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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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Bizarre Animation Filled Documentary Tells Story of Bizarre Argument Filled Show 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 - Guest (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 - Represenative (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
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
Peter Rundquist .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
David Magdael .... publicist
Karen Shatzkin .... legal services
Valerie Visconti .... researcher
 

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Rated R for language and some nudity
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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Bizarre Animation Filled Documentary Tells Story of Bizarre Argument Filled Show, 17 July 2013
Author: taijiquan12 from United States

I had never heard of Morton Downey Jr. before this documentary, having been in diapers when it was on the air, and from the impression this documentary gave, I'm glad I was. Downey's show pre-dated the Jerry Springer madhouse-style talkshows that are fairly ubiquitous now and were absolutely huge in the mid-90's. Morton Downey's show only lasted a few years and was before the cusp of that type of T.V. becoming popular, it was well ahead of it's time.

One of the interviewees in the movie mentions, I think accurately, that it was America's first taste of the blatant rudeness and confrontation that reality TV shows like The Real Housewives of ( ) have on them.

The documentary itself has a bizarre, strange tone to it, critical of Downey, who was a polarizing figure, but not entirely hateful or against him. At points, it's view is like I mentioned, critical, but at others it's almost pitying, sympathetic, with interesting animated segments scattered throughout. I suppose the pity sensation was the one I felt the most after the piece ended, he was a man who struggled with many parts of himself but also did make something, whether that something was bad or good, of himself.

So if you can manage to be entertained by watching train/car wreck style stories (even though this is far from the worst of that type I've ever seen) and you're interested in the history and progenitors of a section of our current media culture, I would say that Evocateur is worth your time, but not quite a must see.

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