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Crude (2009)

Unrated | | Documentary | 15 January 2010 (UK)
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The story of lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon.

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Joe Berlinger
14 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Ashley Dan Ashley ... Himself - ABC 7 News (archive footage)
Pablo Fajardo Pablo Fajardo ... Himself
Kent Robertson Kent Robertson ... Himself - Chevron
German Yanez German Yanez ... Himself (as Judge German Yanez)
Adolfo Callejas Adolfo Callejas ... Himself (as Dr. Adolfo Callejas)
Ebergeldo Criollo Ebergeldo Criollo ... Himself
Steve Donziger Steve Donziger ... Himself - Attorney
Atossa Soltani Atossa Soltani ... Herself
Joseph Kohn Joseph Kohn ... Himself - Attorney
Maria Garafalo Maria Garafalo ... Herself - San Carlos Resident
Sara McMillen Sara McMillen ... Herself - Chevron
Ricardo Reis Veiga Ricardo Reis Veiga ... Himself - Chevron
Diego Larrea Diego Larrea ... Himself - Attorney
Alejandro Ponce Alejandro Ponce ... Himself - Attorney
Rosa Moreno Rosa Moreno ... Herself - San Carlos Resident
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Storyline

One of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. An inside look at the infamous $27 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" case, CRUDE is a real-life high stakes legal drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film examines a complicated situation from several angles while bringing a story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus. Written by Crude Production

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Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 January 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Argo petrelaio See more »

Filming Locations:

Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,595, 13 September 2009

Gross USA:

$170,295

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,881
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(European Film Market)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Footage not included in the documentary was later used as evidence of fraud on behalf of the plaintiffs in US courts. See more »

Quotes

Protester at 2008 Chevron Shareholders meeting: [Protester at 2008 Chevron Shareholders meeting] In Ecuador as in Nigeria, as in Richmond, as in Iraq, as in Burma, this company chose profit over people. It's clear that this company has no moral responsibility, no ethics. And that's why we're all here.
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References Cobra Verde (1987) See more »

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Brilliant documentary on a courageous battle
15 October 2009 | by hanagomolakovaSee all my reviews

This documentary about the Chevron-Texaso case and the struggle of a small law company trying to win a lawsuit against this oil giant and force them to take responsibility for the ecologic catastrophe they left behind when drilling oil in the Ecuador Amazon rainforest, leaving behind open or poorly sanitized oil pit holes, near or on top of – yes, you heard me, on top of – which people live and suffer from severe illnesses such as cancer, leukemia, or severe skin problems as a result.

Amazing documentary, amazing story, which has so much reminded me of the courageous fight of David against Goliath combined with a sprinkle of Erin Brockowich. Amazing how a few can move mountains to help total strangers at a country far away from their ordinary world...


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