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The 11th Hour (2007)

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A look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems.

Directors:

Leila Conners (as Leila Conners Petersen), Nadia Conners

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Leila Conners (as Leila Conners Petersen), Nadia Conners | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Himself - Narrator
Kenny Ausubel Kenny Ausubel ... Himself - Founder, Bioneers
Thom Hartmann Thom Hartmann ... Himself - Author, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight
Wangari Maathai ... Herself - Founder, Greenbelt Movement, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Sandra Postel Sandra Postel ... Herself - Director, Global Water Policy Project
Paul Stamets Paul Stamets ... Himself - Mycologist, Author, Mycelium Running
David Orr David Orr ... Himself - Chair, Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College
Stephen Hawking ... Himself - Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge University
Oren Lyons Oren Lyons ... Himself - Faithkeeper, Turtle Clan, Onondaga Nation, Haudenosaunee, Six Nations, Iroquois Confederacy
Andrew Revkin Andrew Revkin ... Himself - Author & Science Reporter, New York Times (as Andy Revkin)
Sylvia Earle Sylvia Earle ... Herself - Oceanographer, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society
Paul Hawken Paul Hawken ... Himself - Author, Environmentalist, Entrepreneur
Janine Benyus Janine Benyus ... Herself - Author, Biomimicry
Stuart Pimm ... Himself - Professor of Conservation Ecology, Duke University
Paolo Soleri Paolo Soleri ... Himself - Architect, Founder of Arcosanti
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A look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems.

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Taglines:

It's our generation that gets to change the world... forever. See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2007 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

La última hora See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,853, 19 August 2007

Gross USA:

$707,343

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$985,207
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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

In the subtitles of an interview with Mikhail Gorbachev, the former USSR premier is translated as saying that because we have strained nature to the breaking point, "we must, the generations living now, must take a principal decision that we will act differently because the ecological crisis is global." Taking "a principal decision" is an odd turn of phrase, at best, in this context. Almost certainly, Gorbachev said "we must take a principled decision." See more »

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David Orr: This is "all hands on deck" time.
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Inevitable comparisons will be made...
4 October 2007 | by jemps918See all my reviews

Inevitable comparisons will be made with Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, and so we might as well go ahead with it.

The 11th Hour starts off with terrifying the audience, in contrast to Gore's more introspective calm before the storm. Gore also interjects humor and his own personality into a documentary about his own crusade, while DiCaprio's is more straightforward, inundating the audience with mind-numbing facts and portents of doom. He also doesn't focus attention to his own personality but stays merely a narrator.

The 11th Hour is more comprehensive, drawing from various sources, but lacks breathing room to digest each infoload periodically dumped on screen. It decides to interject these pockets of space for reflection far too late, already in the middle of the reel.

DiCaprio's narration is also a disappointment. He is great eye candy that serves to pull the crowd to the theater, a terrific actor and is capable of memorizing tomes of text in his movies, but in his own documentary, his eyes too obviously dart left to right at a teleprompter, which loses the impact and earnestness he needs to communicate and connect to the audience. Meanwhile, the less-physically appealing Gore successfully portrays himself in Rocky-like fashion, valiantly trudging on in his uphill battle, which makes the audience identify with and root for him.

To The 11th Hour's credit, it offers more solutions on an individual level than Gore's. Despite the fragmented expositions of its well-meaning interview subjects, it offers hope and a heroic sense of optimism that we can still do something about the issue.


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