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Blue Vinyl (2002)

Not Rated | | Documentary | January 2002 (USA)
The hazards of bio-accumulation, pollution, and the makeup of what we commonly hope are benign plastics are tackled in this documentary.

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Credited cast:
William Baggett William Baggett ... Himself - Lawyer (as Billy Baggett)
Charlie Cray Charlie Cray ... Himself - Greenpeace
Daniel B. Gold Daniel B. Gold ... Himself
Patrick 'Paddy O'Furniture' Hayes Patrick 'Paddy O'Furniture' Hayes ... Himself - Carpenter
Florence Helfand Florence Helfand ... Herself
Judith Helfand Judith Helfand ... Herself
Ted Helfand Ted Helfand ... Himself
Rick Hind Rick Hind ... Himself - Greenpeace
George Lucier George Lucier ... Himself - Former Director of NIH
Ampelio Magro Ampelio Magro ... Himself
Cesare Maltoni Cesare Maltoni ... Himself (as Dr. Cesare Maltoni)
Gerry Markowitz Gerry Markowitz ... Himself
Jerry Mehan Jerry Mehan ... Himself - Carpenter
Ersillia Menadeo Ersillia Menadeo ... Herself
Diane Prince Diane Prince ... Herself - Cancer Victim


The hazards of bio-accumulation, pollution, and the makeup of what we commonly hope are benign plastics are tackled in this documentary.

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Himself - Biologist: You look at a house like this and the vinyl seems perfectly harmless. It's just sitting there in front of the house; nobody's falling down with any diseases. But that's if you are only looking at the product itself. If you look at its entire life cycle, from the moment it's produced, through its use, to the way it's disposed of, vinyl turns out to be the most environmentally hazardous consumer product on earth. Vinyl is the source of more persistent toxic pollutants, dioxin in particular, than ...
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Important, funny, beautifully shot...
21 January 2002 | by kbergSee all my reviews

Judith Helfand and Daniel Gold have created a wonderful documentary in Blue Vinyl. Judith's parents have put light blue vinyl siding on her house... but Judith suspects there are serious dangers from vinyl to humans... during its manufacture, if it burns, when its disposed of. Having lost her uterus from DES poisoning, she shares a bond with the cancer victims who work in and live in the shadow of the vinyl and PVC factories. Judith has this gravelly high voice, a quirky sense of humor, and a vulnerability in the face of corporate America that makes her irresistible. Blue Vinyl is also beautifully and imaginatively shot... I saw this at Sundance (2002) and Daniel Gold won the prize for documentary cinematography. There is also wonderful use of music and animation. Highly recommended.

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