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Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)

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A look at the life, work and political activism of one of the most successful television producers of all time, Norman Lear.
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Credited cast:
John Amos ... Self
Bea Arthur ... Self (archive footage)
Adrienne Barbeau ... Self
Valerie Bertinelli ... Self
Todd Bridges ... Self
Mel Brooks ... Self
George W. Bush ... Self (archive footage)
Gloria Calderon Kellett ... Self
Dick Cavett ... Self (archive footage)
George Clooney ... Self
Dabney Coleman ... Self
Keaton Nigel Cooke ... Young Norman
Father Coughlin ... Self (archive footage)
Phil Donahue ... Self (archive footage)
Jerry Falwell ... Self - President, Moral Majority, Inc. (archive footage) (as Rev. Jerry Falwell)


How did a poor Jewish kid from Connecticut bring us Archie Bunker and become one of the most successful television producers ever? Norman Lear brought provocative subjects like war, poverty, and prejudice into 120 million homes every week. He proved that social change was possible through an unlikely prism: laughter. World Premiere -Opening night selection, Sundance, 2016.

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The legendary creator of All in the Family and The Jeffersons



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Norman Lear: People think, you know, that turning 90, maybe you change, but it's everybody else who changes. Suddenly, I'm extremely wise, and everybody's asking me for advice, and I am sometimes applauded for walking across a room. But the sound and the fact of 90 has got everybody believing I'm some kind of special intelligence. But I think about it now as wondrous, what I got to experience.
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29 October 2016 | by norway_girlSee all my reviews

I just watched this excellent film on PBS. Others have commented on the artsy look of it. I think that is what helped me to enjoy it even more. The women who created this have done an excellent job presenting a lifetime of his work and condensing it so that we also get to REALLY know the man. Norman Lear was born three years before my father, and like him a terrific American ... a WWII vet, a man with a social conscience and part of the greatest generation and unlike my Dad, he's still with us and still contributing. My Dad would have loved this program. It's a fitting tribute to one of the great founding fathers of TV. I look forward to reading his biography. This is definitely a "you should watch it" program.

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$16,912, 10 July 2016

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