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Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and... See more »


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Lee Fulkerson ...
Himself - Narrator
Matthew Lederman ...
Himself - Doctor (as Matthew Ledderman M.D.)
Alona Pulde ...
Herself - Doctor (as Alona Pulde M.D.)
T. Colin Campbell ...
Himself - Doctor (as T. Colin Campbell Ph.D.)
Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. ...
Himself - Doctor (as Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. M.D.)
Joey Aucoin ...
Himself - Landscape Developer
John McDougall ...
Himself - Doctor (as John McDougall M.D.)
Connie Diekman ...
Herself - Director of University Nutrition, Washington University (as Connie Diekman MEd RD FADA)
Pam Popper ...
Herself - Executive Director, The Wellness Forum (as Pam Popper N.D.)
Doug Lisle ...
Himself - Doctor (as Doug Lisle Ph.D.)
Terry Mason ...
Himself - Chicago Commissioner of Health (as Terry Mason M.D.)
San'Dera Brantley-Nation ...
Herself - Diabetes Sufferer
Junshi Chen ...
Himself - Doctor & Scientist (as Junshi Chen Ph.D.)
Cammie Aucoin ...
Herself - Joey's Relative
Jason Aucoin ...
Himself - Joey's Relative
Evelyn Oswick ...
Herself - Patient
Anthony Yen ...
Himself - Patient
Deborah Lowe ...
Herself - Lee's Partner
Joseph Crowe ...
Himself - Doctor
Mac Danzig ...
Himself - Ultimate Fighting Champion
David Klurfeld ...
Himself - USDA (as David Klurfeld Ph.D.)
Himself - Doctor (as Neal Barnard M.D.)
Ruth Heidrich ...
Herself - Runner & Cancer Survivor
Gene Baur ...
Himself - Farm Owner
Rip Esselstyn ...
Himself - Firefighter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Sardi ...

Directed by

Lee Fulkerson

Written by

Lee Fulkerson ... (written by)

Produced by

Allison Boon ... co-producer
John Corry ... producer
Brian Wendel ... executive producer

Music by

Ramón Balcázar

Cinematography by

John Orfanopoulos

Film Editing by

Brian Crance
Michael Fahey
John Orfanopoulos

Editorial Department

Bryan Algeo ... post-production assistant
Bari Goodis ... on-line editor
Matt Lear ... colorist
Ryan Nuber ... additional editing
Mathieu Reid ... color timer

Sound Department

Demetri Evdoxiadis ... re-recording mixer / sound editor
Danny Heaton ... sound recordist
Jim Rebraca ... sound recordist
Jeremy Sohl ... re-recording mixer / sound effects editor

Visual Effects by

Ron Boscacci ... animator

Camera and Electrical Department

Ian Corry ... camera operator
Brian Crance ... additional cinematographer
Michael Fahey ... additional camera
Peter Krajewski ... additional cinematography
Peter Mozingo ... additional cinematographer

Music Department

Ramón Balcázar ... conductor

Other crew

Sapna Chhabra ... researcher
Mark Litwak ... legal services / producer rep


Susan Andrella ... special thanks
Josefine Araya ... special thanks
Cammie Aucoin ... special thanks
Robby Barbaro ... very special thanks
Kim Barnouin ... special thanks
Tom Bergman ... special thanks
Natalie Bowman ... special thanks
Kevin Boylan ... special thanks
Brendan Brazier ... special thanks
Eric Brent ... special thanks
Peter Broderick ... special thanks
Avi Brown ... special thanks
Holly Brown ... special thanks
Grant Campbell ... special thanks
Karen Campbell ... very special thanks
Nelson Campbell ... very special thanks
Robert Castorina ... special thanks
Robert Cheeke ... special thanks
Kappel LeRoy Clark ... special thanks
Joseph Connelly ... special thanks
Micaela Cook ... very special thanks
Lauren Corry ... special thanks
Leah Corry ... special thanks
Patty Corry ... special thanks
Susan Cotty ... special thanks
Karen Dawn ... special thanks
Hans Diehl ... special thanks
David Dorfman ... special thanks
Scott Duennes ... special thanks
Rob Duprey ... special thanks
Ann Esselstyn ... very special thanks
Lori Fahey ... special thanks
Eve Feng ... special thanks
Rory Freedman ... special thanks
Kathy Freston ... special thanks
Adam Gallagher ... special thanks
Jorge Gallegos ... special thanks
Prabhat Gautam ... special thanks
Alan Goldhamer ... special thanks (as Alan Goldhammer)
Doug Graham ... special thanks
John Herzog ... special thanks
Julieanna Hever ... special thanks
Colleen Holland ... special thanks
Erin Howard ... special thanks
Kezia Jauron ... very special thanks
Ryan Kelly ... special thanks
Matt Klekotka ... special thanks
Long Kuan ... special thanks
Whitney Lauritsen ... special thanks
Fred Lautzenheiser ... special thanks
Jeff Loerch ... special thanks
Debbie Lowe ... special thanks
Daniel Manahan ... special thanks
Jennifer Marano ... special thanks
Diane Mason-Wendel ... very special thanks
Armaiti May ... very special thanks
Jill McGrail ... special thanks
Leslie McKenna ... special thanks
Jeanne Stuart McVey ... special thanks
Yan Miao ... special thanks
Steve Mittleman ... very special thanks
Shaun Monson ... special thanks
Meghan Murphy ... very special thanks
Margaret Murray ... special thanks
Char Nolan ... special thanks
Moira Nordholt ... special thanks
Marcel Pariseau ... very special thanks
Michelle Poe ... special thanks
Robert Rohrbaugh ... special thanks
David Rubin ... special thanks
Henry Shaw ... special thanks
Ken Sheer ... very special thanks
Mark Sonnenberg ... special thanks
Del Sroufe ... special thanks
Sunny Subramanian ... special thanks
Will Tuttle ... special thanks
Nik Tyler ... special thanks
Chad Ward ... special thanks
Sanford Warren ... special thanks
Gerald Wendel ... very special thanks
Joshua Wendel ... very special thanks
Michael Wendel ... very special thanks
Myrna Wendel ... very special thanks
Ryan Wolfington ... special thanks
Clark Woods ... very special thanks
Susan Wrenn ... very special thanks
Mengliu Zheng ... special thanks
Jing Zhou ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug and major medical operations have become routine. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country's three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to "battle" these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases. Could it be there's a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive, but so utterly straightforward, that it's mind-boggling that more of us haven't taken it seriously? FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called "diseases of affluence" that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional scientist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic. Inspired by remarkable discoveries in their young careers, these men conducted several groundbreaking studies, one of which is considered among the most comprehensive health-related investigations ever undertaken. Their research separately and independently led them to the same startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented-and in many cases reversed-by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public. In addition, cameras follow "reality patients" who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments-while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed. Written by Brian L. Wendel

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Also Known As
  • La santé dans l'assiette (France)
  • Gabel statt Skalpell - Gesünder leben ohne Fleisch (Germany)
  • Musketari ishrane (Serbia)
  • Radeji vidlicky nez noze (Czech Republic)
  • Villák a kések felett (Hungary)
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  • 96 min
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Movie Connections Featured in Episode #1.19 (2011). See more »
Soundtracks Welcome Home See more »
Quotes Terry Mason: If it walked, hopped, swam, crawled, slithered, had eyes, a mama and a dad - don't eat it.
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