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Freakonomics -- The best-selling book that dramatically changed the way we look at the world is brought to life by six of the most acclaimed directors of our time in a funny, thought provoking & highly entertaining film.
Freakonomics -- Some of the world's most innovative documentary filmmakers explore incentives-based thinking.
Freakonomics -- Freakonomics is the highly anticipated film version of the phenomenally bestselling book about incentives-based thinking by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. The film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies...


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3 December 2010 (UK) See more »
Six Rogue Filmmakers Explore The Hidden Side Of Everything
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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
Sarah Croce ... Yoga Instructor

Zoe Sloane ... Blake
John D. Rockefeller ... Himself
Barry Eisler ... Himself
Blaire Whitney ... High School Girl
Konishiki ... Himself

Dan Chen ... Bruce-Cubicle Worker
Kahiry Bess ... Deshawn

Mala Wright ... Courtroom Audience

Lian Toni Amado ... High School Girl
Hassan Brown ... Deshawn's Dad
Ngozi Jane Anyanwu ... Uneek
Kellie Gerardi ... Lexus
Veronica Heffron ... Courtroom Audience
Steven Levitt ... Himself - Author
Nicholas Tong ... Dwight-Cubicle Worker
Kelli Chaves ... High School Girl
Akebono ... Himself
Adesuwa Addy Iyare ... Temptress' Mom
Nicholas Bulba ... All American Son / Rufus
Emily Shaw ... Stripper
Stephen Dubner ... Himself - Co-Author

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

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
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
Joanna Chejade-Bloom .... co-segment producer
Jeremy Chilnick .... segment producer
Paul Fiore .... executive producer
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 
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 .... sound re-recording mixer
David Hocs .... sound recordist
Christopher Koch .... sound 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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Elmo Weber .... sound 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
J. Clay Tweel .... visual effects
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
J. Clay Tweel .... assistant editor
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
Philip Dann .... location manager
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... production counsel
Eline Gordts .... intern
Amna Hafiz .... intern
Emmy Suzuki Harris .... interpreter
Emmy Suzuki Harris .... production coordinator
Kordula Hildebrandt .... public relations
Rolando Hudson .... location manager
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)
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
93 min | USA:85 min
Sound Mix:
Germany:6 | Japan:G | Singapore:NC-16 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46215)

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25 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Poor Documentary, 21 January 2011
Author: angry127 from London, England

I never read the book, but know that it is very popular. The movie does a bad job at selling the book.

Though, I would still be up for reading the book after having watched the movie. This is because the fault of the movie was only partially due to the content of the book. The movie tries to move along at quick pace at the beginning. It has a very catchy poppy kind of theme to it and talks about a real practical use of the study of economics.

After those 5 minutes, things seem to go terribly south. We get this long and fact lacking piece about sumo wrestling. There is an interesting statistic at the beginning of the segment about how sumo wrestlers will lose matches when there is no real loss to them in order to get payback in the future. The rest of it is exposition about how all the super smart economists are using these fancy numbers and statistics to give very good proof that sumo wrestlers are cheating. I would have liked to hear more about these statistics and the reasoning behind why its very likely that we're cheating. This smug movie instead insults our intelligence and passes by this thinking that we would be too stupid to understand it. The narrator goes on about assassinations of whistle blowers... blala yada yada. I started to lose interest at this point.

There was a part that had an interesting look at why abortion may be one of the key reasons of the drop in crime in the 90's. This really peaked my interest and some convincing figures where given. I liked this segment and am eager to read more about this.

After that is a boring long Good Morning America-esque expose on paying kids to get better grades in school. The kids are annoying, the concept is annoying, the results are paltry, and it all seems pretty meaningless by the time you get to the end of it. This was the segment that really killed the movie. It felt like it went on for an hour, although I'm sure it didn't. This reality show garbage really shouldn't be in any kind of movie that calls itself a documentary.

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