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Merchants of Doubt (2014)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 12 December 2014 (UK)
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A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.

Director:

Robert Kenner

Writers:

Erik M. Conway (original book), Robert Kenner | 2 more credits »
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamy Ian Swiss Jamy Ian Swiss ... Himself - Magician and Magic Historian
Stanton A. Glantz ... Himself (as Stanton Glantz)
Sam Roe Sam Roe ... Himself - Journalist, Chicago Tribune
Patricia Callahan Patricia Callahan ... Herself - Journalist, Chicago Tribune
James Hansen ... Himself - Climate Scientist
John Passacantando John Passacantando ... Himself - Former Executive Director, Greenpeace USA
Bill O'Keefe Bill O'Keefe ... Himself - Former Chairman of Global Climate Coalition
Naomi Oreskes Naomi Oreskes ... Herself - Professor of the History of Science
Frederick Singer ... Himself (as Fred Singer)
Michael Shermer ... Himself - Founder of The Skeptics Society
James Taylor James Taylor ... Himself - Self-Proclaimed Science and Economical Expert, Heartland Institute
Matthew Crawford Matthew Crawford ... Himself - Former Executive Director of the George C. Marshall Institute
Marc Morano Marc Morano ... Himself - Self-Proclaimed Environmental Journalist
Benjamin Santer Benjamin Santer ... Himself - Climate Scientist (as Ben Santer)
Michael E. Mann ... Himself - Climate Scientist (as Michael Mann)
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A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.

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Propaganda (noun). 1. Derogatory information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Climate Project See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,300, 8 March 2015

Gross USA:

$308,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$308,156
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Goofs

Roughly 59 minutes into the documentary it cuts to an interview with James Taylor of the Heartland Institute. In the background an office worker in a mobility scooter reverses into doorway. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Himself - Magician and Magic Historian: My expertise is in deception. The thing that sets magicians apart from con men, and other kinds of thieves and liars, is that we are honest liars. It's the moral contract.
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A must see if you are concerned about our planet Earth
23 January 2016 | by deloudelouvainSee all my reviews

A documentary like Merchants of Doubt should be mandatory in schools. Just so that the kids can open their eyes about the influence of the media on the brainwashed Americans, lobbyists of all kind and maleficent greedy people. I already did not have a great view about certain humans before watching this documentary and at the end it certainly did not improve. The power of those greedy bastards from the petrol, tobacco, and guns lobbies is just sickening to watch. The amount of conservative people that will take anything for granted if it comes out of their mouths is just frightening. Republican rednecks, I just can't stand them. Most of them are so stupid you wonder how it is possible to be that ignorant. Anyways, this documentary is really a must see if you are interested in the future of our planet. I already know the vast majority of rednecks won't change their opinion because they are just not smart enough to see the truth or they are just to stubborn to admit they were wrong. Bottom line, I hate a lot of humans on this planet.


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