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Freakonomics -- Some of the world's most innovative documentary filmmakers explore incentives-based thinking.

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Writers (WGA):
Peter Bull (written by) (segment) &
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Release Date:
3 December 2010 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Six Rogue Filmmakers Explore The Hidden Side Of Everything
Plot:
A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Provocative but Poorly Executed See more (23 total) »

Cast

 

James Ransone

Tempestt Bledsoe ... Herself (archive footage)

Morgan Spurlock ... Himself - Narrator

Bill Gates ... Himself

Melvin Van Peebles ... Himself - Narrator (segment "It's Not Always A Wonderful Life")

Greg Crowe ... Johnny the Mechanic

Alisha Nagarsheth ... Student

Rahmel Long ... Courtroom Audience

Zoe Sloane ... Blake

Ngozi Jane Anyanwu ... Uneek
John D. Rockefeller ... Himself
Sarah Croce ... Yoga Instructor

Kahiry Bess ... Deshawn
Barry Eisler ... Himself

Lian Amado ... High School Girl (as Lian Toni Amado)

Jade Viggiano ... High School Girl
Akebono ... Himself
Konishiki ... Himself

Mala Wright ... Courtroom Audience

Dan Chen ... Bruce-Cubicle Worker
Stephen Dubner ... Himself - Co-Author
Davida Kelly ... Bobbi
Steven Levitt ... Himself - Author
Kellie Gerardi ... Lexus
Nicholas Bulba ... All American Son / Rufus
Hassan Brown ... Deshawn's Dad
Hector Palacios ... Courtroom Audience
Jalani McNair ... Loser Lane
Veronica Heffron ... Courtroom Audience
Blaire Whitney ... High School Girl

Amancaya Aguilar ... Mercedes
Cheyenne Bascoe ... Temptress
Mike MacAllister ... Himself
Carl Alleyne ... Temptress' Mom's Boyfriend
Emily Shaw ... Stripper
Nicholas Tong ... Dwight-Cubicle Worker
Adesuwa Addy Iyare ... Temptress' Mom
Tyler J. Gilmore ... Kevin-Cubicle Worker
Leslie Marx ... Courtroom Audience
Sendhil Mullainathan ... Himself (as Dr. Sendhil Mullainathan)
Andrew Greiche ... Jake
Peter Zerneck ... All American Dad / Marmaduke
Richard Kohn ... Judge Ignatius Lyons
Danielle Sabrina ... High School Girl
Shae Weber ... All American Daughter / Alabama
Loren Cagno ... High School Girl
Michael Worthington ... Baliff
Ron Douglas ... Robert Lane
Lisa Sobin ... High School Girl
Mark Fernandes ... Courtroom Audience
Ashley Bryan ... Jake's Mom
J. Avery Shoates ... Young Temptress
Adam Kaufman ... Angry Deli Owner
Laura Wattenberg ... Herself
Keenan Pollack ... All American Infant / Gidget
Loshona ... Uneqqee
Kelli Chaves ... High School Girl
Almudin Ally ... Courtroom Audience
Francie Scanlon ... Courtroom Audience
Nikoli ... Winner Lane
Richard Kohn ... Judge Ignatius Lyons
Mark Dorsey ... Jake's Dad
Paul Matulef ... Courtroom Audience
Roland Fryer ... Himself
Alyssa Wheeldon ... High School Girl
Jameesha Blackburn ... Uneque
James Leibow ... Himself
Terence B. Exodus ... Courtroom Audience
Peggy Davern ... Courtroom Audience
Kristina Hovey ... Stripper
Maya Cain ... Baby Temptress
Tara Hall ... High School Girl
Mark Getman ... Murray
Emma Meyers ... Angela-Cubicle Worker
Erin Renee Taylor ... High School Girl
Lori Richardson ... Deshawn's Mom
Christina Duran ... All American Mom / Tallulah

Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dan Rather ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Heidi Ewing 
Alex Gibney 
Seth Gordon 
Rachel Grady 
Eugene Jarecki 
Morgan Spurlock 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Peter Bull (written by) (segment "Pure Corruption") &
Alex Gibney (written by) (segment "Pure Corruption")

Jeremy Chilnick (written by) (segment "A Roshanda by Any Other Name") &
Morgan Spurlock (written by) (segment "A Roshanda by Any Other Name")

Eugene Jarecki (written by) (segment "It's Not Always a Wonderful Life")

Heidi Ewing (written by) (segment "Can a Ninth Grader Be Bribed to Succeed?") &
Rachel Grady (written by) (segment "Can a Ninth Grader Be Bribed to Succeed?")

Seth Gordon (written by) (intro and transitional segments)

Steven Levitt (book) (as Steven D. Levitt) and
Stephen Dubner (book) (as Stephen J. Dubner)

Produced by
Craig Atkinson .... producer
Peter Bull .... segment producer
Hilary Carr .... co-producer
Peter Cerbin .... co-producer
Rafi Chaudry .... co-producer
Jeremy Chilnick .... segment producer
Paul Fiore .... executive producer
Joanna Forscher .... co-segment producer (as Joanna Chejade-Bloom)
Kathleen Fournier .... segment producer
Alex Gibney .... segment producer
Christina Gonzalez .... line producer
Seth Gordon .... executive producer
Alexandra Johnes .... segment producer
Sloane Klevin .... co-producer
Erika Knowles .... associate producer
Damon Martin .... executive producer
Dan O'Meara .... producer
Jay Rifkin .... executive producer
Michael Roban .... executive producer
Mary Rohlich .... segment producer
Chris Romano .... producer
Melinda Shopsin .... co-producer
Michiko Toyama .... associate producer
Chad Troutwine .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Brill 
Craig DeLeon  (as Craig Deleon)
Michael Furjanic 
Human 
Mike MacAllister 
Peter Nashel 
Jon Spurney 
Michael Wandmacher 
 
Cinematography by
Junji Aoki 
Derek Hallquist 
Tony Hardmon 
Darren Lew 
Daniel Marracino 
Ferne Pearlstein 
Rob VanAlkemade 
 
Film Editing by
Douglas Blush 
Tova Goodman 
Sloane Klevin 
Luis Lopez 
Nelson Ryland 
Michael Taylor 
 
Art Direction by
Joe Posner 
 
Makeup Department
Nicole Khitrik .... makeup artist
Mindi Levinson .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Alexandra Johnes .... post-production supervisor
Shirel Kozak .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Peter Buccellato .... sound recordist
Travis Call .... audio post coordinator
Bill Chesley .... sound designer
Rusty Dunn .... sound effects editor
Brian Fish .... sound mixer
Matt Geldof .... sound recordist
Steve Giammaria .... assistant re-recording mixer
Steve Giammaria .... sound editor
Lewis Goldstein .... re-recording mixer
David Hocs .... sound recordist
Christopher Koch .... re-recording mixer
Shuji Kosaki .... sound recordist
Cate Montana .... dialogue editor
Ryan M. Price .... voiceover recordist
Alex Riordan .... production sound mixer: Chicago
Tom Ryan .... adr recordist
Matt Vogel .... sound mixer
Tony Volante .... re-recording mixer
Elmo Weber .... re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Marie Deleon .... di producer
Billy Gabor .... DI colorist
Marci Ichimura .... visual effects lead
Lewis Kofsky .... visual effects and animation producer
Jess Mireau .... motion graphics
Brian Oakes .... motion graphics producer
Mark Rubbo .... visual effects
Clay Tweel .... visual effects (as J. Clay Tweel)
Chris Wiseman .... conforming hd editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jillian Arnold .... first assistant camera: introductoin and transitional segments
Craig Atkinson .... additional cinematogrpher
Ben Bloodwell .... additional cinematography
Hisashi Kikuchi .... assistant camera
Ronan Killeen .... second camera
Philip J. Martinez .... additional Steadicam operator
William O'Marra .... second camera
Antonio Rossi .... additional cinematography
 
Animation Department
Matthew Foglia .... 3D animation supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Simon Barker .... supervising editor
Dan Bowhers .... technical assistance
Marc Brown .... film output: digital intermediate
Rob Burgos .... colorist (segment: Can a Ninth Grader Be Bribed to Succeed?)
Daniel DiMauro .... assistant editor
Andrew Doga .... assistant editor
Paul Frost .... supervising editor
Dan Hacker .... assistant editor
Jeff Hedberg .... technical assistance
Benjamin Murray .... on-line editor
Ben Sozanski .... first assistant editor
Clay Tweel .... assistant editor (as J. Clay Tweel)
 
Location Management
Philip Dann .... location manager
Rolando Hudson .... location manager
 
Music Department
Susie Bench .... orchestrator
Paul Brill .... composer: additional music
Michael Wandmacher .... orchestrator: introduction and transitional segments
 
Other crew
Audra Arnaudon .... production coordinator
Erin Barnett .... assistant to director
Sam Black .... researcher
Caitlin Bray .... assistant to director
Sarah Carleton .... assistant to executive producer
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... production counsel
Eline Gordts .... intern
Amna Hafiz .... intern
Emmy Suzuki Harris .... interpreter
Emmy Suzuki Harris .... production coordinator
Kordula Hildebrandt .... public relations: HILDEBRANDT FILM
Brian Nils Johnson .... production assistant
Susan Johnson .... researcher
Barbara Karen .... production accountant
Nate McCallister .... intern
Nicholas Nummerdor .... production assistant
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
Nicholas Ray .... intern
Daniel Schloss .... production assistant
Sara Schweizer .... production assistant
Siobhan Shields .... production assistant
Christopher St. John .... researcher
Robert Stein .... legal services
Yukari Watanabe .... interpreter
Henriette Wollmann .... legal consultant: international sales
Zachary Skipp .... intern (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Robert Edwards .... thanks
Edward Eglin .... special thanks
Aidan Ferreria .... special thanks
Christine Ferreria .... special thanks
Brian Galvin .... special thanks
Nova Jacobs .... special thanks
Helen Kay .... thanks
Jeremy Rabb .... special thanks
Daniel A. West .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for elements of violence, sexuality/nudity, drugs, and brief strong language
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93 min | USA:85 min
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Germany:6 | Japan:G | Singapore:NC-16 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46215)

Did You Know?

Quotes:
Steven Levitt - Author:The closest thing to a worldview, I would say, in "Freakonomics," is that incentives matter. Not just financial incentives, but social incentives and moral incentives.See more »
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Features It's a Wonderful Life (1946)See more »
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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Provocative but Poorly Executed, 20 March 2011
Author: piapaya from United States

I've read the book, which was indubitably very interesting, even if it some claims seemed a tad far-fetched. The documentary, however, has several problems. Firstly, each chapter of the book can EASILY-- actually, SHOULD-- be a documentary of its own. The data used to back up the claims is fairly poor and weak, which is a shame, because some of the ideas really are interesting to explore. But with so little time devoted to them, they don't seem credible. The problem with this documentary and the book is that it makes no effort to refute any counterarguments-- and there are MANY possible ones. It is incredibly easy to lie with statistics and spin numbers to work for you.

Even in terms of entertainment value, it was mediocre, at best. To be frank, I found Dubner and Levitt's commentary extremely annoying. I felt like they were lecturing first graders. The way information was presented in neat little elementary-school-like "what-we-learned- from-this" packages was another annoyance for me.

The main problem with a documentary that attempts to make an argument is that you have to do it in a way that does not make the viewers feel manipulated, which is very difficult (Michael Moore, for instance, sucks at it). And one such as this does not make a solid case for any of its claims and left me with a huge pile of questions. Even if what they say really is true, I can't buy it, because the evidence is presented in such a slapdash, half-baked kind of way.

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