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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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Cast

Credited cast:
John Amos ... Himself
Bea Arthur ... Herself (archive footage)
Adrienne Barbeau ... Herself
Valerie Bertinelli ... Herself
Todd Bridges ... Himself
Gloria Calderon Kellett ... Herself
George Clooney ... Himself
Dabney Coleman ... Himself
Keaton Nigel Cooke ... Young Norman
Kim Fields ... Herself
Marla Gibbs ... Herself
Alan Horn ... Himself
Louise Lasser ... Herself
Norman Lear ... Himself
Jay Leno ... Himself
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 2016 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,912, 10 July 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$70,056, 12 August 2016
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Loki Films,Thirteen / WNET See more »
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Good Times (Theme Song)
written by Dave Grusin, Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
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Pretty good, but no mention of his film career
17 July 2016 | by babewosentalSee all my reviews

Actually, that's not completely true. "Cold Turkey," which Lear wrote and directed, and a few films he produced, such as "Divorce American Style" and "The Night They Raided Minsky's," were flashed briefly on screen, for about three seconds. If you look really fast you can see them.

But little or no mention at all of Lear's longtime producing partner, the late, great Bud Yorkin.

This is especially disappointing in light of the fact that Yorkin died last year, which barely made the news. He was not recognized by the Academy, of course... but most people behind the scenes aren't.

If it weren't for Yorkin, there would likely be no "Blade Runner." And Yorkin was a pioneering TV director, brief clips of which are seen in the film... but again, no mention of the man.

Sure, you can always make the argument that EVERYTHING in a person's life can't be included, but come on -- a ten second snippet of an interview is all that remains of a 20-year partnership? And a fifty-year friendship??

This seems extremely odd, and disrespectful.


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