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A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | Video March 2006
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A theatrical documentary on the planet's dwindling oil resources.
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Credited cast:
Wade Adams Wade Adams ... Self - Researcher in Nanotechnology
Abdul Samad Al-Awadi Abdul Samad Al-Awadi ... Self - Oil Consultant (as Abdul Samad al-Awadi)
Fadhil J. Al-Chalabi Fadhil J. Al-Chalabi ... Self - Former OPEC Executive Secretary-General (as Fadhil al-Chalabi)
Roscoe Bartlett ... Self - US Congressman
Robert Bottome Robert Bottome ... Self - Economist, Caracas
Colin J. Campbell Colin J. Campbell ... Self - Oil Geologist
Marcello Colitti Marcello Colitti ... Self - Former Chief Executive of ENI S.p.A.
Alberto Quirós Corradi Alberto Quirós Corradi ... Self - President of Allied Consulting, Caracas
Mir-Babajev Mir-Jusiv Fazilogli Mir-Babajev Mir-Jusiv Fazilogli ... Self - Oil Historian
Daniele Ganser Daniele Ganser ... Self - Historian
David L. Goodstein ... Self - Professor of Physics and Applied Physics (as Dr. David L. Goodstein Ph.D.)
Richard Heinberg ... Self
Terry Lynn Karl Terry Lynn Karl ... Self - Professor of Political Science
Franklin M. Orr Jr. Franklin M. Orr Jr. ... Self - Professor
Sherry Phillips Sherry Phillips ... Self - Mayor of McCamey, Texas


Supported by a powerful mix of archival footage, NASA shots of burning oil fields, and, often unintentionally hilarious, historical film excerpts, OilCrash guides us on an exotic, visual journey from Houston to Caracas, the Lake of Maracaibo, the Orinoco delta, Central Asia's secretive republic of Azerbaijan with its ancient capital Baku and the Caspian Sea, via London & Zürich. OilCrash visits cities around the world to learn of our future from such leading authorities as oil investment banker Matthew Simmons, former OPEC chairman Fadhil Chalabhi, Caltech's head of physics, Professor David Goodstein, Stanford University political scientist, Terry Lynn Karl, peak oil expert, Matthew Savinar and many more. Written by Anonymous

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How our civilization's addiction to oil is putting it on a collision course with geology See more »


Documentary | War


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I would recommend this film to every man, woman and child on planet earth.
19 December 2006 | by cross-45See all my reviews

This is a stunning film that covers the oil question in a way never viewed before. What impressed me was the calm factual reasoning/questioning/answering/reviewing without the emotional drama normally associated with going to the cinema.

This film filled in many gaps, that really made sense to me of what was going on and has been going on for a very long time. It has impressed me so much that I have started going back to review history because of all the questions it has raised for me.

This film puts into perspective and also gives me many answers for the bloodshed carried out in many of the wars of the last century, and continuing into this century. When you have seen it there is a recognition, as when you get news/information/diagnosis that makes you go AH ! That explains it !

For me it was like getting an economic clinical diagnosis - of an economic terminal illness. And these are the reasons why.... And we've ignored all the symptoms...... And all the indicators...... And now with the best will in the world we will probably still have a huge decline, before things can get better, if they ever will......

But - by doing nothing we will have an economic meltdown.

By waking up and taking action - by making sure those in charge take action, we can slow the process and ensure that developing countries need to divert into renewable energy rather than old energy (oil) to achieve their aspirations.

There is a lot that can be done, starting with the reasons why that are portrayed in this film. It is absolutely amazing to see such a film on a big screen - but I must remember that this is real - this is our lives/lifestyles we are watching going up in smoke. While cinema is the vehicle, but this is not a film about make believe - in fact it is doing the opposite of what films are normally about and using itself as a means to get us to believe.

This is my honest reaction so far after having seen this film only once over a week ago. Initially I thought it a bit repetitive, but afterward I was glad as it has made it memorable, to the point that I can't let it drop. I look at everything differently and through a different value system. It really is like you hear of how people re-evaluate after getting a diagnosis of a terminal illness - that is what this film has done for me. I can't wait to get hold of a copy of the DVD.

It is the best film I have ever seen - and the title couldn't have been better !

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Release Date:

March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Crude Awakening See more »

Filming Locations:

Baku, Azerbaijan See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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