Activists arrive in Seattle, Washington en masse to protest a meeting of the World Trade Organization. Riots and chaos ensue as demonstrators successfully stop the WTO meetings.

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Stuart Townsend

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Stuart Townsend
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Cast overview, first billed only:
André 3000 ... Django (as Andre Benjamin)
Jennifer Carpenter ... Sam
Isaach De Bankolé ... Abasi (as Isaach De Bankole)
Woody Harrelson ... Dale
Martin Henderson ... Jay
Joshua Jackson ... Randall
Ray Liotta ... Mayor Jim Tobin
Tzi Ma ... Governor
Ivana Milicevic ... Carla
Connie Nielsen ... Jean
Michelle Rodriguez ... Lou
Rade Serbedzija ... Dr. Maric (as Rade Sherbedzija)
Channing Tatum ... Johnson
Charlize Theron ... Ella
Christopher Jacot ... Michael
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Storyline

In late November 1999, masses are descending upon Seattle for the World Trade Organization (WTO) Conference, the first ever held on American soil. Beyond the several delegates, career protesters are also coming to Seattle, they who believe the non-elected organization only exists to support corporate interests at the expense of the poor, working class and the environment among other things. Before the conference, the lead known protesters vow that their demonstrations will be peaceful, while Seattle Mayor Jim Tobin promises that if that be the case that no arrests will be made and no aggressive action, such as the use of tear gas, will be issued. On day one of the conference, tensions on both sides escalate the confrontation between police and protesters, with many innocent people caught in the crossfire. As such, what was promised ends up not happening during the remainder of the conference, where many on both sides work not for the greater good of their side, but rather for their ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Writing and directing debut of actor Stuart Townsend. See more »

Goofs

During the first phone conversation with Governor Gary Locke, Mayor Jim Tobin ends the conversation with, "Thank you John." not "Thank you Gary." See more »

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Django: Teamsters and turtles together! Come on, Teamsters and turtles together!
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Crazy Credits

A Special Thanks to AWI and Ben White (who passed away in July of 2005) for the creation of the sea turtle costumes and the coordination of their use in protests against the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Seattle, Washington in 1999. We are indebted to various non-profit organizations and individuals who aided with manufacturing the costumes, and to the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Ben White for creating the idea for the sea turtle costumes. It was AWI's international coordinator, Ben White, who created those costumes and came up with the idea to put hundreds of people in sea turtle costumes on the streets of Seattle. We will miss Ben and his dedication to make the world a better place. See more »

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References Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) See more »

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Fake Empire
(Matt Berninger (as Matthew Donald Berninger), Bryce Dessner (as Bryce David Dessner))
Bug House o/b/o/ Val Jester Music
Performed by The National
Courtesy of Beggars Group
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a half right look at the WTO riots
1 October 2009 | by Spiral_Architect_420See all my reviews

I was at the battle in seattle...all 4 days of it....they cant get the days or times right....the gassing didn't start till after 5 pm in the afternoon on N30 not during lunchtime, we didn't march on the jail till December 3rd not December 2nd, and the Broadway and Pine Riots or as we locals call it the city sanctioned gay bashing wasn't started because of a cop flipping out but rather when a few people started shaking the police car with a cop in it...they don't bring up the fact that in the mornings people came downtown with coffee for police and brooms to clean up the mess...they don't talk about the peaceful protest that stayed on the sidewalk in response to said Broadway riots...and they didn't talk about how people were boxed in at 2 am when bars close infront of 3 packed bars. for a movie yeah its a good watch but for a look at the Battle In Seattle they could have done better in getting their facts right


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Language:

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Release Date:

7 May 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle in Seattle See more »

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Seattle, Washington, USA See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,903, 21 September 2008

Gross USA:

$224,169

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$908,847
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1.85 : 1
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