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Jimmy Carter Man from Plains (2007)

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A chronicle of the former president's tour recent for his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writer:

Jonathan Demme
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lillian Carter ... Herself (archive footage)
Jimmy Carter ... Himself
Rosalynn Carter Rosalynn Carter ... Herself
Elizabeth Hayes Elizabeth Hayes ... Herself
Terry Gross Terry Gross ... Herself
Carolyn Cole Carolyn Cole ... Herself - LA Times
Josh Getlin Josh Getlin ... Himself - LA Times
Jane Ammeson Jane Ammeson ... Herself - Chicago Tribune
David Rosenthal David Rosenthal ... Himself - Simon and Schuster
Carolyn Reidy Carolyn Reidy ... Herself - Simon and Schuster
Charlie Rose ... Himself
Diane Rehm Diane Rehm ... Herself
Wolf Blitzer ... Himself
Laura Ertmer Laura Ertmer ... Herself - intern
Remington Byer Remington Byer ... Himself - intern
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Storyline

Late in 2006, President Jimmy Carter tours the U.S. promoting his provocative "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid." Demme's camera follows Carter from city to city, home to Plains (population 635), visiting a Habitat for Humanity site in New Orleans, and talking on radio and TV with Teri Gross, Charlie Rose, Diane Rehm, Jay Leno, Larry King, Wolf Blitzer, Tavis Smiley, and Al Jazeera and Israeli pundits, discussing Palestine's plight and the policies of Israel. Critics speak as well. Between events, Carter talks about Camp David, recent travels, being married, speaking Spanish, and wisdom he learned from Rachel Clark, his nanny. A montage of speeches, awards, and travels ends the film. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG for some thematic elements and brief disturbing images
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Man from Plains See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,413, 28 October 2007

Gross USA:

$108,807

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,263
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Color:

Color | Color (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film's closing epilogue reads: "Jimmy and Rosalynn still live in Plains. Population 635." See more »

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Too long, too complicated
27 October 2007 | by dejapkaSee all my reviews

Jonathan Demme makes a misstep in this documentary with the former president. I believe that Jimmy Carter's advocacy of peace is sincere. But this film in support of the controversial book does nothing to advocate his position nor incite any discussion.

Demme's film leaves us with no legacy or message. We simply aren't provided enough content to understand the former president's position. Over two hours was spent watching Carter enter and exit limousines and hotel rooms. More time is spent watching Cater sign books than explaining the controversial Palestinian policies.

Former Vice President, Al Gore, made complex facts simple and digestible in his film. Unfortunately, President Carter made a complex situation and the associated politics even more distant. Carter and Demme, both articulate men, did not get a message across. Don't waste your time.


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