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In this hard-hitting but humorous documentary, director Jamie Johnson takes the exploration of wealth that he began in Born Rich one step further. The One Percent, refers to the tiny ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Nicole Buffet ...
Herself - Granddaughter of Investor Warren Buffett
Chuck Collins ...
Himself - Great Grandson of Oscar Meyer
Steve Forbes
Cody Franchetti ...
Himself - Italian Baron
Milton Friedman ...
Himself - Nobel Laureate
Bill Gates Sr. ...
Himself - Father of Microsoft Founder
Eddie Bernice Johnson ...
Herself - Chair Congressional Black Caucus 2001-03
Gretchen Johnson ...
Herself - Jamie's Mother
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Himself
Jim Johnson ...
Himself - Jamie's Father
Adnan Khashoggi ...
Himself - Arms Merchant
Claude Kirk ...
Himself - Former Governor of Florida
Greg Kushner ...
Himself - Lido Wealth Conference Director
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Himself - US Representative (D)
Roy Martin ...
Himself - President, Martin Lumber Co.
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In this hard-hitting but humorous documentary, director Jamie Johnson takes the exploration of wealth that he began in Born Rich one step further. The One Percent, refers to the tiny percentage of Americans who control nearly half the wealth of the U.S. Johnson's thesis is that this wealth in the hands of so few people is a danger to our very way of life. Johnson captures his story through personal interviews with Robert Reich, Adnan Khashoggi, Bill Gates Sr., and Steve Forbes, during which both Johnson's and his subjects' knowledge and humor shine. And he's not afraid to butt heads with Milton Friedman, the economist who coined the term "the trickledown effect." He also shows how the other half lives, using real-world examples of the wealth gap: he takes a tour of a dilapidated housing project in Chicago, rides around with an enlightened taxi driver, and sees the human toll of the unfair economics of the Florida sugar industry. Johnson's film is at its most powerful when it reveals ... Written by Schafer, Nancy

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Great documentary!
16 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think this should be shown in every school in America. The People need to take back control of our country. If our country right now was a Corporation The President would be the CEO (Spokesperson, Public Figure, Not much Control) The Bankers are the "Board of Directors" And the top 1% are the shareholders. This is not what our founding fathers intended. In the original structure of America, the President was the CEO, Congress was the board of directors, and the PEOPLE were the shareholders. I only hope our next generation can put a stop to this oligarchy! And Milton Friedman was an ignorant S.O.B. and I hope he's burning in Hell!


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