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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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I would recommend this film to every man, woman and child on planet earth. See more (22 total) »

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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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
I would recommend this film to every man, woman and child on planet earth., 19 December 2006
Author: cross-45 from Ireland

This is a stunning film that covers the oil question in a way never viewed before. What impressed me was the calm factual reasoning/questioning/answering/reviewing without the emotional drama normally associated with going to the cinema.

This film filled in many gaps, that really made sense to me of what was going on and has been going on for a very long time. It has impressed me so much that I have started going back to review history because of all the questions it has raised for me.

This film puts into perspective and also gives me many answers for the bloodshed carried out in many of the wars of the last century, and continuing into this century. When you have seen it there is a recognition, as when you get news/information/diagnosis that makes you go AH ! That explains it !

For me it was like getting an economic clinical diagnosis - of an economic terminal illness. And these are the reasons why.... And we've ignored all the symptoms...... And all the indicators...... And now with the best will in the world we will probably still have a huge decline, before things can get better, if they ever will......

But - by doing nothing we will have an economic meltdown.

By waking up and taking action - by making sure those in charge take action, we can slow the process and ensure that developing countries need to divert into renewable energy rather than old energy (oil) to achieve their aspirations.

There is a lot that can be done, starting with the reasons why that are portrayed in this film. It is absolutely amazing to see such a film on a big screen - but I must remember that this is real - this is our lives/lifestyles we are watching going up in smoke. While cinema is the vehicle, but this is not a film about make believe - in fact it is doing the opposite of what films are normally about and using itself as a means to get us to believe.

This is my honest reaction so far after having seen this film only once over a week ago. Initially I thought it a bit repetitive, but afterward I was glad as it has made it memorable, to the point that I can't let it drop. I look at everything differently and through a different value system. It really is like you hear of how people re-evaluate after getting a diagnosis of a terminal illness - that is what this film has done for me. I can't wait to get hold of a copy of the DVD.

It is the best film I have ever seen - and the title couldn't have been better !

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