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Franken: God Spoke
     

Al Franken: God Spoke

Director: Nick Doob, Chris Hegedus, Al Franken, Al Gore

Cast: Nick Doob, Chris Hegedus, Al Franken, Al Gore

 
The documentary Al Franken: God Spoke follows the comedian-turned-pundit as he goes about his daily business. Through the course of the film, Franken discusses his transformation from comedy to politics, and discusses his ambitions. Franken also takes every opportunity to jab at his political opponents in the right wing.

Overview

The documentary Al Franken: God Spoke follows the comedian-turned-pundit as he goes about his daily business. Through the course of the film, Franken discusses his transformation from comedy to politics, and discusses his ambitions. Franken also takes every opportunity to jab at his political opponents in the right wing.

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All Movie Guide
Al Franken: God Spoke is a heartburn-inducing flashback to the vitriol of the 2004 presidential election, tracking political humorist Al Franken from his Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them book tour to the founding of radio station Air America, his feud with Bill O'Reilly at Book Expo America, John Kerry's loss, and Franken's decision to run for the Senate in 2008 (maybe). Throughout, Franken, in keeping with the tenor of his book, confronts right-wing demagogues and challenges them on their rhetorical bull. He's funny and his targets worthy, but documentarians Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus don't turn the film into a one-dimensional love-fest. Franken can be petty (as when he chases Karen Hughes around, badgering her about an insignificant quote she made regarding George W. Bush's drunk-driving arrest), condescending, and arrogant. "God Spoke" is a joke on Republican claims of divine representation, but Franken's chest-puffing can be just as absurdly ostentatious. Still, this entertaining and at times affecting portrait of an individual taking on and being overwhelmed by political chicanery makes for a worthy document of the more maddening annals of American power in the early 21st century.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
UPC:
0767685989531
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
Docurama
Presentation:
[Colorized]
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
69,431

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Deleted scenes; Filmmaker biographies

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Franken Participant
Al Gore Participant
Sean Hannity Participant
Henry Kissinger Participant
Walter Mondale Participant
Michael Moore Participant
Bill O'Reilly Participant
Katherine Lanpher Participant
Billy Kimball Participant
Jim Norton Participant

Technical Credits
Nick Doob Director,Cinematographer,Editor
Chris Hegedus Director,Cinematographer,Editor
Walker Lamond Associate Producer
Rebecca Marshall Producer
D.A. Pennebaker Executive Producer
Frazer Pennebaker Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Al Franken: God Spoke
1. God Speaks [1:24]
2. Fox vs. Franken [3:55]
3. Jujitsu [4:03]
4. Minnesota [6:34]
5. Paul Wellstone [3:24]
6. SNL Days [1:07]
7. Air America Radio [5:07]
8. On the Air [5:49]
9. A Bounced Check [1:21]
10. Franni [:44]
11. Ann Coulter and the USO [4:53]
12. Right-Wing Radio [7:34]
13. The Republican Convention [2:26]
14. The Newsweek Party [5:53]
15. Going After Republicans [6:59]
16. Partying With the Democrats [2:48]
17. The Election [9:02]
18. Back to Minnesota [10:56]

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