the solution is in harmonizing ourselves with it, not further dominating it. In a few years, we will have reached the point of no return. This is not just the 11th hour, but the last few seconds of the sixtieth minute of that hour. Within this new century, if nothing effective is achieved, planetary damage will be dramatic and total in every area. It's impossible to predict, but extreme disaster could come very rapidly, once the balance is decisively tipped in the wrong direction, and it will happen everywhere. Nowhere is safe from it.

As one reviewer has said, if we don't slit our throats after hearing the first half of this story, some "intriguing options" are suggested in the last third Various speakers believe that while humanity may not survive, without a reversal of the trend, life on earth probably will. (Welcome to Insectopia.) But surprisingly enough, though everything we do has to be changed radically and totally, things won't necessarily look wholly different. The difference will be inside. An 85% efficient train car looks just like a little old train car, only its interior works will have changed. A wholly self-sustainable skyscraper still looks on the outside just like a skyscraper: the new Bank America building in New York resembles the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, only with more glass.

Not only are the technologies all available, but there are many plans about how to use them, and doing so can be immensely profitable even for existing businesses, if they alter their products and raw materials. The obstacle is resistant mindsets, and above all a lack of leadership. There's another obstacle--well, many; and they're mostly in the United States. The large corporations in whose interest it is to go on gobbling fossil fuel (or as writer Thom Hartman calls it, "ancient sunlight"), rule our world, and our American leaders are their marionettes. The average working guy doesn't think beyond the morning traffic report. We all need to learn to care. Dippy as it sounds, all we need is love. And we can act fast when we want to--look at the American performance in WWII.

Al Gore has greeted The 11th Hour as a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth. In a sense it is that. In David Guggenheim's Oscar-winning film Gore demonstrates why and how global warming is a reality and a cause of grave concern. The 11th Hour sets this event in a larger context, warns further of the urgency of acting now, and, unlike Inconvenient Truth, goes into detail about practical solutions. The 11th Hour, unfortunately, isn't as polished and effective as An Inconvenient Truth. The latter is unified by Gore's personality. DiCaprio provides an appealing sort of youthful everyman voice (even a Hollywood superstar becomes an everyman in this context), but he doesn't hold The 11th Hour together. Though the range of expertise is impressive and valuable, structurally there is a dauntingly rapid succession of different faces. Even during the 11th hour of 11th Hour new speakers keep appearing and it's difficult to take in all the names and credentials first time through. Luckily there are a few strong and unmistakable voices, like the broadcaster David Suzuki; Stephen Hawking; Mikhail Gorbachov. The soft southern accent of Interface founder Ray Anderson, a "good" corporate CEO, is familiar from the Gore film.

Sometimes information and animated diagrams go by with ridiculous speed. It's as if the filmmakers were a little terrified of omitting something. This will work fine on a DVD where you can freeze-frame to check things out; it doesn't work so well in a theater. Speeded-up urban sequences look like some sloppy version of Koyaanisqatsi. These flaws make one nostalgic for Gore's measured tones. His detractors called Inconvenient Truth "a glorified Power Point lecture." But that's much better than sounding, as DiCaprio occasionally does, like the narrator of some high school educational flick.

Consequently it's not too surprising that 11th Hour has fared less well critically than Truth, despite some significant champions--the critics of some of the major US papers, and smart writers like Andres O'Hehir of, David Edelstein of New York Magazine, Jonathan Rosenbaum of The Chicago Reader--and one could go on. Ultimately, the film's weaknesses don't matter, because its content is too important and smart to dismiss.

Attacking The 11th Hour feels unwise--like killing the messenger. Conners and Peterson and DiCaprio and all those bright people are saying things we need to hear. Is the quality of this movie really such an issue? The far more significant issue raised is this: sure, we can "vote" by buying low-watt bulbs and recycling and reducing our individual "carbon footprints." But to act collectively, we'll need that so-far-missing leadership. Where is it going to come from?

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