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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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A Decent Doc about the Father of Shock-Talk See more (8 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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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A Decent Doc about the Father of Shock-Talk, 1 November 2013
Author: thomasjwilliams from Kansas City, MO, USA

Before reality television allowed just about anybody to say just about anything in front of just about any audience AND before polarizing radio/television personalities such as Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill Maher and Sean Hannity proved there is an audience that craves shock-talk when it involves putting-down and insulting others, the world had one person who did this on a regular basis and who was actually different than all who followed as he was an honest, equal-opportunity offender who spoke his mind and was not earning tens of millions of dollars from corporate sponsors by manipulating those dumber than himself to believe everything he said. Yes, sorry, but if the shoe fits one's left OR right foot ... wear it.

Morton Downey Jr. was a foul-mouthed, bug-eyed, chain-smoking hothead who had hoped to follow in his father's footsteps as a crooner; but as the intelligent man's talent wasn't in music he found a place for himself on television as a host of a short-lived yet notorious and controversial talk show that bore his name -- The Morton Downey, Jr. Show -- that aired in syndication from 1987 to 1989.

It was called "3-D television" by some because of the numerous quasi-violent outbursts -- flinging chairs! fistfights! shouting matches! -- that occurred on the show between the verbally volatile frequent and not-so-frequent guests such as Rev. Al Sharpton, Gloria Allred, Pat Buchanan, Ron Paul, Curtis Sliwa, Allen Dershowitz and some (ignorant) random klansmen. His show was also described as "rock and roll without the music" because of its attitude, pacing and aggressive format. Downey Jr. was "in your face" and rarely apologized and always had an opinion which turned off plenty of viewers although it revolutionized the television format/genre. It could be compared to Jerry Springer; but Downey Jr. emphasized politics and race and hot-button issues and did not openly embrace trashy topics like promiscuous married bed-hoppers or naughty male nurses or stripper mothers. He believed his show was important.

Downey Jr. had a very quick rise to his infamous fame but also had a very fast fall as a stunt of his backfired and he lost much support. Evocateur is at its best when it showcases the man's career rise and fall but also provides a bit of touching, human reality by including the man's late health scare and battle with lung cancer (he claimed to have smoked upwards of 3 packs a day at the height of his career and he openly chronicled much of his early cancer battle with various television audiences). The doc falters a bit when it mentions his late-life love story with his third wife that wasn't necessary for the film but perhaps the filmmakers wanted to show he had a heart and was capable of loving another.

His show aired in the late 80's and I remember it being on and hearing some of his more shocking claims ... that probably are not as shocking to an audience today as they once were. Evocatuer is an adequate tribute to a man who did revolutionize television even if the man never knew to what extent.

Without doubt, he did take things too far but he did speak his mind openly and honestly which is more than can be said about so many that have followed him and are doing so for larger paychecks (as it has become ALL about the $).

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