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You've Been Trumped (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 6 July 2012 (UK)
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In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on celebrity tycoon Donald J. Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.


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Credited cast:
Anthony Baxter ...
Himself - Director & Interviewer
Kevin Brown ...
Paul Cheshire ...
Himself - Professor London School of Economics
Mickey Foote ...
Himself - local resident and former producer of The Clash
Michael Forbes ...
Molly Forbes ...
Sheila Forbes ...
Walter Forbes ...
Martin Ford ...
Himself - member of the Democratic Independent Group of Aberdeenshire Council
Ian Francis ...
Martin Glegg ...
Paul Holleran ...
Audrey Kennedy ...
David Kennedy ...
Himself - former Principal of Robert Gordon University
Himself (archive footage)


In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on celebrity tycoon Donald J. Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.

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6 July 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Mas ekanan trump-a  »

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$4,497 (USA) (3 August 2012)


$27,210 (USA) (9 November 2012)

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This documentary spawned a sequel, You've Been Trumped Too (2016), which was made and first released around five years later. See more »


Donald Trump: See, I happen to be a very truthful person. His property is terribly maintained. It's slum-like. It's disgusting. He's got stuff thrown all over the place. He lives like a pig. And I did say that. And I'm an honest guy. And I speak honestly. And I think that's why some people like me and some people probably don't like me. But I think he'd do himself a great service if he fixed up his property. And I'm not talking money. It's not a question of money. It's a question of a little manual labour.
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Inspired me!
17 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

What can I say, this film blew me away and inspired me to write to Trump's secretary the Chief Constable of Grampian Police force and my first review on IMDb.

From the title we know the story and the film is efficiently executed. Shot on hand-held and using residents footage with some clips of Local Hero. As a subject it is fairly easy to portray Trump as an evil man.

However the film excels at capturing how the system designed to protect places and people can be corrupted. It explores the cult of personality and the immense power of business. The blatant corruption of state government, the developers, lawyers, educational institutions, local politicians and ultimately, providing the centerpiece of the film, the police. Like Trump, none of the antagonists make any attempt to hide that they have been completely debased by celebrity, money and power.

The film contrasts this with the almost gentle stoicism of the residents in the face of what is in reality a helpless situation. Through their eyes we see the destruction, bullying and land grabs. They stand in contrast to the aberrant forces in front of them. For me what is most shocking is that this takes place in Scotland, not China.

I would like to have seen more counter argument, the upside of development and the jobs the completed golf course will provide. Ultimately though it is the local authorities that damn themselves, in their actions instead of their words.

A very powerful piece of film-making I hope it reaches a wide audience.

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