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Revenge of the Electric Car -- Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars.

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Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Tim Robbins ... Himself - Narrator
Dan Neil ... Himself - Columnist, Wall Street Journal

Danny DeVito ... Himself - EV1 Driver
Ray Wert ... Himself - Editor, Jalopnik

Stephen Colbert ... Himself
Gavin Newsom ... Himself - Lieutenant Governor, California
Thomas Friedman ... Himself - Columnist, New York Times
Bob Lutz ... Himself - Vice Chairman, GM
Evelyn Chiang ... Herself - VP, Tesla Motors
Elon Musk ... Himself - CEO, Tesla Motors
Troy Nergaard ... Himself - Tesla Engineer
J.B. Straubel ... Himself - Chief Technical Engineer
Owen Thomas ... Himself - Editor, Valleywag

Anthony Kiedis ... Himself - Musician

Jon Favreau ... Himself - Director, Iron Man
Michelle Krebs ... Herself - Auto Analyst, Edmunds.com
Bob Boniface ... Himself - Design Director, GM Volt
Rick Wagoner ... Himself - CEO, General Motors
Reverend Gadget ... Himself - Electric Car Converter (as Greg 'Gadget' Abbott)
Charlotte Jackson ... Herself - Designer
Dave Barthmuss ... Himself - Western Region Manager, GM
Jeremy Snyder ... Himself - Tesla Motors, LA
Shad Balch ... Himself - GM Volt Team
David Cole ... Himself - Industry Analyst
Alex Cattelan ... Herself - Volt Engineer

Carlos Ghosn ... Himself - CEO, Nissan Renault
Michael E. Capuano ... Himself - Representative, Massachusetts (archive footage)
Preston Tucker ... Himself - Car Designer (archive footage)
Colette Niazmand ... Herself - Tesla Marketing

Talulah Riley ... Herself - Actress
Frank Weber ... Himself - Chief Engineer, Chevy Volt

Chris Paine ... Himself - Filmmaker
Alex Taylor ... Himself - Fortune Magazine
Martin Eberhard ... Himself - Co-Founder, Tesla Motors
Ian Taras ... Himself - Tesla Pre-Order Customer (as Dr. Ian Taras)
Charles H. Ellis III ... Himself - Greater Grace Temple (as Bishop Charles H. Ellis III)

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Himself - Governor, California
Jason Calacanis ... Himself - Tesla Customer
Phil Bredesen ... Himself - Governor, Tennessee
Jim Cramer ... Himself - Mad Money, CNBC (archive footage) (voice)
Adrian Finighan ... Himself - Quest Means Business, CNN (archive footage) (voice)
Erin Burnett ... Herself - Street Signs, CNBC (archive footage) (voice)
Christie Duffy ... Herself - Trade the Trend, SmarTrend (archive footage) (voice)
Brian Cooley ... Himself - Car Tech Live, CNET (archive footage) (voice)
Jereme Stafford ... Himself - Production Supervisor, Nissan
Shai Agassi ... Himself - CEO, Better Place

Adrian Grenier ... Himself - Actor & Activist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Ohnsman ... Himself

Directed by
Chris Paine 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
P.G. Morgan 
Chris Paine 

Produced by
Jessie Deeter .... producer
Stefano Durdic .... executive producer
Roger G. Gilbertson .... associate producer
Sara Hutchison .... associate producer
Michelle Kaffko .... producer: marketing and distribution
Michael Mihaly .... assistant producer
Dana Moreau .... co-producer
P.G. Morgan .... producer
Chelsea Sexton .... consulting producer
 
Original Music by
David Robbins 
 
Cinematography by
Thaddeus Wadleigh (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Chris A. Peterson 
 
Sound Department
Alan Barker .... additional sound
Michael Bellacicco .... additional sound
Tyler Bender .... sound
Jim Blackstock .... additional sound
Ed Chick .... additional sound
Susan Dawes .... dialogue editor
Doug Dunderdale .... additional sound
Evan Goldman .... additional sound editor: main title sequence
Bob Kellough .... sound effects editor
Skip Lievsay .... sound editor
Curtis Mansfield .... additional sound
Ronald Morgan .... dialogue editor
Jayme Roy .... additional sound
Dennis Towns .... additional sound
Derek Vanderhorst .... sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
Dan Wilken .... main title design
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Behrens .... additional camera
Richard Burton .... additional camera
Arin Crumley .... additional camera
Craig Delval .... camera operator
Alon Farago .... additional camera
Tom Kaufman .... additional camera
Adam Keker .... additional camera
Alexandra Liss .... camera operator
Cari Lutz .... additional camera
Gary Mercer .... additional camera
Michael Mihaly .... additional camera
Michael Negrin .... additional camera
Chris Paine .... additional camera
Steve Payne .... additional camera operator
Steve Payne .... camera operator
Robin Probyn .... camera operator
Haskell Wexler .... Danny DeVito shot by
 
Editorial Department
Mark Cope .... assistant editor
Merritt Lear .... additional editorial
Hannah Long .... assistant editor
Kevin Thangchaipinyokul .... transcriber
 
Music Department
Raul Campos .... music supervisor
Nate Finan .... orchestrator
Alexina Matisse .... music consultant
Amine Ramer .... music consultant
Ted Caplan .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carsten Becker .... creative director: Animated Biographical Segments
Kiran Goldman .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Lawrence Blume .... special thanks
Peter D. Coogan .... thanks
Stephen Nemeth .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
Runtime:
90 min
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Singapore:PG | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46779)

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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Revenge of the Electric Car, 17 September 2011
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

I've only managed to watch Who Killed The Electric Car? on DVD since it didn't manage to get a theatrical release here, and I was intrigued at how director Chris Paine managed to weave his documentary into a sort of murder-mystery that exposes how the environmentally friendly car EV1 got systematically canned despite it being a relatively superior product with advantageous to be reaped against the more conventional motor vehicle, even though it showed so much potential in being environmentally friendly. But profits and strange bedfellows meant an early death for the electric car, until now.

It's a known fact that fossil fuels are finite, and the day will come when we no longer have them in abundance to supply our energy needs. Alternative fuels are slowly becoming a necessity, and with the shifts in mindsets come the shift in business propositions, forcing a relook into the viability of the electric vehicle, which Paine now revisits through a number of years spanning 2007 until today, where once opponents to the electric car such as GM's Bob Lutz have now become proponents as they realize the competitiveness, or the lack thereof, of the automobile industry in the USA will severely lack behind rivals from overseas as they look to the creation of electric vehicles.

Paine's documentary narrated by Tim Robbins takes on a distinct and different look and feel from its predecessor, opting to go with personalities to fuel the film forward, and to be honest it's a real treat to be going behind the scenes to the boardrooms where decisions get made and the factory design and assembly areas to see first hand how prototypes get made, tested, approved or rejected. From big players like General Motors to Nissan in Japan, to smaller upstarts such as Tesla Motors in Palo Alto, we get to listen in to the various woes faced by players in the industry as they struggle through diminishing cash flows no thanks to the financial institutions meltdown in recent years, and how that impacted their staying afloat, what more trying to come out with a vehicle that has to boast respectable outputs compared to conventional vehicles, and the challenges faced with battery life.

It also had star power, albeit used ever so briefly from Danny DeVito to Jon Favreau as talking heads, although Bob Lutz and even Carlos Ghosn of Nissan became unlikely engrossing personalities where we get a peek into their work ethics. Elon Musk of Tesla was particularly engaging, of someone who had earned his fortune being the founder of Paypal, entering cutting edge companies such as SpaceX and Tesla to try and make the world a better and more interesting place, but being cut down to size for what would be entrepreneurs not being second time lucky with their ventures. In fact, Musk got made to look somewhat vulnerable for a CEO, as well as dodgy at times due to failure to deliver as promised, and shockingly admitting to baiting and switching. Captured on video.

Making its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year on April 22 to coincide with Earth Day to lend it some street cred gravitas, Revenge of the Electric Car doesn't really explore the comeback of the vehicle much less than it being a film about the possible powerhouses and decision makers in a position to bring about major changes to the industry. It isn't easy, and if I take a look at our own backyard the infrastructure isn't there yet to make it easy nor mass market, but I suppose that day will come one day, and hopefully within my lifetime where I can get to own something affordable that takes me from Point A to B with zero pollution.

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