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Live! (2007)

A mockumentary following an ambitious TV network executive trying to produce a controversial reality show where contestants play Russian Roulette.

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Katy
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Rex
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Byron
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Jewel
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Pablo
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Brad
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Abalone
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Rick
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Buck
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Plummy
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Don
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Dylan
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In a world where reality and entertainment are continuously colliding, Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Bill Guttentag's feature debut Live! follows ABN network president Katy Courbet and up-and-coming documentary filmmaker Rex as inspiration strikes to create the most daring reality program ever. The show is Russian Roulette, network style, with contestants competing for five million dollars on-air, complete with loaded guns. As seen through the lens of a documentary film crew, Live! examines the competitive and often gut-wrenching world of television production, where everyone from the crew to the contestants to the network brass becomes engulfed in a ratings battle to the top-a battle where questions of morality, ethics and sheer will lead to a darkly humorous and unforgettable outcome. Written by producers

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Rated R for some violent content, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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1 November 2007 (Netherlands)  »

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Ao Vivo!  »

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While the whole premise of the show is Russian roulette, somehow the legal team says because the killing bullet is unknown they can legally show the game. While in actuality, there are federal laws which would prevent this kind of show from ever existing. The show would be considered reckless endangerment as it meets the legal definition. Reckless endangerment is a crime consisting of acts that create a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person. The accused person isn't required to intend the resulting or potential harm, but must have acted in a way that showed a disregard for the foreseeable consequences of the actions. See more »

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References Cops (1989) See more »

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Never Leave The Sun
Written by Leslie Mills and Chris Pelcer
Performed by Leslie Mills
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Definitely worth watching; no masterpiece.
16 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

Although I found the message of the movie somewhat cliché (as I'm sure many, including the writer(s), will agree) and I thought I spotted a plot hole here or there, it had a decent script, effective directing and decent acting from the entire cast. That's decent twice, because although I definitely feel that this production deserved the time, money and energy invested, I am more looking forward to seeing the director's future, hopefully more refined work.

However, as someone said in a discussion thread below, the climax really made you feel as if you were transported into the semi-fictional world of the film, despite being aware of what your own reality is like. That's a tough thing to accomplish, and that, combined with several other moments of effective self-reference by the movie, can only cause me to conclude that it's a solid piece of work by all involved, and it shows definite promise of To sum up: overall worth watching at least once.


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