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The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 5 October 2012 (USA)
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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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Mark W. Bennett ...
Himself - U.S. Federal Judge (as Hon. Mark Bennett)
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Himself (archive footage) (as Joseph Biden)
Michael Bien ...
Himself - Civil Rights Attorney
Charles Bowden ...
Mike Carpenter ...
Himself - Chief of Security, Lexington Corrections
Betty Chism ...
Herself - Kevin's mother
Michael Correa ...
Himself
Michael Correia ...
Himself - Commanding Officer, Narcotics (as Lt. Michael Correia)
Eric Franklin ...
Himself - Lexington Corrections Center (as Warden Eric Franklin)
Glendon Goldsboro ...
Himself - Providence Police (as Lt. Glendon Goldsboro)
Maurice Haltiwanger ...
Himself - ID# 03678-029
Carl Hart ...
Himself, associate professor of psychology, Columbia University
Elzie Hooks ...
Himself, inmate, Lexington Correctional Center
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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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The war on drugs has never been about drugs. See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,453, 7 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$210,752, 10 February 2013
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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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A Moving and Informative Introduction to the Untold Story of the Drug War
17 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

The House I Live In takes the complex issue of the failed war on drugs and breaks it down to a level that is both digestible and striking nonetheless. The film provides substantial historical evidence to make a powerful argument against the American war on drugs. The House I Live In exposes the many flaws of current anti-drug policies and strategies from a multitude of perspectives, drawing from historians and academics to front- of-the-line law enforcement and correctional officers alike. The film brilliantly ties these perspectives in a way that can effectively inspire viewers from all backgrounds to take a stand in confronting this largely unrecognized national issue.

The film provides an impressively broad set of data and evidence that cohesively screams one message—the war on drugs is a failure to the American public. As the first film focused solely on the subject, The House I Live In is undoubtedly one of the decade's most important films.


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