From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

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Eugene Jarecki

Writers:

Eugene Jarecki, Christopher St. John (additional writing)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eugene Jarecki ... Self - Narrator / Interviewer
David Simon ... Self - Creator, The Wire
Shanequa Benitez Shanequa Benitez ... Self
William Julius Wilson William Julius Wilson ... Self - Harvard University (as Prof. William Julius Wilson)
Glendon Goldsboro Glendon Goldsboro ... Self - Providence Police (as Lt. Glendon Goldsboro)
Fabio Zuena Fabio Zuena ... Self - Providence Narcotics
David Kennedy David Kennedy ... Self - John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Michael Correia Michael Correia ... Self - Commanding Officer, Narcotics (as Lt. Michael Correia)
Charles Bowden Charles Bowden ... Self - Investigative Reporter
Gabor Maté Gabor Maté ... Self - Physician, Addiction Expert (as Dr. Gabor Maté)
Mark W. Bennett Mark W. Bennett ... Self - U.S. Federal Judge (as Hon. Mark Bennett)
Maurice Haltiwanger Maurice Haltiwanger ... Self - ID# 03678-029
Jim K. McGough Jim K. McGough ... Self - Maurice's Lawyer (as Jim McGough)
Eric Franklin Eric Franklin ... Self - Lexington Corrections Center (as Warden Eric Franklin)
Mike Carpenter Mike Carpenter ... Self - Chief of Security, Lexington Corrections
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From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

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An inside look at America's longest war. See more »

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Documentary

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Himself - Physician, Addiction Expert: America's drug problem - a result of hundreds of years of history, economic policy, social policy, and misunderstanding. So let's not make the most physical manifestation of it - that is to say, people being out there on the street and using - the problem. It's not the problem. It's simply a manifestation of the problem. It's simply a symptom. It's sort of like saying that the problem with pneumonia is that you cough. "Let's suppress the cough, and that's okay." Well you can suppress the cough....
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FREE BIRD
Written by Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant
Published by Songs of Universal
On behalf of itself and EMI /Longitude Music
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Courtesy of Geffen Records
under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Our deadening country.
2 April 2013 | by peacecreepSee all my reviews

Eugene Jarecki's frightening and important film is a thorough investigation of the prison industrial complex and the "war on drugs" i.e. the war on poor people. It's a fair and balanced look at how it subsidizes thousands of jobs and locks up millions of innocent people. Unfortunately he misses a key argument against this war: adults should have the right to sovereignty over their consciousness. Drugs are slightly demonized throughout- the fact that the drugs themselves are inherently good- its people with no self control that give them a bad name- is never explored. Regardless, this is a fascinating look into a sick society in a dead and deadening country. Recommended.


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Release Date:

5 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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New Haven, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,453, 7 October 2012

Gross USA:

$210,752

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$219,159
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1.78 : 1
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