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Taking Liberties (2007)

An examination of the erosion of civil liberties that has gradually taken place in recent years.

Director:

Chris Atkins

Writer:

Chris Atkins
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Complete credited cast:
David Morrissey ... Narrator (voice)
Ashley Jensen ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Riz Ahmed ... Himself
Kate Allen Kate Allen ... Herself - Director, Amnesty International
Ross Anderson Ross Anderson ... Himself - Cambridge University
Chris Atkins Chris Atkins ... Himself
Moazzam Begg Moazzam Begg ... Himself - Former Guantanmo Detainee
Tony Benn Tony Benn ... Himself
David Bermingham David Bermingham ... Himself - Natwest 3
Emma Bermingham Emma Bermingham ... Herself - Wife of David
Ian Blair Ian Blair ... Himself (archive footage) (as Sir Ian Blair - Metropolitan Police Commissioner)
Tony Blair ... Himself (archive footage)
David Blunkett David Blunkett ... Himself
Phil Booth Phil Booth ... Himself - NO2ID Coordinator
Brendan Brendan ... Himself - Father of Ellen & Rose
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An examination of the erosion of civil liberties that has gradually taken place in recent years.

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Documentary

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 2007 (UK) See more »

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Opening Weekend:

£21,350 (United Kingdom), 10 June 2007, Limited Release
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Connections

Features The Road to Guantanamo (2006) See more »

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The Post 9/11 Blues
Written by Riz Ahmed/ Morris
Performed by Riz Ahmed
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Sharp, cutting documentary about the damage to UK civil liberties under Tony Blair
23 June 2011 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

A sort of 'Michael Moore goes to England' documentary about the gradual leaching away of civil rights under Tony Blair.

Always interesting and entertaining, and occasionally deeply disturbing.

Yet for me it just misses greatness through it's one-sided arguments that sometimes feel a bit forced, without the human voice that Moore puts on his films.

The difference between someone blatantly, admitting 'this is my perspective', as a film- maker like Moore does, and this film's pretense at 'objectivity' makes it a bit harder to take, and somehow less affecting than films that are more honest that they are stating (in this case quite effectively) a specific point-of-view.

None-the-less, I'd re-watch this, and I'm sure enjoy it again. But here in the States, the 'Daily Show' does it better, and a lot more succinctly.


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