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The Panama Deception (1992)

A film about the true reasons for the 1989 US invasion of Panama and big media complicity in these activities.

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Barbara Trent

Writer:

David Kasper
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Cast

Credited cast:
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Narrator (English version) (voice)
Carlos Cantú Carlos Cantú ... English Voice-over (voice) (as Carlos Cantu)
Diviana Ingravallo Diviana Ingravallo ... English Voice-over (voice)
Abraham Alvarez Abraham Alvarez ... English Voice-over (voice)
Alma Martinez ... English Voice-over (voice)
Lou Diamond Phillips ... English Voice-over (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ashton Bancroft Ashton Bancroft ... Himself - President: Refugee Committee
Manuel Becker Manuel Becker ... Himself - Panamanian Cameraman
Larry Birns Larry Birns ... Himself - Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Esmeralda Brown Esmeralda Brown ... Herself - UN Methodist Office
Humberto Brown Humberto Brown ... Himself - Former Panamanian Diplomat
Eugene Carroll Eugene Carroll ... Himself - Center for Defense Information (as Rear Admiral Eugene Carroll)
Julio Cesar Guerra Julio Cesar Guerra ... Himself - Panamanian Photojournalist
Ramsey Clark Ramsey Clark ... Himself
Jeff Cohen Jeff Cohen ... Himself - Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
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Storyline

This documentary details the case that the 1989 invasion of Panama by the US was motivated not by the need to protect American soldiers, restore democracy or even capture Noriega. It was to force Panama to submit the will of the United States after Noriega had exhausted his usefulness. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Exposing The Cover Up!


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Panama Deception: Exposing the Cover Up! See more »

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Gross USA:

$309,596
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Mono

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Color
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Quotes

Charles Rangel: You would think from the video clips that we have seen, that this whole thing was just a Mardi Gras, that the people in Panama were just jumping up and down with glee.
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Features ABC News Nightline (1980) See more »

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Bomba de Navidad
Written by Louie Ramirez
Performed by Ismael Rivera
Courtesy of VEV Publishing-Sonido, Inc.
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Shocking, depressing, and chillingly accurate.
16 June 2003 | by chthon2See all my reviews

Although the film maker's bias tends to show through, this is probably the most thourough (I bet I spelled that wrong) account of the US invasion of Panama I have ever seen. I have already read volumes of books, all of which agree with what was expressed in this documentary (and the funny thing was, I wasn't specifically looking for that, either. I couldn't find any first-hand accounts that towed the US-government line).

I have two friends who served in Panama, and became very disillusioned after the things they were ordered to do. Although most people will never hear of this, much of what is discussed in this documentary is actually standard military practice all over the world. I'm not defending it, i'm not attacking it. I'm just stating it; shelling of civilians is somewhat of a game to many military men. Most of my male family members in the States are military guys, and there was a massive change in them after their tour of duty.

The funny thing is, I think this is a great documentary, and i'm further from the left than Reagan. But, you can't argue with the truth. A splendid look at how the truth gets shut out sometimes.


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