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A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash -- OilCrash is examining the state of the world's dwindling oil resources. It finds that we're running out of fossil fuels much sooner than anticipated.

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March 2006 (USA) See more »
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How our civilization's addiction to oil is putting it on a collision course with geology See more »
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A theatrical documentary on the planet's dwindling oil resources. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

 
Wade Adams ... Himself - Researcher in Nanotechnology
Abdul Samad Al-Awadi ... Himself - Oil Consultant (as Abdul Samad al-Awadi)
Fadhil J. Al-Chalabi ... Himself - Former OPEC Executive Secretary-General (as Fadhil al-Chalabi)
Roscoe Bartlett ... Himself - US Congressman
Robert Bottome ... Himself - Economist, Caracas
Colin J. Campbell ... Himself - Oil Geologist
Marcello Colitti ... Himself - Former Chief Executive of ENI S.p.A.
Alberto Quirós Corradi ... Himself - President of Allied Consulting, Caracas
Mir-Babajev Mir-Jusiv Fazilogli ... Himself - Oil Historian
Daniele Ganser ... Himself - Historian
David L. Goodstein ... Himself - Professor of Physics and Applied Physics (as Dr. David L. Goodstein Ph.D.)
Richard Heinberg ... Himself
Terry Lynn Karl ... Herself - Professor of Political Science
Franklin M. Orr Jr. ... Himself - Professor
Sherry Phillips ... Herself - Mayor of McCamey, Texas
Matthew David Savinar ... Himself - Attorney
Matthew Simmons ... Himself - Energy Adviser to US President George W. Bush
Alfred M. Spormann ... Himself - Professor of Environmental Microbiology
Manouchehr Takin ... Himself - Senior Petroleum Analyst
Louis Woodward ... Himself - Oil Entrepreneur
Gary Yanibelli ... Himself - Hummer Car Salesman

Directed by
Basil Gelpke 
Raymond McCormack 
Reto Caduff (co-director)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Basil Gelpke 
Raymond McCormack 

Produced by
Basil Gelpke .... executive producer
David Haisch .... research producer
Raymond McCormack .... producer
 
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
Daniel Schnyder 
 
Cinematography by
Frank Messmer 
Daniel Pfisterer 
 
Film Editing by
Georgia Wyss 
 
Production Design by
Melinda Gelpke 
 
Sound Department
Daniel Faesch .... sound editor
Robert Porter .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Grell .... director of photography: additional photography
Bradley Stonesifer .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Florian Nussbaumer .... assistant editor
Roger Sommer .... colorist
 
Other crew
Linda Litowsky .... publicist
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
 

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Also Known As:
"A Crude Awakening" - USA (short title)
"OilCrash" - International (English title) (short title)
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84 min | 85 min (approx)
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1.78 : 1 See more »
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Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | New Zealand:G | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Like Snorting Cocaine: It's Addictive, 5 July 2007
Author: fwomp from United States

The most fascinating aspect to A CRUDE AWAKENING is that the film was made not by some left-wing conspiracy theorists with ties to Greenpeace or The World Wildlife Fund, but by two Swiss directors, one (Gelpke) with a background in anthropology, economics, war reporting, and science films, and the other (McCormack) who holds an honors degree in Environmental Policy and Management. These two men know how to make a documentary that looks at both sides of our oil needs and industry while not knocking our addictive behavior towards gasoline. It does lack a few aspects in the end, but holds your attention enough to make the whole watchable.

The focus, as the title suggests, is on our crude oil dependency. We all know oil won't last forever, right? Right? Please tell me you know this. If not, you really need to watch this film. It looks at the boom and bust methodology used in early crude oil finds and how we naively thought (up until the 1970s) that oil/gas would last forever.

The story slashes across socio-economic ground, taking in opinions from specialists in the field to Senators and economists. All of them, without exception, realize that oil isn't going to last much longer. The need to find alternative fuels that are (and here's the key) affordable is on.

The great thing is that these men and women talk about how vital oil and natural gas is to our financial existence, simply because it is so cheap. You just can't find energy this affordable. Fuel cell technology, hydrogen fuels, solar, and many other alternatives are discussed but are exceptionally expensive to produce and market to the general population. No doubt we have a lot of worries coming our way as carbon-based fuels become more and more scarce.

The only lacking aspect in this documentary was that there's very little time given over to these alternative energy methods, and no experts on said same. All of the information comes from experts in the gas industry or those who monitor it. To truly round-out the program I would've liked to have seen specialists in alternative car manufacturing and other items that are undoubtedly headed our way.

Still, this is an insightful documentary to get your hands on. And one to show your kids to get them on-the-ball about what they can do to help decrease our oil addiction.

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