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Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie -- Long before Bill O'Reilly and Glenn 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.

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Writer:
Daniel A. Miller (written by)
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7 June 2013 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Amazing Subject, Beyond Annoying "Filmmaker" See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Morton Downey Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)
Glenn Beck ... Himself - TV Host
Victoria Jackson ... Herself - Comedian
Bob Pittman ... Himself - MTV Founder & Media Mogul
Joe Pyne ... Himself - TV Host (archive footage)
Josh Rothman ... Himself - History Professor & Fan
Michael Rosen ... Himself - Advertising Executive & Fan
Pat Buchanan ... Himself - Conservative Commentator
Ron Paul ... Himself (archive footage)
Joey Reynolds ... Himself - Radio Host & Friend
Peter Goldsmith ... Himself - Senior Producer
Thomas DiBenedetto ... Himself - Business Owner & Fan
Jim Langan ... Himself - Writer
Richard Bey ... Himself - TV Host

Sally Jessy Raphael ... Herself - TV Host
Lyndon Larouche ... Himself - Guest (archive footage)

Chris Elliott ... Himself - Comedian & Fan
Angi Metler ... Herself - Guest (archive footage)

Gloria Allred ... Herself - Feminist Lawyer
Alan M. Dershowitz ... Himself - Criminal Lawyer
Curtis Sliwa ... Himself - Radio Host
Lloyd Schoonmaker ... Himself - Mort's Friend
Barbara Bennett ... Herself - Mort's Mother (archive footage)
Kelli Downey Cornwell ... Herself - Mort's Daughter
Melinda Markey ... Herself - Mort's First Cousin (archive footage)

Joan Bennett ... Herself - Mort's Aunt (archive footage)

Dean Martin ... Himself - Singer (archive footage)

Ed Koch ... Himself - NYC Mayor (archive footage)
David Kagan ... Himself - HR Executive & Fan
Lenny Geller ... Himself - Social Studies Teacher

Bill Boggs ... Himself - Executive Producer
Rebecca Johnson ... Herself - Associate Producer
David Clarke ... Himself - Death Penalty Opponent (archive footage)

Jonathan Alter ... Himself - Newsweek (archive footage)
David Giegold ... Himself - Bodyguard

Lloyd Kaufman ... Himself - Film Director (archive footage)
Stu Stein ... Himself - Social Studies Teacher
Melody Miller ... Herself - Aide to Senator Ted Kennedy
Ted Kennedy ... Himself - Senator (archive footage)

Stanley Crouch ... Himself - Cultural Critic
Herman Cain ... Himself - Radio Host
Stephen Kruiser ... Himself - Conservative Comedian
John McJunkin ... Himself - Radio Producer

Michele Bachmann ... Herself (as Rep. Michele Bachmann)
Skip Murphy ... Himself - Radio Host
David Bianculli ... Himself - New York Post (archive footage)
Andrew Napolitano ... Himself - TV Host
George McDonald ... Himself - Homeless Advocate (archive footage)
Kim Downey ... Herself - Mort's Third Wife
Rasa von Werder ... Herself - Stripper (as Kellie Everts)

Al Sharpton ... Himself - Activist
Steven Pagones ... Himself - Accused of Rape
Roy Innis ... Himself - Civil Rights Activist (archive footage)

Lori Krebs ... Herself - Mort's Fourth Wife (archive footage)
Farrokhzad Khorsheed ... Himself - Guest (archive footage)

Larry King ... Himself - TV Host (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wally George ... Himself (archive footage)
Daniel A. Miller ... Lips
Jeremy Newberger ... Himself

Directed by
Seth Kramer 
Daniel A. Miller 
Jeremy Newberger 
 
Writing credits
Daniel A. Miller (written by)

Produced by
Seth Kramer .... producer
Daniel A. Miller .... producer
Jeremy Newberger .... producer
Graham Wright .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Peter Rundquist 
 
Cinematography by
Ken Fuhr 
Roger Grange  (as Roger T. Grange)
Seth Kramer 
Richard Patterson 
Rodney Patterson 
Chad Wilson 
Ben Wolf 
 
Film Editing by
Seth Kramer 
 
Art Direction by
Jeremy Newberger 
 
Sound Department
Ron Bochar .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Levin .... additional sound re-recording engineer
J.C. Schlageter .... sound recordist
Aaron D. Weisblatt .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Dodds .... gaffer
Ken Fuhr .... camera operator
Roger Grange .... camera operator
 
Animation Department
Murray John .... animation director
Stefan Nadelman .... animator
Amy Sutton .... assistant animator
 
Editorial Department
Eugene Lehnert .... on-line editor
Don Wyllie .... colorist
 
Music Department
Erik Friedlander .... musician: cello
Art Labriola .... musician: piano
Ben Neill .... musician: trumpet
Corey Rundquist .... musician: tenor saxophone
Peter Rundquist .... composer: additional music
Peter Rundquist .... musician: guitar
 
Other crew
David Magdael .... publicist
Sally Jessy Raphael .... archive footage
Karen Shatzkin .... legal services
Valerie Visconti .... researcher
 
Thanks
Pat Buchanan .... special thanks
Dar Williams .... special thanks
 

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Amazing Subject, Beyond Annoying "Filmmaker", 12 November 2013
Author: Neuenschwander9 from Leipzig

Whether realized or not, Morton Downey Jr. has had a tremendous impact on my generation. Easily the redeeming factor of this film are the juxtapositions of Morton Downey Jr. in his heyday and Morton Downey Jr. post mordum. The documentary is populated with gasp-inducing ("I remember that!" "I saw that when it aired!") moments, terrific vintage clips, and good interviews, especially with his long-time manager. Morton Downey Jr. comes off completely accessible and a very self-aware guy. The tragedy of this entire project is the fact that the person at the film's helm is Kramer, who is intrusive, obnoxious, paranoid, xenophobic, and, most of all, so self-absorbed that every action Morton Downey Jr. makes (a tour of Vegas, to the Philippines, etc.) is about him. Not 30 flippin' seconds go by in this documentary, where Kramer isn't self-referential. Morton Downey Jr. is shockingly gracious despite Kramer's repeated attempts at "gotcha" moments. Kramer is so arrogant that he actually interrupts a clip of Morton Downey Jr.' poignant childhood memory. He's the kind of "reporter" (term used very loosely) who isn't listening to his subject. Kramer has an agenda, and no matter how many times he refers to Morton Downey Jr. as his "idol," that agenda is a despicable one. Kramer's "fame" (Oscar for a short film) wasn't even a blip on the entertainment scene and he is determined to make this film about him. If only Kramer had used this amazing opportunity to showcase Morton Downey Jr. -- who is certainly as interesting and engaging as he'd been in life, at the height of his fame -- this could have been a very remarkable film portrait. It wouldn't even have had to be a tribute; Morton Downey Jr. shows moments of curmudgeonly behavior (and really, who wouldn't be, in a smoker's half-coma), but Morton Downey Jr.' humor and undeniable talent deserve a showcase. Kramer repeatedly (and cringing-ly) keeps asking questions that are the equivalent of "how does it feel to have been so famous and to become so irrelevant?" The truly horrible moment is when Kramer (who clearly has been chomping at the bit, stalking Morton Downey Jr. for years for this opportunity) makes those who remember Morton Downey Jr. awkwardly and uncomfortably sit through a late 70s-vintage television clip of a clearly high, Morton Downey Jr. hosting the "Mike Douglas Show." Kramer wants to make a film about himself, and frame it with a compelling subject like Morton Downey Jr.. For Morton Downey Jr. -- who being dead now, cannot generously consented to Kramer's cameras AND provided him with boxes of videos for the documentary (without these contributions there is absolutely no film) -- this film provides a reminder of Morton Downey Jr.. But he deserves so much better.

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