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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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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)
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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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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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A Pretty Darn Good Version of Norman
25 July 2016 | by richard-1967See all my reviews

This film can be - and has been - criticized for being too much of a puff piece, too much "old news," and not sufficiently insightful into the meaning of Norman Lear's life. But for those who know him and his work - both artistic and political - well enough but not intimately, this is a great overview of Lear and his accomplishments.

Still fully intact both physically and mentally at 93, Lear has much to offer through his own interviews, and ANY movie that simply catalogs his career would be worth seeing. From early Martin-Lewis writer through All in the Family and Maude through his Good Times misstep to his "retirement" from TV and creation of People for the American Way, Lear's career was unparalleled. As Jon Stewart and others put it in the film, there was TV Before Norman and After Norman.

But this documentary does more. The skill of the filmmakers is obvious, and they leave their imprint - and Lear's famous and unusual hat - throughout this enjoyable film. While it's respectful and loving, it's not worshipful. There's focus on his absence as a father and husband, his difficult relationship with his own father, and the Good Times cast's serious concerns about racial stereotyping. The directors chose excellent clips from the most important shows, including the Maude abortion episodes and some truly extraordinary acting from Carol O'Connor as Archie Bunker. One Archie scene, Archie talking to "Meathead" about his own father, is particularly poignant, as we watch Lear watching Archie.

A worthwhile hour and a half with an American icon, still going strong.


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May 2016 (New Zealand) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,912, 10 July 2016

Gross USA:

$70,950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,950
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