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You've Been Trumped (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 6 July 2012 (UK)
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In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.

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Anthony Baxter
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anthony Baxter Anthony Baxter ... Himself - Director & Interviewer
Kevin Brown Kevin Brown ... Himself
Paul Cheshire Paul Cheshire ... Himself - Professor London School of Economics
Mickey Foote Mickey Foote ... Himself - local resident and former producer of The Clash
Michael Forbes Michael Forbes ... Himself
Molly Forbes Molly Forbes ... Herself
Sheila Forbes Sheila Forbes ... Herself
Walter Forbes Walter Forbes ... Himself
Martin Ford Martin Ford ... Himself - member of the Democratic Independent Group of Aberdeenshire Council
Ian Francis Ian Francis ... Himself
Martin Glegg Martin Glegg ... Himself
Paul Holleran Paul Holleran ... Himself
Audrey Kennedy Audrey Kennedy ... Herself
David Kennedy David Kennedy ... Himself - former Principal of Robert Gordon University
David Letterman ... Himself (archive footage)
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In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.

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Because Money and Power Should Not Cost the Earth See more »

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Documentary

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mas ekanan trump-a See more »

Filming Locations:

Aberdeen, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,497, 5 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,210, 11 November 2012
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Montrose Pictures See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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16:9 HD
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In 2012, Bill Forsyth wrote in The Guardian of the similarities between the real-life events captured in this film and the plot of his classic film Local Hero (1983), admitting that Baxter's work had left him "dazed and shocked, with a numb feeling of individual impotence". See more »

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Donald Trump: See, I happen to be a very truthful person. His property is terribly maintained. It's slum-like. It's disgusting. He's got stuff thrown all over the place. He lives like a pig. And I did say that. And I'm an honest guy. And I speak honestly. And I think that's why some people like me and some people probably don't like me. But I think he'd do himself a great service if he fixed up his property. And I'm not talking money. It's not a question of money. It's a question of a little manual labour.
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Features Local Hero (1983) See more »

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Gliding Time
Written and performed by Dominic Glynn
Published by Chappell Recorded Music Library
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A Brilliantly Made, Emotionally Potent Documentary
3 August 2011 | by Al_Scarface_CaponeSee all my reviews

You've Been Trumped is a movie that, hopefully will go down in history as one of the great environmental documentaries, alongside Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. manages to not only be an upsetting, interesting, and engaging documentary, made by a first time film maker, but a brilliantly made film as well. Not to mention the fact that it is often laugh out loud funny and features a sound track to rival many Tarantino films.

The greatest accomplishment of You've Been Trumped, however, is that it is pretty much guaranteed to make you hate Donald Trump even more than you already do. It paints him as more than just a profiteering industrialist looking to make a quick buck at the expense of the environment. It also manages to include moments of his blatantly lying to reporters, as well as a subtle moment of him totally objectifying women for the sake of money. It should say something that this little documentary that has only been to a couple film festivals so far has provoked a huge reaction from Trump himself. He has made statements calling the film makers frauds and refusing to see the film because its "boring".

The basic story of You've Been Trumped is that Donald Trump set out to build "The World's Greatest Golf Course" and picked out as the location a Scottish beach. The thing is that this particular beach has sand dunes that are essentially the British equivalent of a National Monument. Despite this, he was given government approval to destroy the dunes. At this point, he thought he had won. The British and Scottish governments had given him carte blanche. The one thing he hadn't counted on was the resistance of a few local farmers, who's families had owned their land for generations, against the development. The film charts their fight to protect their land from essentially being bulldozed by Trump.

The film is brilliant not just for the way it charts the destruction that Trump does, both against the environment, and against the people, but because it is so well made. For one thing it looks gorgeous. Of course part of that comes naturally when you are shooting in some of the most gorgeous country on earth, but considering the budget and experience of those involved, its amazing how good You've Been Trumped looks. Even other than in the cinematography, the film is very well made. Even during the slower moments in terms of the plot, the film always feels interesting thanks to the great direction and editing.

You've Been Trumped is one of the best documentaries in years, and hopefully it will go on to win further recognition. It has only been to a few film festivals so far, but it has already won a few awards. It is emotionally potent, as well as being politically strong enough to inspire people to action. It is put together better than documentaries with twice the budget. Hopefully it will go on to have a great run and make enough of a splash to do some serious damage to Trump's Monopoly.


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