7.6/10
765
8 user 45 critic

Crude (2009)

Unrated | | Documentary | 15 January 2010 (UK)
Trailer
2:34 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

The story of lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon.

Director:

14 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert's of a family of 4 brothers (the other 3 being Roscoe, Lyman and William - Bill, for ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Stars: Delbert Ward, Roscoe Ward, Lyman Ward
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Filmmaker Joe Berlinger meets with historians and scholars to discuss the Armenian Genocide and the continuing denial by the Turkish government of it ever happening.

Director: Joe Berlinger
Stars: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Taner Akçam, Hagop Asadourian
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the journey of his Graceland album, including the political backlash he received for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the Apartheid regime.

Director: Joe Berlinger
Stars: Paul Simon, Maya Angelou, Okeyerama Asante
Documentary | Biography | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

For three weeks in September 2008, one person was charged with preventing the collapse of the global economy. No one understood the financial markets better than Hank Paulson, the former ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Berlinger
Stars: Henry Paulson, Wendy Paulson
Documentary | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A look at James 'Whitey' Bulger, one of the most infamous criminals in American history.

Director: Joe Berlinger
Stars: Stephen Rakes, James 'Whitey' Bulger, Tommy Donahue
Killing Richard Glossip (TV Series 2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An Oklahoma man convicted of Murder for Hire, sits on death row. Already granted a stay of execution THREE times, Glossip continues to proclaim innocence. This documentary follows Glossip's... See full summary »

Stars: Christian Troy, Paul Grace, Joseph le Compte
Adventure | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A group of tourists arrive in Burkittsville, Maryland after seeing The Blair Witch Project (1999) to explore the mythology and phenomenon, only to come face to face with their own neuroses and possibly the witch herself.

Director: Joe Berlinger
Stars: Jeffrey Donovan, Stephen Barker Turner, Erica Leerhsen
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Stars: James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich
Gray Matter (TV Movie 2004)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the spring of 2002, filmmaker Joe Berlinger traveled to Vienna to witness the burial of the preserved brains of over 700 children killed at a Nazi "euthanasia" clinic. GRAY MATTER ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Berlinger
Addiction (TV Movie 2007)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A documentary made up of nine separate segments on the topic of drug addiction. Segments include: "Saturday Night in a Dallas ER," by Jon Alpert; "A Mother's Desperation," by Susan Froemke ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Alpert, Joe Berlinger, and 9 more credits »
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Stars: Gary Gitchell, Todd Moore, Dana Moore
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Each year in America, 85% of inmates seeking early release will be denied, but 15% will be released from prison before serving their full sentences. Two thirds of these parolees will commit... See full summary »

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Ashley ...
Himself - ABC 7 News (archive footage)
Pablo Fajardo ...
Himself
Kent Robertson ...
Himself - Chevron
German Yanez ...
Himself (as Judge German Yanez)
Adolfo Callejas ...
Himself (as Dr. Adolfo Callejas)
Ebergeldo Criollo ...
Himself
Steve Donziger ...
Himself - Attorney
Atossa Soltani ...
Herself
Joseph Kohn ...
Himself - Attorney
Maria Garafalo ...
Herself - San Carlos Resident
Sara McMillen ...
Herself - Chevron
Ricardo Reis Veiga ...
Himself - Chevron
Diego Larrea ...
Himself - Attorney
Alejandro Ponce ...
Himself - Attorney
Rosa Moreno ...
Herself - San Carlos Resident
Edit

Storyline

One of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. An inside look at the infamous $27 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" case, CRUDE is a real-life high stakes legal drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film examines a complicated situation from several angles while bringing a story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus. Written by Crude Production

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Unrated
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

15 January 2010 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Argo petrelaio  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,595, 13 September 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$170,295, 29 August 2010
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The outtake footage used by Chevron was found to have been manipulated as part of its retaliatory case against the lawyers for the Ecuadorians. The judge who ordered the footage to be turned over to Chevron was opposed by many journalists and documentary filmmakers including Bill Moyers and Michael Moore. The mis-use of this footage helped to secure a verdict against the legal team for the Ecuadorians which was later called into serious question when Chevron's key witness admitted to lying on the stand and to receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars for his testimony. See more »

Quotes

Protester at 2008 Chevron Shareholders meeting: [Protester at 2008 Chevron Shareholders meeting] In Ecuador as in Nigeria, as in Richmond, as in Iraq, as in Burma, this company chose profit over people. It's clear that this company has no moral responsibility, no ethics. And that's why we're all here.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.96 (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Berlinger was simply used -- and financed - by the trial lawyers
25 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

From the March 4 ruling against Stephen Donziger and others by U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan. (LAP means Lago Agrio plaintiffs):

The documentary film called Crude was made because Donziger in 2005 recruited film maker Joe Berlinger to portray the LAPs' case against Chevron. The film featured Donziger quite prominently. Donziger provided Berlinger, cameraman Mike Bonfiglio, and other crew members expansive access to himself, his team and some of its activities for nearly the next three years. The ultimate product, Crude, first was released in January 2009.

The Crude team's independence from Donziger and the LAPs' lawyers – to the extent there was any at all – was limited. For one thing, Donziger recruited the film's main source of funding: his former classmate Russell DeLeon. As Donziger wrote: "Russ is funding the case. Russ is funding the movie. And Russ wants to fund more cases and more movies." Through his creation and sole ownership of a production company called Crude Investment, Inc., Deleon contributed approximately 60 percent of the film's total funding.

Nonetheless, just as they had done with Cabrera, Donziger and his team attempted to create the appearance that the film was independent, while they controlled or influenced its content from behind the scenes.


1 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page