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Jimmy Carter Man from Plains (2007)

A chronicle of the former president's tour recent for his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lillian Carter ...
Herself (archive footage)
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Himself
Rosalynn Carter ...
Herself
Elizabeth Hayes ...
Herself
Terry Gross ...
Herself
Carolyn Cole ...
Herself - LA Times
Josh Getlin ...
Himself - LA Times
Jane Ammeson ...
Herself - Chicago Tribune
David Rosenthal ...
Himself - Simon and Schuster
Carolyn Reidy ...
Herself - Simon and Schuster
...
Himself
Diane Rehm ...
Herself
...
Himself
Laura Ertmer ...
Herself - intern
Remington Byer ...
Himself - intern
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Late in 2006, President Jimmy Carter tours the U.S. promoting his provocative "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid." Demme's camera follows Carter from city to city, home to Plains (population 635), visiting a Habitat for Humanity site in New Orleans, and talking on radio and TV with Teri Gross, Charlie Rose, Diane Rehm, Jay Leno, Larry King, Wolf Blitzer, Tavis Smiley, and Al Jazeera and Israeli pundits, discussing Palestine's plight and the policies of Israel. Critics speak as well. Between events, Carter talks about Camp David, recent travels, being married, speaking Spanish, and wisdom he learned from Rachel Clark, his nanny. A montage of speeches, awards, and travels ends the film. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG for some thematic elements and brief disturbing images
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15 August 2008 (UK)  »

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He Comes in Peace  »

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$10,413 (USA) (26 October 2007)

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$108,282 (USA) (15 February 2008)
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The film's 2007 production notes declared: "Carter Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary". They continued: "ATLANTA - The Carter Center, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn [Rosalynn Carter], is celebrating 25 years of progress in advancing peace, health, and hope worldwide. The Center works to secure a broad range of human rights as the foundation for peace and development, helping individuals and communities in more than 70 nations obtain the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to improve their own lives. 'Self-governance, freedom from political persecution, adequate food, and access to health care-these rights give people self-respect, human dignity, and hope for the future,' says President Carter. 'They are essential to creating a world at peace.' The Carter Center was started as a place where the former president and first lady could continue working on issues important to them after they left the White House. Today, the Carters lead a permanent staff of 160 working with world leaders and people at the grass roots in many of the poorest nations." See more »

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A few weeks in the life of an ex-President
26 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Set primarily along the signing tour of his latest controversial book, Jimmy Carter Man from Plains takes us inside the private life of the much maligned 39th President of the United States.

Politics aside, it is a well made and enjoyable two hours. Most enjoyable were the few occasions that showed the ex-Prez at home in Plains or interacting with makeup artists, town people at a BBQ, or on set prior to being on the air.

The documentary primarily deals with talking about his choice to use the word "Apartheid" in the title and charges of anti-Semite stances in the book, of which Carter fervently disagrees.

The documentary is not by any stretch a thorough commentary on Carter's presidency or political takes, it is more a one month "slice of life" of a very active, 83 year old ex-President that still is trying to remain relevant some 27 years out of office.

I highly recommend it even if you are not a big Carter supporter. It is not often that we get the chance to ride along with a President, or ex- President, and it was an enjoyable and informative ride!


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