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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
 
Cinematography by
Catalina Ausin 
 
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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13 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Less a Documentary Than Character Assassination, 17 February 2013
Author: Saturday8pm from CT USA

I'm familiar with Greenwald's work and this is the second "documentary" of his I've seen. While it's been some time since I viewed, "Wal-Mart, The High Cost of Low Prices", this investigation of the elusive Koch brothers has little balance in presentation. Regardless of whatever the Kochs are accused of, there is no side of their argument presented whatsoever. Barring this, there is little historical evidence to base the Koch's alleged political motivations. What is presented, and clearly there's evidence there, is done so snarky that it is embarrassing. Hiring a voice actor to portray a Koch gives the film its sole comedic moment, but this hardly serves us and puts pressure on Scott Walker, not the Kochs. All we have to go on is the motivations of father Fred Koch, who in turn informs the brothers' industrial / political adventures, and even this evidence has an air of hearsay. Little is said of and by lesser-known and assumed estranged brother William, who could have shed much more light on his brothers' activities. Despite the obvious rift between the brothers as documented in the film, this Koch brother seems to have aspirations not far removed from his more noteworthy siblings. Attempts to get the Kochs themselves to defend themselves before the camera comes off as a dumb stunt relegated to the end credits.

Therefore, if you prefer one-sided character assassinations, go for this one. Me, I prefer a balanced approach that rewards the viewer with a richer understanding of whatever the subject is and how it seems to influence our lives. With much of the content existing in "... Exposed" intact and more of the Koch's side of the equation delved into we'd get a far more satisfying, true documentary. This video screams "shockumentary" that poisons the art and form of documentary filmmaking.

Pros: Short'n'Sweet; preaches to the choir, if you like this sort of thing; an investigation into the Kochs is warranted, but;

Cons: this ain't it. One-sided echo chamber it accuses the Koch machine of; asks us to follow the money - examples? Not enough historical reference or insiders to give us a fuller understanding of Koch motivations; too short and far incomplete

Net: Unconvincing argument to accuse the Kochs of being active democratic subversives

Disclaimer: Not a Koch follower or supporter, I simply wished to know about these guys, wanted a documentary and got a butter sandwich instead. There's plenty of Koch-type characters to go around today, who are they, what makes them tick?

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