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The Corporation (2003)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 4 June 2004 (USA)
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Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors:

Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott (co-director)

Writers:

Joel Bakan, Joel Bakan (based on the book "The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power" by) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mikela Jay Mikela Jay ... Herself - Narrator (voice) (as Mikela J. Mikael)
Rob Beckwermert Rob Beckwermert ... Actor - Dramatizations
Christopher Gora Christopher Gora ... Actor - Dramatizations
Nina Jones Nina Jones ... Actor - Dramatizations
Richard Kopycinski Richard Kopycinski ... Actor - Dramatizations
Karen Lam ... Actor - Dramatizations
Sean Lang Sean Lang ... Actor - Dramatizations
Bert Phillips Bert Phillips ... Actor - Dramatizations
Diana Wilson Diana Wilson ... Actor - Dramatizations
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Akre Jane Akre ... Herself - Investigative Reporter
Ray Anderson Ray Anderson ... Himself - CEO, Interface
Joe Badaracco Joe Badaracco ... Himself - Professor of Business Ethics, Harvard Business School
Maude Barlow ... Herself - Chairperson, Council of Canadians
Chris Barrett ... Himself - Corporate Sponsored University Students
Marc Barry Marc Barry ... Himself - Competitive Intelligence Professional
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Storyline

Since the late 18th century American legal decision that the business corporation organizational model is legally a person, it has become a dominant economic, political and social force around the globe. This film takes an in-depth psychological examination of the organization model through various case studies. What the study illustrates is that in the its behaviour, this type of "person" typically acts like a dangerously destructive psychopath without conscience. Furthermore, we see the profound threat this psychopath has for our world and our future, but also how the people with courage, intelligence and determination can do to stop it. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Celebration, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,671, 6 June 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,879,301, 14 November 2004
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) |

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Canadian author Rebecca McNutt based her fictional novella Bittersweet Symphony on The Corporation, and also on her own views/experiences in regards to the September 11th Attacks and growing up between the 1990's "dot.com bubble" the 2008 Financial Crisis. See more »

Quotes

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Narrator: 150 years ago, the business corporation was a relatively insignificant institution. Today, it is all-pervasive. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, the corporation is today's dominant institution. This documentary examines the nature, evolution, impacts, and possible futures of the modern business corporation. Initially given a narrow legal mandate, what has allowed today's corporation to achieve such extraordinary power and influence ...
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie, after the directors name are listed - BART SIMPSON (no relation to Homer & Marge) has been credited as one of the writers of the documentary. See more »

Connections

Featured in Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Politics (2009) See more »

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Named After The Chorus
Written and Performed by Mitchell Akiyama
Courtesy Mitchell Akiyama
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powerful & compelling
25 January 2004 | by rciSee all my reviews

The first time in a long time that I've seen a movie audience launch into applause at the end -- and I was as enthusiastic as everyone else.

While quite long (2 hours, 45 minutes)this film piles detailed examples on top of interviews on top of documentary film clips. Liberally laced with interviews with folks like Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein and Michael Moore, it also includes insightful commentary from a (small) handful of liberated corporate executives.

The sum total is a compelling story of the evil that can be and is done by and in the name of corporations. I say this as one who has worked in a corporate environment my entire career, and who for a very long time has had difficulty getting past the 'but these are almost all nice people -- I don't know any ogres out to intentionally rape & pillage' perspective.

What I'm gradually wakening to is the realization that yes, the corporate structure is very efficient at doing what it's designed to do -- which unfortunately does not include taking social responsibility or the greater good into account. Instead it's ruthlessly focused on the bottom line, come hell (literally) or high water -- or polluted water.

I highly recommend this film. I know I'll be going back for a second viewing -- there's that much content, that I know I didn't absorb it all the first time around.


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