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Battle in Seattle (2007)

R | | Action, Drama | 7 May 2008 (France)
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Activists arrive in Seattle, Washington en masse to protest a meeting of the World Trade Organization. Riots and chaos ensue as demonstrators successfully stop the WTO meetings.

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Stuart Townsend

Writer:

Stuart Townsend
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
André Benjamin ... Django (as Andre Benjamin)
Jennifer Carpenter ... Sam
Isaach De Bankolé ... Abasi (as Isaach De Bankole)
Woody Harrelson ... Dale
Martin Henderson ... Jay
Joshua Jackson ... Randall
Ray Liotta ... Mayor Jim Tobin
Tzi Ma ... Governor
Ivana Milicevic ... Carla
Connie Nielsen ... Jean
Michelle Rodriguez ... Lou
Rade Serbedzija ... Dr. Maric (as Rade Sherbedzija)
Channing Tatum ... Johnson
Charlize Theron ... Ella
Christopher Jacot ... Michael
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Storyline

In late November 1999, masses are descending upon Seattle for the World Trade Organization (WTO) Conference, the first ever held on American soil. Beyond the several delegates, career protesters are also coming to Seattle, they who believe the non-elected organization only exists to support corporate interests at the expense of the poor, working class and the environment among other things. Before the conference, the lead known protesters vow that their demonstrations will be peaceful, while Seattle Mayor Jim Tobin promises that if that be the case that no arrests will be made and no aggressive action, such as the use of tear gas, will be issued. On day one of the conference, tensions on both sides escalate the confrontation between police and protesters, with many innocent people caught in the crossfire. As such, what was promised ends up not happening during the remainder of the conference, where many on both sides work not for the greater good of their side, but rather for their ... Written by Huggo

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Every generation need a revolution. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Canada | USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Batalla en Seattle See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,903, 21 September 2008

Gross USA:

$224,169

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$908,847
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writing and Directing debut of actor Stuart Townsend. See more »

Goofs

During the movie opening fly-through, Qwest Field appears in the background. Qwest Field wasn't built until a couple of years after the WTO riots. It was built on the grounds of the Kingdome which was there in 1999. See more »

Quotes

Mayor Jim Tobin: Be tough on your issues but be gentle on my town.
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Crazy Credits

A Special Thanks to AWI and Ben White (who passed away in July of 2005) for the creation of the sea turtle costumes and the coordination of their use in protests against the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Seattle, Washington in 1999. We are indebted to various non-profit organizations and individuals who aided with manufacturing the costumes, and to the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Ben White for creating the idea for the sea turtle costumes. It was AWI's international coordinator, Ben White, who created those costumes and came up with the idea to put hundreds of people in sea turtle costumes on the streets of Seattle. We will miss Ben and his dedication to make the world a better place. See more »

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Referenced in Cell 211 (2009) See more »

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I recognize myself and others
30 September 2008 | by GethinVanHSee all my reviews

This is the 1999 WTO conference in a fictionalized format. It's not totally necessary, there are a half-dozen documentaries about the protests in Seattle in 1999. It seems a lot of the content from this movie was directly lifted from the documentary "This is What Democracy Looks Like". There are shots which have been recreated and even quotations by some of the protesters. One for instance is when one of the pro-environment protesters compares the crowds to people coming out of nowhere "like in the Michael Jackson 'Thriller' video" Yet this is a good movie with some wonderful acting. Harrelson and Liota stand out in their roles as a riot cop and the mayor of Seattle. Although I was most struck by Martin Henderson as Jay, a protest organizer whose brother was killed in a forestry protest and has two strikes against him and could spend a long time in jail if he gets arrested again. Having been to protests in Seattle and in Ottawa against globalization I recognized his character as a common person we see in this movement. The romantic plot line with another protester did almost feel forced at times. It wasn't necessary but for the most part this movie wasn't necessary.

If the movie accomplishes anything I hope it will bring younger people who were too young to be politically aware at that time into the fold and fight against corporate and state tyranny.

The movie definitely captured the feeling of these anti-globalization protests and how they represented a multitude of voices from environmentalism to labour leaders. I just wish they had focused more on the anarchists who seemed to be the only ones to get the short end of the stick in this movie. Why not show their story and who they are? Are hippie leftist protesters more interesting. Perhaps next time when someone makes a movie out of the 2001 protests against the FTAA in Quebec City. Battaille en Québec.


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