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Hot Coffee -- Filmmaker Susan Saladoff directs this documentary that examines the case of Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants, the so-called "hot coffee lawsuit" in which a woman sued the fast-food giant after she spilled her coffee and burned herself.
Hot Coffee -- Filmmaker Susan Saladoff directs this documentary that examines the case of Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants, the so-called "hot coffee lawsuit" in which a woman sued the fast-food giant after she spilled her coffee and burned herself.
Hot Coffee -- This powerful doc examines how the famous “hot coffee” lawsuit against McDonald’s harmed the rights of Americans to sue negligent corporations and doctors.


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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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55 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
A documentary aiming to bring awareness that succeeds, 27 June 2011
Author: Brad_with_a_Q from San Francisco

Yes this film covers one side of the tort reform and mandatory arbitration argument. Yes the cases presented have been chosen to ignite a certain emotional response. But is this a bad thing? In a nation where it seems that the people have grown jaded to government actions, it takes a certain amount of emotional stirring to get them off their seat. This film does just that.

Hot Coffee shows us what damage can be done when we listen to PR or shoddy journalism without investigating their claims further. Before watching this film if asked about the leading story, enter McDonald's infamous coffee spill, I would have been right in line with those ready to condemn the clumsy patron. But after being presented with more of the facts from the case I am now appalled at how quickly I jumped on a bandwagon led by ignorance and corporate damage control. Susan Saladoff succeeds in bringing these issues down to a level we can all understand. From what started the drive for tort reform and how it can hurt the victims of these cases, to what measures have been taken by big business to protect their interests, each story presented guides us through the evolution of this process with poignant relevance.

In reference to a previous review I also wanted to clear up that in no way does this film try to pass the buck. No one, including the victims, denies there were things they could have done differently to help prevent these accidents from occurring. What is being found in each of these cases is a consistent amount of gross negligence on the part of the companies involved. None of these examples were the first of their type submitted to the businesses. So how do you get these types of corporations to changed flawed policy? You hit them where it hurts. This is why the jury, not the victim (in this case), sought such high dollar damages, to prevent this sort of accident from occurring again. If you missed that the first time, you might wanna give this documentary another go.

With that said, Hot Coffee is an effective and engaging documentary with a clear message. This viewer came away feeling more empowered, and will think twice next time he signs the dotted line.

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