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Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee (2016)

Mysteries abound in the life of John McAfee. He made millions creating antivirus software, then reinvented himself as a yogi, a proponent of herbal medicine, and a serial entrepreneur. He ... See full summary »

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Nanette Burstein
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Allison Adonizio Allison Adonizio ... Herself
Nanette Burstein Nanette Burstein ... Herself
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Mysteries abound in the life of John McAfee. He made millions creating antivirus software, then reinvented himself as a yogi, a proponent of herbal medicine, and a serial entrepreneur. He was known for his charm and generosity. Then his life took another turn. He moved from the US to Belize and built a heavily armed compound in the jungle, like a modern day Heart of Darkness. McAfee never shied away from media attention and boasted of his libertine lifestyle, maintaining a harem of young women. In 2012 his neighbour in Belize, an American named Gregory Faull, was found murdered by a gunshot. Sought for questioning by local authorities, McAfee fled to Guatemala, then returned to the US where he pursued the Libertarian Party nomination for President in 2016. Over the years, journalists have told pieces of McAfee's story (including the infamous Vice report accidentally revealing his secret location). Here the Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Nanette Burstein delivers a deep ...

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24 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Belize

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Great as a propaganda piece, terrible as an act of journalism.
28 June 2018 | by ZachRPhillipsSee all my reviews

John McAfee is someone I never really gave a damn about. The only way I knew of his name before is documentary is because of his AntiVirus company. About half the way through this film it became abundantly clear from any objective standard, this was a hit piece. There are very serious allegations made in this documentary that don't get any push back whatsoever, not even something as simple as "McAfee denies the allegations" or "these allegations are so far unfounded". This film is well shot & edited, and that is where my praise for it ends. After watching the film I did some searching online and it turns out that the producer of the film is the same man who seems to have spent a large chunk of his career trying to defame & attack McAfee for his politics. Finding that out in addition to merely watching the movie and the way it very clearly tries to portray McAfee is a man of pure evil rather than being objective, that was enough to convince me that this is a documentary designed to ruin the life of a man.


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