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The One Percent (2006)

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
Cody Franchetti ...
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
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
Himself - US Representative (D)
Roy Martin ...
Himself - President, Martin Lumber Co.


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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The word "Greed" is not mentioned even one single time in this documentary, even though it has a pivotal significance throughout the whole subject at hand. See more »


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Excellent movie. Helped shed some light on some things that have bothered me for years.
5 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

First of all I am not going to critique how well I think this film was made. It was an independent film and low budget, but the content was very interesting to me.

How one views this film will depend on, for one, what financial bracket they fall into and how they view money. I love the reviewer that basically said the film maker was a socialist, just like the Nobel prize winner in this film does.

I'm sorry but no matter how intelligent the Nobel prize winner is (I don't remember his name and it doesn't really matter to me) in this film, he did not seem to possess what I consider to be much more important than some great ideas. He did not seem to possess much compassion or caring for humanity in general. He seemed to be very proud of his own theories and of capitalism that is so obviously failing in America.

So perhaps I speak to the middle class or poor when I write this review, if IMDb even allows it to be posted. This is the kind of film whose time has come. Today is April 4th 2011. There is a huge gap between the rich and more importantly decision makers and the fading middle class and poor in this country. This is happening in other countries as well and of course has been happening all throughout history.

This movie is more than a rich kids guilt trip. It is his acknowledgement that something is wrong. He doesn't feel right about it and is trying to do something about it despite how much it might shake things up. The family image. The images of other families.

The fear that the rich seem to have and the need to have more. It is crazy. It is repulsive to me. A kind of thinking I cannot understand.

All I will say is this. It is just a matter of time, in America, before enough people get fed up, and yep I am talking about the fading middle class and the poor. And if the rich think they are scared now, they have no clue what is about to come. This isn't a threat. It is just what I am pretty sure about to happen, yep, I'll say it, revolution.

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