An in-depth look at how the United States government handled the response to the COVID-19 outbreak during the early months of the pandemic.


Alex Gibney
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Credited cast:
Alex Azar ... Self - U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (archive footage) (as Sec. Alex Azar)
Charlie Baker ... Self - Governor of Massachusetts (archive footage)
Scott Becker ... Self - Chief Executive Officer, Association of Public Health Laboratories
Taison Bell ... Self - Medical ICU Director, UVA Medical Center (as Dr. Taison Bell)
Deborah Birx ... Self - White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator (archive footage)
John Bolton ... Self - White House National Security Advisor (archive footage)
Michael Bowen ... Self - Executive Vice President, Prestige Ameritech
Rick Bright ... Self - BARDA Director 2016 - 2020 (as Dr. Rick Bright)
Sylvia Burwell ... Self - HHS Secretary 2014 - 2017 (archive footage)
Beth Cameron ... Self - National Security Council Senior Director 2013 - 2017
Caroline Chen ... Self - Healthcare Reporter, ProPublica
Andrew Cuomo ... Self - Governor of New York (archive footage)
Debbie Dingell ... Self - Congresswoman, Michigan (archive footage) (as Rep. Debbie Dingell)
Anthony Fauci ... Self (archive footage)
Thomas Frieden ... Self - CDC Director 2009 - 2017 (as Dr. Tom Frieden)


An in-depth look at how the United States government handled the response to the COVID-19 outbreak during the early months of the pandemic.

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Normally a solo director, Alex Gibney recruited producers Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger as fellow directors to finish the film before the United States' 2020 general elections. See more »


Self - Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response: The whole philosophy of the task force was that the government can't get things done and they thought the private market could largely settle this issue, but it was only once they had tried and failed that they started to blame other people and say, 'Actually this was your job the whole time.'
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Time Is On My Side
Written by Jerry Ragovoy (as Norman Meade)
Performed by Irma Thomas
Published by TRO Essex Music Led.
Licensed courtesy of Capitol Redords
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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An open and honest Un-biased review
21 October 2020 | by natcalgarySee all my reviews

I am in no way biased or care about American politics as I am not American,

I do think this movie does nothing more than show how a government cares more about money and re-election than the health and safety of its citizens. It also appears the majority of those who support Trump tend to follow his every word like sheep. So when you get a president who states that he does not believe in science and medicine... well you are going to get a lot of his followers that blindly follow his words and in turn creating a more "un-educated country"

In the end this seems like a propaganda film strategically placed mere weeks before an election, but at the same time the film is based on facts.


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13 October 2020 (USA) See more »

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Totally Under Control See more »


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