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How the infamous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit and similar cases were exploited as part of a right wing crusade to weaken civil justice. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Chuck Allen ... Himself
Judy Allen ... Herself
Jay Angoff ... Himself
David Arredondo ... Himself
Tom Baker ... Himself
Paul Bland ... Himself
Kenneth Canfield ... Himself
Joan Claybrook ... Herself
Ralph Cook ... Himself
Jennifer Diaz ... Herself
Oliver Diaz ... Himself
Joanne Doroshow ... Herself
Betty Farnham ... Herself

Al Franken ... Himself
Marjorie Getman ... Herself
Colin Gourley ... Himself
Connor Gourley ... Himself
Lisa Gourley ... Herself
Mike Gourley ... Himself

John Grisham ... Himself
Ernest 'Sonny' Hornsby ... Himself
Jamie Leigh Jones ... Herself
George Lakoff ... Himself
Barbara Liebeck ... Herself
Michael McCann ... Himself
Craig McDonald ... Himself
Robert McDuff ... Himself
Chuck McRae ... Himself
Stephanie Mencimer ... Herself
Ted Poe ... Himself
Victor Schwartz ... Himself
Wayne Slater ... Himself
Chris Tiano ... Himself
Nancy Tiano ... Herself
Ken Wagner ... Himself
Peter Whitted ... Himself
Alex Winslow ... Himself
Ken Zeese ... Himself

Directed by
Susan Saladoff 
Produced by
Reniqua Allen .... archival producer
Prudence Arndt .... archival producer
Sara Bernstein .... supervising producer
Erin Crumpacker .... associate producer
Carly Hugo .... producer
Sheila Nevins .... executive producer
Alan Oxman .... producer
Betsy Rate .... associate producer
Rebecca Saladoff .... co-producer
Susan Saladoff .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Mollura 
Cinematography by
Martina Radwan 
Film Editing by
Cindy Lee 
Sound Department
William Britt .... sound mixer
Tyler Cartner .... sound mixer
Eric Gitelson .... sound re-recording mixer
Johnpaul Golaski .... sound mixer
Wil Masisak .... sound mixer
Lorenzo Millan .... sound mixer
John Moros .... sound editor
Jeff Seelye .... sound editor
Matt Sheldon .... sound mixer
Michael J. Walls .... sound mixer
Winter .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Brian Oakes .... director of graphic design
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven Capitano Calitri .... vfx director of photography (as Steve Calitri)
Jesse Dana .... additional cinematographer
Jesse Durell .... assistant camera: New York Unit
Laela Kilbourn .... additional cinematography
Mark McKnight .... additional cinematography
Ben Watts .... assistant camera
Animation Department
Louis Fox .... animation director
Editorial Department
Geof Bartz .... consulting editor
Christopher Branca .... additional editor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Jamie Meyer .... additional editor
Lukas Persson .... additional editor
Raphael Rice .... additional editor
Owen Rucker .... on-line editor
Rebecca Saladoff .... assistant editor
Caitlin Tartaro .... digital intermediate producer
Justin B. Tolley .... associate editor
Isaac Urwin .... assistant editor
Svetlana Zill .... additional editor
Music Department
Kevin Bluhm .... music editor
Joel Goodman .... composer: additional music
Tara Hunnewell .... playback singer
Keith Kohn .... music producer
Alec Puro .... music supervisor
Other crew
Stacie Jones .... production staff: D.C. Unit
Adam J. Segal .... publicist
Karen Shatzkin .... legal services
Rebecca Atwood .... special thanks
Kyle Luker .... special thanks

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48 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
This film made me angry!, 20 June 2011
Author: Wayne Malin ( from United States

An HBO documentary that I had the pleasure of seeing at the Provincetown film festival. It covers the infamous case of the elderly woman who spilled McDonald's coffee on her lap--and sued and won a large amount of money. Everybody thought that was ridiculous--but this doc shows horrific pictures of how badly she was burnt. The poor woman needed skin grafts! McDonalds tried to cover it up though. Then it goes on to show other cases where corporations made critical mistakes and refused to take responsibility for them. There is the woman who was carrying twin babies and was falsely told that each was fine--when it was clear through ultrasound that only one baby was OK--the other was born with severe mental problems. There's the lawyer who looses his seat in a state supreme court because he refuses to side with big business. Then there's the woman who was brutally gang-raped due to the company lying to her and blaming HER for the crime! This documentary had me livid at the end. Some people have said not all the information in this was not true...but there's more than enough in there that IS true to horrify anyone. Maddening but important. I give it a 10.

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