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Before entire networks were built on populist personalities; before reality morphed into a TV genre; the masses fixated on a single, sociopathic star: controversial talk-show host Morton Downey, Jr.

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Long before O'Reilly and Beck, Morton Downey, Jr., was tearing up the talk-show format with his divisive populism. Between the fistfights, rabid audience, and Mort's cigarette smoke always "in your face," The Morton Downey Jr. Show was billed as "3-D television," "rock and roll without the music." Évocateur meditates on the hysteria that ended the '80s and ultimately its most notorious agitator. Written by Ironbound Films

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$3,936 (USA) (7 June 2013)

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$21,476 (USA) (20 September 2013)
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I am down with this one! So should you!
20 January 2014 | by (Miami, Fl) – See all my reviews

Some people have accused me of being a loud punmouth, and I let it just be; I guess. Speaking of loudmouths, in the late 80's there was a loudmouth that came to instant fame in the form of Morton Downey Jr.; whose talk show was not really much a talk show but more of a forum to defend Americans' injustices in front of a national audience. Downey Jr.'s bullyish "in your face" style was resoundly controversial but it got in the ratings. However, this Downey Jr. did not eventually show that he was the "iron man" of talk television as his show was cancelled in just two years mostly due to his unconventional actions. Nevertheless, Downey Jr's thunderous style did pave the way to what we call today "reality show" programming; and that is for real. Downey Jr's rise and fall is captured effectively in the documentary "Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie". It depicted Morton's madness, fervor, and resiliency in numerous arenas of his life with the primary emphasis being on his infamous show. So shut your mouth if you don't like this documentary, because I did!! Kidding! Just wanted to include some Mortonism in my review. So get your Morton motor running, and give this cool doc a try. **** Good


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