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Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019)

RAISE HELL: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins tells the story of media firebrand Molly Ivins, six feet of Texas trouble who took on the Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it. Her ... See full summary »

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Janice Engel

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Janice Engel, Monique Zavistovski (Writer)
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Credited cast:
Andy Ivins Andy Ivins ... Himself
Margo Johnston Margo Johnston ... Herself
Charles Kaiser Charles Kaiser ... Himself
Paul Krugman Paul Krugman ... Himself
Anne Lamott Anne Lamott ... Herself
Linda Jann Lewis Linda Jann Lewis ... Herself
Myra MacPherson Myra MacPherson ... Herself
Rachel Maddow ... Herself
Marty Maley Marty Maley ... Himself
Sara Ivins Maley Sara Ivins Maley ... Herself
Dave McNeely Dave McNeely ... Himself
Betsy Moon Betsy Moon ... Herself
Muffie Moroney Muffie Moroney ... Herself
Victor Navasky Victor Navasky ... Himself
Kaye Northcott Kaye Northcott ... Herself
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RAISE HELL: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins tells the story of media firebrand Molly Ivins, six feet of Texas trouble who took on the Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it. Her razor sharp wit left both sides of the aisle laughing, and craving ink in her columns. She knew the Bill of Rights was in peril, and said "Polarizing people is a good way to win an election and a good way to wreck a country." Molly's words have proved prescient. Now it's up to us to raise hell!

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28 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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A Beautiful Tribute to one of the Funniest people who ever Lived
13 March 2019 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins was warmly and lovingly received by liberal Austin at the SXSW Film Festival. The film is a loving tribute to one of the funniest political commentators who ever put pen to paper. Ivins was a daughter of Texas who made it her mission to challenge conservative Texas with wit and witticism. She used humor to skewer her enemies. This biopic relies heavily on her words and particularly on archival speeches and presentations. Her wit has become legend such as when she describes Pat Buchanan's 1992 Republican Convention as "It probably sounded better in its original German." The film is clearly meant as a tribute and so it sugar-coats some of the rough spots (although it does touch on her struggles with alcoholism). It verges of liberal hagiography, but still captures so much of her larger than life personality. For all her love of life, her death in 2007 from cancer at only 62 is sobering. Watching the film in 2019, one can not help but wonder what Molly Ivins would done with a Twitter account in the era of Donald Trump. Sadly, we will never know, but we can imagine. Recommended for her fans and admirers.


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