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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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Writers (WGA):
Peter Bull (written by) (segment) &
Alex Gibney (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:
The Wikisummaries of the book is much better See more (23 total) »

Cast

 

Tempestt Bledsoe ... Herself (archive footage)

James Ransone

Morgan Spurlock ... Himself - Narrator

Bill Gates ... Himself

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

Zoe Sloane ... Blake

Greg Crowe ... Johnny the Mechanic
Sarah Croce ... Yoga Instructor

Blaire Whitney ... High School Girl

Alisha Nagarsheth ... Student

Rahmel Long ... Courtroom Audience
Barry Eisler ... Himself

Mala Wright ... Courtroom Audience

Jade Viggiano ... High School Girl

Dan Chen ... Bruce-Cubicle Worker
John D. Rockefeller ... Himself
Kahiry Bess ... Deshawn

Kelli Chaves ... High School Girl
Konishiki ... Himself

Lian Toni Amado ... High School Girl

Kellie Gerardi ... Lexus
Akebono ... Himself
Jalani McNair ... Loser Lane
Ngozi Jane Anyanwu ... Uneek
Steven Levitt ... Himself - Author
Veronica Heffron ... Courtroom Audience
Hassan Brown ... Deshawn's Dad
Nicholas Tong ... Dwight-Cubicle Worker
Peter Zerneck ... All American Dad / Marmaduke
Lori Richardson ... Deshawn's Mom
Richard Kohn ... Judge Ignatius Lyons
Carl Alleyne ... Temptress' Mom's Boyfriend
J. Avery Shoates ... Young Temptress
Emily Shaw ... Stripper
Christina Duran ... All American Mom / Tallulah
Adesuwa Addy Iyare ... Temptress' Mom
Amancaya Aguilar ... Mercedes
Alyssa Wheeldon ... High School Girl
Sendhil Mullainathan ... Himself (as Dr. Sendhil Mullainathan)
Andrew Greiche ... Jake
Roland Fryer ... Himself
Nicholas Bulba ... All American Son / Rufus
Tyler J. Gilmore ... Kevin-Cubicle Worker
Stephen Dubner ... Himself - Co-Author
Tara Hall ... High School Girl
Mike MacAllister ... Himself
Laura Wattenberg ... Herself
James Leibow ... Himself
Loshona ... Uneqqee
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
Erin Renee Taylor ... High School Girl
Shae Weber ... All American Daughter / Alabama
Ashley Bryan ... Jake's Mom
Danielle Sabrina ... High School Girl
Ron Douglas ... Robert Lane
Richard Kohn ... Judge Ignatius Lyons
Jameesha Blackburn ... Uneque
Davida Kelly ... Bobbi
Almudin Ally ... Courtroom Audience
Mark Fernandes ... Courtroom Audience
Francie Scanlon ... Courtroom Audience
Keenan Pollack ... All American Infant / Gidget
Adam Kaufman ... Angry Deli Owner
Hector Palacios ... Courtroom Audience
Maya Cain ... Baby Temptress
Loren Cagno ... High School Girl
Michael Worthington ... Baliff
Nikoli ... Winner Lane
Emma Meyers ... Angela-Cubicle Worker
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
(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
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 
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 .... 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
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
Rolando Hudson .... location manager
Christopher St John .... researcher
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
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)

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Quotes:
Himself - 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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References The Seven Year Itch (1955)See more »
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This Too Shall PassSee more »

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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The Wikisummaries of the book is much better, 2 April 2011
Author: Dan Dascalescu from San Jose, CA

I read the book enough years ago to have forgotten a big part of it, yet I still saw that the movie omitted major topics, while dragging a lot on others (sumo and the experiment of bribing the 9th graders).

In general, the movie could have mentioned more convincing data and statistics, instead of dwelling on obscure bits. For example, the parenting chapter was massively abridged. The book talks about 10 factors that actually make a difference, like parents having lots of book in their home. The chapter on why drug dealers still live with their moms was omitted, and so was the chapter on Ku Klux Klan.

And here's an actually *useful* bit of information, as opposed to my opinions about this movie: You're much better off spending 5 minutes reading the summary of the book from Wikisummaries.org (short URL - http://bit.ly/haT4i2).

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