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1 hr. 44 min.

Plot Summary
In this documentary, director Joe Berlinger looks into a major environmental disaster in the Amazon, which involves the oil industry in Ecuador. While the film explores the human toll of the corporate presence in the heart of the jungle, it also presents the circumstances involved in the massive legal case associated with the complicated situation. Investigating the issue from a variety of perspectives, the movie shows how big business can drastically affect the world.

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Director: Joe Berlinger

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: First Run

Crude (2009)

Release Date: September 9th, 2009|1 hr. 44 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Here’s a powerhouse of a documentary that makes you feel mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    No film could convey all the complexities of the case - what Crude does is air the plaintiffs' claims and show the lawyers at work. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    What's less clear, and more maddening, is how several generations of Ecuadorans have been left to live on toxic land, their health and livelihoods compromised, while lawyers file motions and counter-motions and blame is passed around. show more

  • September 26, 2009 semperfi7x
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    pws forgot to say he's a Chevron trust fund baby. I've never met a suit at this Chevron that wasn't a self-absorbed "tote" of the company. Of course, most oil execs pretty much have the moral compass of a misguided proctologist.... But, to the flick: One doesn't have to be a "left winger" to appreciate the damage depicted in this film; one need only have a conscience

  • September 25, 2009 pws1946
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    A slanted film full of lies & decet. A half ass attempt to take down a company that had nothing to do with alleged pollution. Film is a true left wing piece of crap propaganda.

  • September 19, 2009 erzabella
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    Informed, Intelligent, and Inspiring If you have not seen CRUDE yet, get to the closest theater. It is a near perfect documentary of an incredible story. Filmmaker Joe Berlinger leads us through a tale that combines a legal thriller, an environmental outrage, a cultural crisis, a buddy pic, and even pulls in some rock you out of your seats concert footage. Rarely does any film have so many dimensions delivered in such an effective and riveting package. Following the crusade of an Ecuadorian lawsuit against Chevron for 2 of its 14 years, we are guided by the oddest legal couple you can imagine. Pablo the young, fresh and determined Ecuadorian hero seems at times too young and too nice for the fight he is in. That is until you hear him passionately address the issues of the case. He embodies innocence and tenacity in a very Jimmy Stewart ala ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington', style. His partner is Steven, a big, bold, brash New York lawyer whose bombastic style is as entertaining as it is effective. We are brought close in to the tragic pollution of a once pristine rainforest, and are moved to tears at the plight of the beautiful ancient peoples devastated by same. From the eco/cultural travesty, to the arcane workings of the Ecuadorian legal system, to the power and ruthlessness of a major multinational corporation, there is so much provocative material in this film that days after the showing, I am still processing, and discussing it. Berlinger’s gift in this movie is that he does not deliver a conclusion to the audience, rather he presents both sides of the story and provokes the viewer to real thought on the issues. While it is clear that he sees a moral imperative that Chevron accept responsibility and that the people get help, Berlinger does not beat you over the head with a message movie. He makes you ponder the complexities and own your own opinion. If he ever stops making films, which I hope he does not, he would make a great college professor. Watch for this excellent film to be in the mix at Oscar t

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