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An expose on the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, who helped finance the conservative political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Charles G. Koch ... Himself (archive footage)

David H. Koch ... Himself (archive footage)
Fred C. Koch ... Himself - Father (archive footage)
Bernie Sanders ... Himself - United States Senator for Vermont
Van Jones ... Himself - President & Co-Founder, Rebuild the Dream
Bill McKibben ... Himself - Environmentalist & Founder 350.org
Katrina vanden Heuvel ... Herself - Editor & Publisher, The Nation
Lawrence Lessig ... Himself - Professor, Harvard Law School
Ben Jealous ... Himself - President & CEO - NAACP (as Benjamin Todd Jealous)
Adele Stan ... Herself - AlterNet Washington Correspondent
Lee Fang ... Himself - Senior Investigator - United Republic
John Nichols ... Himself - Washington Correspondent, The Nation
Andrew Biggs ... Himself - Cato Institute (archive footage)
Veronique De Rugy ... Herself - Mercatus Center (archive footage)
José Piñera ... Himself - Cato Institute (archive footage)
David John ... Himself - Heritage Foundation (archive footage)
Paul Ryan ... Himself - Representative - Wisconsin (archive footage)
John Boehner ... Himself - Speaker of the House (archive footage)
Rand Paul ... Himself - Senator - Kentucky (archive footage)
Daniel J. Mitchell ... Himself - Cato Institute (archive footage) (as Dan Mitchell)
Alison Fraser ... Herself - Heritage Foundation (archive footage)
David Boaz ... Himself - Cato Institute (archive footage)
Michael Tanner ... Himself - Cato Institute (archive footage)
Rick Perry ... Himself - Governor - Texas (archive footage)
Chris Edwards ... Himself - Cato Institute (archive footage)
Susan Montalbano ... Herself - Food Stamp User
Wendy McDowell ... Herself - Unemployed
Jerry McDowell ... Himself - Unemployed
Tim Phillips ... Himself - President - Americans for Prosperity
Sue Sturgis ... Herself - Institute for Southern Studies
Bob Geary ... Himself - Journalist - Raleigh Independent Weekly
Steve Daniels ... Himself - Newscaster (archive footage)
Karen Simon ... Herself - School Board Candidate
Rita Rakestraw ... Herself - School Board Candidate
Deborah Prickett ... Herself - School Board Candidate
George Wallace ... Himself - Governor of Alabama (archive footage)
Dallas Woodhouse ... Himself - Americans For Prosperity (archive footage)
Chris Malone ... Himself - School Board Candidate (archive footage)
John Tedesco ... Himself - School Board Member (archive footage)
Angela Hampton ... Herself - Newscaster (archive footage)
Dhruv Jain ... Himself - Student
Gerold Wright ... Himself - Parent
Calla Wright ... Herself - Parent
Quinton White ... Himself - Student
Jennifer Washburn ... Herself - Author, University Inc.: The Corporate Corruption of Higher Education
Casey Delehanty ... Himself - Student - Florida State University
Cary Nelson ... Himself - President of the American Association of University Professors (as Professor Cary Nelson)
John C. Bednar ... Himself - Clemson University (as Professor John C. Bednar)
Jerry Moran ... Himself - Senator - Kansas (archive footage) (as Jerry Morgan)
Mike Enzi ... Himself - Senator - Wyoming (archive footage)
Joe Barton ... Himself - Representative - Texas (archive footage)
Gerald E. Connolly ... Himself - United States Representative for Virginia
Fred Upton ... Himself - Representative - Michigan (archive footage)
Scott Walker ... Himself - Governor - Wisconsin (archive footage) (as Gov. Scott Walker)
Ian Murphy ... Himself - David Koch Impersonator
Emanuel Aziz ... Himself - Missouri Voter
Joy Lieberman ... Herself - Missouri Voter
Austin Gilmore ... Himself - College Student
Demariano Hill ... Himself - College Student
Judith Browne Dianis ... Herself - Co-Director - Advancement Project
Lisa Graves ... Herself - Executive Director, Center for Media and Democracy
Sam Brownback ... Himself - Governor - Kansas (archive footage)
David Bouie ... Himself - Penn Road Resident and Pastor
Jeffery Woodberry ... Himself - Penn Road Resident
Norma Thompson ... Herself - Penn Road Resident
Dolores Wimberley ... Herself - Former Neighborhood Resident
Cheryl Slavant ... Herself - Ouachita Riverkeeper, Louisiana Environmental Action Network
William M. Auberele ... Himself - Air Pollution Control Engineering Expert

Michele Bachmann ... Herself - Representative - Minnesota (archive footage)
Melissa Jarrell ... Herself - Associate Professor of Criminal Justice - Texas A&M / Environmental Criminologist (as Dr. Melissa Jarrell)
Shelley Moore Capito ... Herself - Representative - West Virginia (archive footage) (as Shelley Moore)
Kit Bond ... Himself - Senator - Missouri (archive footage)
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Directed by
Robert Greenwald 
 
Produced by
Laila Ashaq .... associate producer
Jeff Cole .... executive producer
Robert Greenwald .... producer
Natalie Kottke .... co-producer
Crystal Page .... associate producer
 
Film Editing by
Joseph Suzuki 
 
Production Management
Jeff Yaroslow .... post production supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Catalina Ausin .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Andrew Rivard .... post production intern
 

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3 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Socialist lies, spin, hate, and incitement of violence, 2 May 2013
Author: Alex Libman (alex@libman.us) from Lakewood, NJ, USA

In the tradition of socialist propaganda like Der Ewige Jude, the film doesn't even try to make any rational arguments for why its targets are bad - it uses juxtaposition, emotional footage, blurbs taken completely out of context, and outright fabrications.

This hate-u-mentary does not "expose" anything that the Koch family itself doesn't make public, and has been making public for many decades. For example, David H Koch was the Libertarian Party's VP candidate in 1980, running on a platform, as summed by his Wikipedia entry, "to abolish Social Security, the Federal Reserve Board, welfare, minimum-wage laws, corporate taxes, all price supports and subsidies for agriculture and business, and U.S. Federal agencies including the SEC, EPA, ICC, FTC, OSHA, FBI, CIA, and DOE". Does anyone honestly believe any of this was a secret?!

The worst thing you could truthfully say about the Koch brothers is that "they gave money to anti-communist organizations, and some anticommunists also happened to be racists" - the latter is not something the Koch brothers had any power to change. This is guilt by (very distant) association! Like the game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon", a person who has many connections can be connected to pretty much anybody else.

The film talks about Koch Industries being a "major polluter", but it doesn't talk about what they produce, and it doesn't even try to put anything in context. This is like describing Shakespeare as a major waste of paper, or Mozart as a major polluter of silence! It completely glosses over the fact that Koch Industries produce products that are used by hundreds of millions of people, and that they donate billions of dollars to medical research, the arts, and other apolitical charities. It doesn't even try to analyze the policies proposed by free market environmental organizations like FREE (Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment), which the Koch brothers support - who needs science when you already have an angry mob?

This film should be classified as "hate porn" - it doesn't need to explain WHY its viewers should be aroused, because their reptilian brain already reacts to the subject a certain way. People who are not drunk on class-warfare prejudice and are capable of critical thinking will study the scientific and economic ideas that the Koch brothers promote and think for themselves.

Socialists are welcome to criticize those ideas constructively, but so far they've done nothing but lie, cheat, steal, and kill their opposition.

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