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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
...
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
John Lewis ...
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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Worth the watch ...
14 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, Jamie Johnson might not come across as a great intellect in the film ... but you have to respect his efforts. His confrontational perseverance in discussing uncomfortable topics with wealthy Americans is both informative and thought-provoking.

Basically Johnson, a member of the wealthy family of Johnson & Johnson fame, uses his knowledge and connections to interview some of the wealthiest members of society ... and their advisers. The results are sometimes embarrassing to watch!

The basic essence of his questions relate to a comment he makes early on:

"I'm a lucky guy ... we're part of a small number of American families that own most of the country's wealth. But, having so much in the hands of so few can't be good for America."

Most of the people interviewed clearly aren't skilled at answering these types of questions. They don't come across as "bad" or unlikeable

  • but more as average people who are simply looking to protect the


great wealth they've inherited.

For giving viewers a frank glimpse of who these people are ... and are not, I applaud Johnson. I'm pretty sure that none of the people he interviewed will ever forget how inept they seemed at the issues he confronted them with.

As for Johnson ... well, he really needs to fix that strong lisp he has if he wants to add credibility as a narrator. He also flounders a bit here and there on film ... but so what? It's clear he is focused in what he's trying to do and is thinking deeply about the issues - far more so than those he interviews.

If you want a peek at how the wealthiest Americans think about their situations - this is a must-see. It's a great opportunity to see things from an insider's perspective.


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