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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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Eugene Jarecki

Writers:

Eugene Jarecki, Christopher St. John (additional writing)
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eugene Jarecki ... Himself - Narrator / Interviewer
David Simon ... Himself - Creator, The Wire
Shanequa Benitez Shanequa Benitez ... Herself
William Julius Wilson William Julius Wilson ... Himself - Harvard University (as Prof. William Julius Wilson)
Glendon Goldsboro Glendon Goldsboro ... Himself - Providence Police (as Lt. Glendon Goldsboro)
Fabio Zuena Fabio Zuena ... Himself - Providence Narcotics
David Kennedy David Kennedy ... Himself - John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Michael Correia Michael Correia ... Himself - Commanding Officer, Narcotics (as Lt. Michael Correia)
Charles Bowden Charles Bowden ... Himself - Investigative Reporter
Gabor Mate Gabor Mate ... Himself - Physician, Addiction Expert (as Dr. Gabor Maté)
Mark W. Bennett Mark W. Bennett ... Himself - U.S. Federal Judge (as Hon. Mark Bennett)
Maurice Haltiwanger Maurice Haltiwanger ... Himself - ID# 03678-029
Jim K. McGough Jim K. McGough ... Himself - Maurice's Lawyer (as Jim McGough)
Eric Franklin Eric Franklin ... Himself - Lexington Corrections Center (as Warden Eric Franklin)
Mike Carpenter Mike Carpenter ... Himself - 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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In the past 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and destroyed impoverished communities at home and abroad. See more »

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Netherlands | UK | Germany | Japan | Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Ghetto: Mayaku-sensô to sabetsu no rensa See more »

Filming Locations:

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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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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Featured in Storyville: The House I Live In (2013) (2013) See more »

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IF YOU'RE EVER IN OKLAHOMA
Written by J.J. Cale
Published by BMG Platinum Songs on behalf of Audiogram Songs, Inc.
Performed by J.J. Cale
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Moving and Informative Introduction to the Untold Story of the Drug War
17 April 2013 | by fob199See 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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