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McLibel (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 20 May 2005 (USA)
McLibel is the story of two ordinary people who humiliated McDonald's in the biggest corporate PR disaster in history.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Helen Steel Helen Steel ... Herself
Dave Morris Dave Morris ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Alexander ... Richard Rampton QC
Anita Anand Anita Anand ... Voiceover (voice)
Peter Armstrong Peter Armstrong ... Voiceover (voice)
Chris Brierley Chris Brierley ... Voiceover (voice)
Rhona Cameron ... Voiceover (voice)
T. Colin Campbell T. Colin Campbell ... Himself (as Professor Campbell)
Sue Dibb Sue Dibb ... Herself - The Food Commission
Pip Donaghy Pip Donaghy ... David Walker
Ian Flintoff Ian Flintoff ... David Green
Oliver Ford Davies ... Dr. Arnott
Dan Gallin Dan Gallin ... Himself - Intl Union of Food Workers
Stephen Gardner Stephen Gardner ... Himself - Assistant Attorney General (as Stephen Gardener)
Geoffrey Giuliano ... Himself (as Geoff Guiliano)
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Storyline

McDonald's loved using the UK libel laws to suppress criticism. Major media organisations like the BBC and The Guardian crumbled and apologised. But then they sued gardener Helen Steel and postman Dave Morris. In the longest trial in English legal history, the "McLibel Two" represented themselves against McDonald's £10 million legal team. Every aspect of the corporation's business was cross-examined: from junk food and McJobs, to animal cruelty, environmental damage and advertising to children. Outside the courtroom, Dave brought up his young son alone and Helen supported herself working nights in a bar. McDonald's tried every trick in the book against them. Legal manoeuvres. A visit from Ronald McDonald. Top executives flying to London for secret settlement negotiations. Even spies. Seven years later, in February 2005, the marathon legal battle finally concluded at the European Court of Human Rights. And the result took everyone by surprise - especially the British Government. ... Written by Lizzie Gillet

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Taglines:

The postman and the gardener who took on McDonald's

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Spanner Films

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Клевета МакДональдс See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,821, 12 June 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,337, 26 June 2005
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Company Credits

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Spanner Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally released as a 52 minute film on TV and video in 1997; this extended 85 minute version came out in theaters in 2005 after the case had gone to the European Courts. See more »

Quotes

Journalist: What about the finding that McDonalds targets children?
Lawyer: I don't recall that.
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Connections

Edited from McLibel: Two Worlds Collide (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Microsoft, The Opera
Written, performed & produced by Alfie Thomas (as Alf Thomas)
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Enjoyable compared to other documentaries
10 January 2009 | by JoeB131See all my reviews

This movie was fun compared to other documentaries. I think it did a very good job of humanizing its protagonists, who were a couple of grassroots organizers who took on a huge corporation, and won.

British Libel law is used by big corporations and individuals to do things they would never be allowed to get away with anywhere else - actually sue people for stating their opinions. The plaintiffs actually had to prove that fast food is bad for us, which is kind of like having to prove the sky is blue...

McDonald's is like a drug pusher, and we the public are like junkies. Let's be honest, we'd all be better off if we lived a vegan lifestyle, and would have less impact on the planet, but where would the fun in that be? Like Mephistopheles, McDonald's and their ilk give us what we want, and we hate them for it. But let's point out the devil is still a devil, even if we give in to his temptations.


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