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Cast

  (in credits order)

Al Franken ... Himself
Franni Bryson ... Herself (as Franni Franken)
Katherine Lanpher ... Herself
Billy Kimball ... Himself
Ben Wikler ... Himself
Tim Bradley ... Himself - Team Franken
Ayo Griffin ... Himself - Team Franken
Rob Mackey ... Himself - Team Franken
Jim Norton ... Himself - Team Franken
Chris Rosen ... Himself - Team Franken
Kate Sullivan ... Herself - Team Franken
Gabrielle Zuckerman ... Herself - Team Franken
William J. Bennett ... Himself (as Bill Bennett)
Neal Boortz ... Himself

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage) (as President George Bush)
Tucker Carlson ... Himself
Dick Cheney ... Himself

Hillary Rodham Clinton ... Herself (as Senator Hillary Clinton)
Evan Cohen ... Himself
Norm Coleman ... Himself (as Senator Norm Coleman)

Ann Coulter ... Herself
John Edwards ... Himself (as Senator John Edwards)
Matthew Entenza ... Himself (as Rep. Matthew Entenza)
David Foster ... Himself
Joe Franken ... Himself
Phoebe Kunst Franken ... Herself

Janeane Garofalo ... Herself
Carl Ginsburg ... Himself
David Goodfriend ... Himself

Al Gore ... Himself (archive footage)

Tipper Gore ... Herself (archive footage)
C. Boyden Gray ... Himself
Lloyd Grove ... Himself
Sean Hannity ... Himself
Karen Hughes ... Herself
Brit Hume ... Himself (archive footage)
Molly Ivins ... Herself (as Molly Ivens)

Robert Kennedy Jr. ... Himself (as Robert F. Kennedy Jr.)
Bob Kerrey ... Himself (as Senator Bob Kerrey)

John Kerry ... Himself (as Senator John Kerry)

Henry Kissinger ... Himself

Jay Leno ... Himself
Rush Limbaugh ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Medved ... Himself
Zell Miller ... Himself (archive footage) (as Senator Zell Miller)
Walter Mondale ... Himself (as Vice President Walter Mondale)

Michael Moore ... Himself

Bill O'Reilly ... Himself
Steve Roberts ... Himself
Pat Schroeder ... Herself (as Representative Pat Schroeder)
Chuck Schumer ... Himself (as Senator Chuck Schumer)

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Himself (as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Mark Shanahan ... Himself
William Safire ... Himself
Alan Simpson ... Himself (as Senator Alan Simpson)
Jon Sinton ... Himself
Suzy Vasillov ... Herself
Mark Walsh ... Himself
Lally Weymouth ... Herself
Nick Weicker ... Himself
Paul Wellstone ... Himself (archive footage) (as Senator Paul Wellstone)
Sheila Wellstone ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Terry McAuliffe ... Himself

Jon Stewart ... Himself

Directed by
Nick Doob 
Chris Hegedus 
 
Produced by
Wendy Ettinger .... consulting producer
Nick Fraser .... executive producer: BBC
Walker Lamond .... associate producer
Rebecca Marshall .... producer
D.A. Pennebaker .... executive producer
Frazer Pennebaker .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ed Smart 
 
Film Editing by
Nick Doob 
Chris Hegedus 
 
Sound Department
Paul Furedi .... sound mixer
Nick Foley .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Doob .... camera operator
Chris Hegedus .... camera operator
Walker Lamond .... additional camera operator
Rebecca Marshall .... additional camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Mike Maguire .... colorist (as Michael Maguire)
Larry Schmitt .... on-line editor
 
Other crew
Nate Allard .... assistant: Al Franken
Jane Balfour .... foreign sales
Casey Boyd .... assistant: Al Franken
Cathy Carapella .... clearances
Karen Shatzkin .... legal services
 
Thanks
Andy Elias .... thanks
Joe Franken .... thanks
Owen Franken .... thanks
Thomasin Franken .... thanks
Francesca Gage .... thanks
Maya Handelsman .... thanks
Michael Harrison .... thanks
Lisa Johnson .... thanks
Kit Pennebaker .... thanks
Adam Pincus .... thanks
Ellen Ratner .... thanks
Bingham Ray .... thanks
David Rose .... thanks
Nigel Sinclair .... thanks
Pamela Stewart .... thanks
Philip M. Strub .... thanks (as Phil Strub)
Richard Sugarman .... thanks
Mark Wills .... thanks
Jeff Zeiger .... thanks
 

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Telling the truth - Fair & Unbalanced., 12 December 2007
Author: Randy from Colorado

Al Franken may not be your cup of tea. He may not be your favorite comedian, radio talk show host, or author. His cackle may annoy you. But his obedience to bringing out the truth in important political issues shines through as his most enduring and important trait.

This documentary follows Franken during the last few years and shows the private and public sides - or make that side, because they are virtually interchangeable. What this film demonstrates is that love him or hate him, he's not putting on a show. He is passionate about pointing out the distortions, the misrepresentations, and of course the outright lies that are purported and disseminated by the conservative right-wing segment of the American media.

The film flows smoothly, keeps a good pace, and edits the boring parts out of the political backdrop through which Al constantly presents himself. It never dwells too long on one subject nor drags on with endless monologue - there is simply too much good material that the editors needed to get to.

Franken is, first and foremost, a satirist. He sees the punch line in any situation, and has a tuned comic timing that has served him well, allowing him to surreptitiously get close to his opponents, and deliver criticism with unfazed wit and vigor.

Franken seemingly has no agenda short of exposing deceit and uncovering the truth. I enjoyed this film, and believe it illustrates that Franken is not guided by idiom, or faith, or conspiracy, but by reality and his passion to broadcast it.

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