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Scrappers (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 2010 (USA)
Set within Chicago's labyrinth of alleyways, Scrappers is a cinema verite portrait of Otis and Oscar, two scrap metal scavengers searching for a living with brains, brawn and battered ... See full summary »

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Brian Ashby, Ben Kolak | 1 more credit »
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Set within Chicago's labyrinth of alleyways, Scrappers is a cinema verite portrait of Otis and Oscar, two scrap metal scavengers searching for a living with brains, brawn and battered pickup trucks. The film shows how globalization, the 2008 financial crisis, crackdowns on undocumented immigrants and widespread scrap metal theft effect these men and their families. Written by Ben Kolak

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English | Spanish

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2010 (USA) See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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A lovely and loving portrait of an under-known piece of a great city.
1 November 2016 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Simple, nicely made, micro-budget documentary about the men who made a living selling abandoned scrap metal found on the streets and alleys of Chicago, performing a valuable public service helping keep the city clean. They are seen less as raiders than as helpful neighbors by the locals.

It covers the hardships theses 'scrappers' faced with the 2008 financial collapse, when the value of scrap metal fell quickly from $200-$300 a ton to only $20.

These are likable, quirky, humanly flawed working men, doing arduous physical labor over longs days, and mostly doing it with pride and even a sense of quiet joy. If he film doesn't go very deep, it s always interesting and compassionate without feeling condescending.

A lovely and loving portrait of an under-known piece of a great city. It also captures the truly devastating effects of the 2008 financial collapse on working people an intimate way we rarely see. I wish it didn't tonally go just a little soft in the end.


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