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Unreasonable Man
     

An Unreasonable Man

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Director: Henriette Mantel, Stephen Skrovan

Cast: Ralph Nader, Jay Acton

 
The life and career of one of America's most tenacious consumer advocates and political activists is brought to the screen in this richly detailed documentary. Born in a small town in Connecticut, Ralph Nader was raised to believe the words of his father that "you can fight city hall," and Nader made a nationwide reputation for his willingness to take on the

Overview

The life and career of one of America's most tenacious consumer advocates and political activists is brought to the screen in this richly detailed documentary. Born in a small town in Connecticut, Ralph Nader was raised to believe the words of his father that "you can fight city hall," and Nader made a nationwide reputation for his willingness to take on the wealthy and powerful. After receiving a degree from Harvard Law School, Nader first became a household name in 1965 with his book Unsafe at Any Speed, in which he detailed the auto industry's willingness to sacrifice safety in the name of greater profits. The book so outraged General Motors that they hired investigators to dig up dirt on Nader and make trouble for him; the plan backfired when Nader sued for invasion of privacy and walked away with a 425,000-dollar settlement that he used to set up an activist group to investigate both public servants and private commerce and how they live up to their responsibilities. However, Nader's long career as a incorruptible watchdog was tarnished in 2004 when Nader ran for president in a campaign that attracted a great deal of attention for a third party candidate -- and was blamed by many Democrats for drawing enough votes away from Al Gore to allow George W. Bush to walk away with an extremely narrow victory. An Unreasonable Man was directed by Henriette Mantel and Stephen Skrovan, the former of whom worked as a member of Nader's staff in the '70s.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2007
UPC:
0796019801690
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
Ifc
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:02:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes; The Congress Project - No Nukes - Airbags - Big Boys/Flint - Bell's Palsy/Shafeek - Prop. 103 - The Congressional Black Caucus; Pluse these featurettes; Profile of a Charismatic Leader; What Kind of President Would Ralph Nader Be?; Debating the Role of Third Parties in the U.S.; What Happened to the Democratic Party?; Why is the Right Better Organized Than the Left?; Ralph Nader on the Iraq War; A Debate on Corporate Power in America

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ralph Nader Participant
Jay Acton Participant
Theresa Amato Participant
Pat Buchanan Participant
Peter Camejo Participant
Scott Carter Participant
Joan Claybrook Participant
John Conyers Participant
Karen Croft Participant
Phil Donahue Participant
James Fallows Participant
Michael Feinstein Participant
Todd Gitlin Participant
Richard Grossman Participant
Greg Kafoury Participant
Jason Kafoury Participant
Carl Mayer Participant
Tarek Milleron Participant
Morton Mintz Participant
Ross Mirkarimi Participant
Jim Musselman Participant
Claire Nader Participant
Laura Nader Participant
Bryce Nelson Participant
James Ridgeway Actor
Harvey Rosenfield Participant
Donald Ross Participant
Robert Weissman Participant
Sidney Wolfe Participant

Technical Credits
Henriette Mantel Director,Executive Producer
Stephen Skrovan Director,Executive Producer
Sandra Chandler Camera Operator
John Chater Cinematographer
Craig Clark Sound/Sound Designer
Matt Davis Camera Operator
Melissa Donovan Camera Operator
Steven Elkins Camera Operator
Beth Gallagher Editor
Joe Kraemer Score Composer
Kevin O'Donnell Producer
Alexis Provost Editor
Mark Raker Cinematographer
Leigh Wilson Camera Operator

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- An Unreasonable Man
1. Automobile Safety Concerns [6:36]
2. Unsafe at Any Speed [4:14]
3. GM's Smear Campaign [7:16]
4. Roots [3:19]
5. Nader's Raiders [7:04]
6. A New Era [6:59]
7. Consumer Protection Agency [4:42]
8. Dupont Circle [5:27]
9. Misunderstood Persona [3:14]
10. The Reagan Years [8:12]
11. The Folly of the Least Worst [2:00]
12. Two-Party System [10:31]
13. A Mortal Threat [3:58]
14. One Rally at a Time [3:50]
15. The Debate Issue [:02]
16. A Consequential Impact [11:13]
17. A Viscious Fallout [8:36]
18. Kerry's Campaign [7:16]
19. Supporter Backlash [4:52]
20. The Nader Legacy [3:46]
21. End Credits [6:23]
Disc #2 -- An Unreasonable Man
1. Profile of a Charismatic Leader [5:46]
1. What Kind of President Would Ralph Nader Be? [6:08]
1. Debating the Role of Third Parties in the U.S. [5:26]
1. What Happened to the Democratic Party? [8:21]
1. Why is the Right Better Organized Than the Left? [5:27]
1. Ralph Nader on the Iraq War [2:48]
7. A Debate on Corporate Power in America [:01]

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An Unreasonable Man 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After one year of George W. Bush, I started to heavily regret my vote for Nader in 2000. After watching this movie, my regret turned into pride. I voted for the right candidate. I will not be guilted anymore. If the Dems want to keep Ralph from running, the best way is to adapt his policies. I voted for Obama in '08, but it is up to Obama to make sure I don't go back to Nader in 2012.
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