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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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20 July 2012 (Ireland) See more »
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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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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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(17 articles)
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Outstanding comparative business survey of automotive business See more (11 total) »

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
Aminé Ramer .... music consultant (as Amine Ramer)
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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Certification:
Singapore:PG | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46779)

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Outstanding comparative business survey of automotive business, 14 February 2012
Author: gvseostud from United States

Many reviewers seem to miss the point of this documentary, which is to document the varied approach businesses are taking to react to the new technology of the electric car. The comparisons captured between the Nissan approach versus the GM approach versus the Tesla approach are very revealing of the strengths and shortcomings of these different companies. Even Netflix gets it wrong when they categorize this movie as a Political documentary, when it is actually a Business documentary.

This movie is an instant classic for business school audiences in particular, and yet is still entertaining and engaging enough for very general audiences. Without spoiling, one scene that is particularly revealing is when two competitor's see a third's production product at an auto show, and seem unable or unwilling to understand the threat to their respective businesses.

Stunning access to a thrilling competition for a new technology in which the stakes could not be higher. Every MBA class in the world should see this movie as a precondition to graduate. 9 stars plus.

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