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Dark Money

Dark Money is a movie starring Jon Tester, Debra Bonogofsky, and Jim Peterson. DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our...

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Running Time
1 hours 39 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Kimberly Reed
Writer
Kimberly Reed, Jay Arthur Sterrenberg
Actors
Jim Peterson, Ellie Hill, Jon Tester, Debra Bonogofsky
Country
USA
Year
2018
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana--a front line in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide--to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impact of the US Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, DARK MONEY uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (PRODIGAL SONS) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-TEAM).

Comments about documentary «Dark Money» (21)

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Wayne S.

Watched this film in my History class as an example of a political insider's perspective. The film was very informative and made me very angry at the corporate controlled media. If you do not feel a need to read the negative reviews of this film, then you are not getting the point.

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Virginia

The film makes a compelling case for corruption in the city of Philadelphia, and it comes from an officer of the law, Michael Rutter, who seems almost uniquely equipped to address it. Rutter, an assistant district attorney, told this reporter that he is now "definitely more careful" than in the past. The filmmakers track Rutter's personal crusade against corruption, which is captured in the documentary. Rutter is a true underdog, having been denied the chance to run for attorney general, but he gained the courage to expose the corruption in the city, and to expose its effects on the public. The film's narrative is a lot like that of "What's Eating Gilbert Grape." That film, with the help of Rutter, exposed how the City Council was "shipping" large amounts of illegal drugs into the city, and how the city was allowing it to happen. Rutter was also able to document the outrages of police officers who brutally brutalized homeless people. In the film, Rutter seems to be much like Gordon Gekko in "Wall Street," a man who has the good of the public at heart, but his profit motive has him turning a blind eye to the mess he makes. The film shows a police officer trying to cover up a murder, while he is under investigation for another murder. Rutter also learns that a former colleague of his, who was a cop at the time of the murder, is also being investigated for it, and he feels he is being unfairly targeted. Rutter also begins to question whether the police department is corrupted itself. In many ways, the film is a must see for anyone concerned about corruption in our police departments. The film also shows how an inspector general investigation of the Philadelphia Police Department, led by then-District Attorney Rutter, is the only ongoing investigation of police misconduct in the country. It is interesting to see how Rutter and his wife get on the case of Officer Michael Quayle, who was shot by a rival officer, which led to him being terminated from the police force. Rutter's investigations showed that the man who fired Quayle was "indicted" by the Department of Justice for fraud. After the District Attorney found that Quayle was fired for telling his wife he was having an affair, and that he was retaliating against the male officer who fired him, he concluded that the firing was not justified. In that decision, the District Attorney made a great deal of political hay, and, ultimately, that was his downfall. Michael Rutter's courage was admirable, and he deserves credit for that. And, like the three women he interviewed, he also made a really good case for corruption within the police department. In many ways, this film is the epitome of documentary making, because it brings together a very diverse group of people, including, among others, the plaintiffs' attorney, Gary Marker, the city attorney, Michael Rutter, and the plaintiffs' lawyer, Jeff Segal. The film's opening is especially strong, when an officer speaks to Rutter about the limits of what is possible under oath, but also the limits of what is possible in the courtroom. Rutter concludes that the system does not need a lot of reforms. That was the message he was hoping to get across to the audience. The documentary ends on a positive note, as Rutter visits the site of a young man who was killed by a young black man, shot dead by a white police officer, and that officer says that he was not going to go to jail. This is a great moment of the film, and it helps drive home the point that corruption and lawlessness are contagious.

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Albert Simmons

Pitch Black should have been better than it was. How it came to be rated a "9" is anyone's guess. Overall, I was not impressed with this movie, which was disappointing. There were no big surprises here. If you have any interest in the Iraq war, there are some things you can learn from this movie. There are two things that bothered me. 1) The character's opinion of the war was inaccurate. The government, at the time the war started, was looking for the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The government at the time put the blame on Iraq, which was wrong. 2) The person who played the President was not presidential enough. I am sure he was sincere and likeable, but this character didn't have enough conviction. I feel sorry for him because he didn't have a good role model. It would have been easier for him to become president of the United States. I would not recommend this movie to anyone, unless you want to know about the war.

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Janice

Just saw "The Selling of the White House" at the San Francisco film festival. The film covers the period from the beginning of Ronald Reagan's term through to his final years in office. The film does a good job of presenting the deep connections between the president and the people he governed and deals with the current political situation. It is worth watching if you are interested in the Reagan years and it is a good and important film.

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Christina Simmons

I don't remember this documentary having an ending. It's almost like a silent film, with a few words spoken and the camera's lens trained on a subject, but no sound. I don't remember it's running time, but I have seen the documentary several times and have noticed that it is long, so that I wonder how long it is. I am also curious about the title of the documentary, because it seems to be about some huge financial scandal, but it is not. It is about a handful of very powerful and wealthy people, who are not very different from the rest of us. They have their own ideas about how society should be run and about how the world should be run. They seem to have a few people who are all good and have a lot of money, but they seem to be the exception. They are very similar to the people I know who seem to have lots of money but don't know how to spend it, or how to do anything with it. I am not going to try to find out how they got there, but I am interested in finding out what they are thinking, and why they are doing what they are doing. I know that the title is about a scandal, but I am not sure what it means.

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Kathy Riley

The interview with the president of Columbia University and his foundation, and the questions that follow the interview, are amazing, and the answers are so riveting, it is hard to say how to start. For a person who has no political or financial interest in the movie or the subject of it, what was so great about this movie? Was it the subject matter? Was it the insight of the subjects? Was it the great actors? Was it the movie itself? I'll leave it to you to find out.

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Doris O.

If you don't understand how things work in Haiti and don't want to pay attention to political stuff, then you should give this film a shot. However, if you are interested in current news in Haiti and the politics involved in Haiti, then I would suggest that you skip this film and look for the real story on the internet.

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Madison W.

This is an independent film. The purpose of independent films is to push a point of view or to make a point, but not to be confused with a movie, or an opinion. This is not a documentary, it's a short documentary about insider trading. The producer is not a reporter, so this is not a history lesson, or a political film. It's a short film about insider trading. The subject matter is of great importance to all Americans. The producers really made a movie about insider trading that is meaningful, but it is not a movie. The producer is a journalist who is given access to some of the most influential people in the world and then spends the next couple of hours in a small room. These people are all talking and listening to the producers and trying to figure out how to better profit from this technology. A lot of information is relayed, but not as much as I would like. I'm really looking forward to the next investigative film that will take a look at the big banks, the big insurance companies and the big defense contractors. Until that happens, people like me will continue to have to live with the effects of these corporations that control our lives.

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Christina L.

This is an excellent documentary about the U.S. government's involvement in the Silk Road marketplace. It's truly astounding. One thing that struck me the most is the extreme "need" that the government has for these operations. The entire movie was highly informative about how the government was going to cover up these operations. This is so great. Another thing that made this movie so awesome is the cinematography. The way that the movie was shot was extremely informative. It was very compelling and informative. It was also interesting to watch how the government was hiding this information from the public. Overall, this was a great documentary and I highly recommend it.

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Cynthia A.

This film was created by a man whose life was dedicated to the air traffic controllers, until one day he found out they were being laid off. The majority of the people in his life were people who he was friends with or relatives. A great amount of people from his office were also affected by the layoffs and in some cases, lost their jobs. Some had to move away to find work, others just lost their home. His interest was the compensation for his life's work. He did not want the retired from their jobs but the compensation that they received from the air traffic controllers. This film was a great amount of insight into the world of air traffic controllers. Not only did he talk to the people who had lost their jobs, he also spoke with other retired air traffic controllers. It was very interesting to see the personalities of people who lost their jobs and how they had dealt with it. They talked about their personal problems, such as being unable to get pregnant, whether or not they were able to cope with the situation, the loss of their home, and the overall loss of their life. It was also interesting to hear their opinions on the changes in the American economy. How much had changed over the years? This film has a great amount of information about the new economy. It also made me realize what a great job I have. I am thankful that I work for the air traffic controllers, and that they are not just a group of retirees. I recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of air traffic controllers.

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Emma M.

My wife and I went to see "The Dark Money" with our daughter, and we must say that we were not disappointed. I was surprised to see the extent of the dark money in politics, and the extent to which corporations use their money to influence our government. It is a fascinating documentary, and one that is highly recommended.

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James

"I've been a drug addict for 30 years. It's not just about how hard it is to live your life. It's also about the damage you do. It's not about money. It's about money and whether you're a good person or a bad person." These words of Dr. Steven Schleifer, MD, were revealed in this documentary by director Robin Wasser and his team of experts, who are doctors and researchers working with patients. It is a highly influential documentary that will affect the people involved in the field of addiction. The subjects interviewed are researchers, doctors, administrators, and community leaders. The film takes you to the three different treatment areas of addiction. This is where Dr. Schleifer says: "Most of the treatment centers that I've worked with, have turned out to be quite successful." He says that these centers focus on treatment instead of incarceration. In the book "Drug Abuse: What Everyone Needs to Know" Dr. Schleifer writes about the health system's attitude towards addiction, stating that this is a common misconception. The movie opens with the concept that the health system works to control people's behavior rather than to deal with addiction itself. In fact, we have been influenced by society, but the health system is not a part of this control. The movie shows Dr. Schleifer discussing the concept of addiction and how the health system is biased towards prohibition, not treatment. The movie gives us the view of how some communities are affected by the drug problem, but the health system's support is not from the drug problem. Dr. Schleifer says that it's the drug addiction itself that's the problem, rather than the health system's ideology. It is obvious that the movie does not end with the health system's opinion, but how the government has treated addiction since prohibition. It's a matter of where the decision to intervene is coming from. This is a documentary that is a must see, not just for people who have dealt with addiction, but for the entire society. This is a powerful documentary, not only for drug addicts, but for society as a whole.

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Katherine Willis

I was looking for something a bit different and I was delighted to find that this documentary was not about one industry but about how so many companies use offshore companies and shell companies to launder money. So why is it not so common to see this documentary? Why do corporations pay lip service to this issue when they do it so blatantly? Is it because corporations can always make a big money hand over fist? Perhaps the ones that could see a dime will use their money to invest in a better planet. This documentary is based on the book "Tax Havens and the Second World War" by William P. Shea and Jonathan A. Katz. It is based on testimony from several people including a former CIA operative, a former CEO of the biggest offshore bank in the world, and a CEO of a major corporation. The documentary shows their personal stories and the connections they had to other firms and individuals. The movie is thorough and it gives a sense of the scope of the issue. It shows how a giant organization can hide money in the Cayman Islands and use shell companies and other tricks to avoid paying taxes. I have to say that the book has many lessons for people but this movie is the most accessible and the most helpful in explaining the issue. There are many more films like this but they are not as well presented and do not cover as much ground. This documentary will probably take some time to watch, but the lessons are well worth it.

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Louis

I'm a first generation American, and I have to say I'm rather surprised at the amount of ignorance, ignorance, ignorance in the American population. This documentary does a great job of exposing the extent to which American companies have become corrupt and untrustworthy. From the beginning, the film covers the companies' history, and the activities of their owners, as well as the huge amounts of money that have been made. The film then proceeds to show the many ways in which the companies have taken advantage of the American people. The most important example is the tobacco industry, which is now almost completely gone, although the influence of tobacco companies is still strong. The film also covers the scandal of the largest pharmaceutical company in the United States, which has been hiding the true effects of the drugs it is selling. The film ends with the most recent scandal, in which the pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly, has been charged with fraud, and the largest pharmaceutical company in the world, Pfizer, has been charged with a criminal act. This film is definitely worth seeing, and it will show you how corrupt the American people have become.

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Julia

When I heard about this documentary, I was a little skeptical because it sounded a little like a documentary about tax evasion, not the others I have watched that were made about the people who actually made the real money. But after watching it, I was amazed at the truthfulness of what the filmmakers say. The stories of the people who actually got rich from tax evasion are astounding, and the way they explain their actions is fascinating. I hope that more people will watch this documentary and learn about the "real" people behind the decisions to tax them, and if you do, I highly recommend it.

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Grace B.

I absolutely loved this film. At first glance it seemed like a simple expose of how corrupt politicians are, and it's always a no-brainer, but the film is far more. As the film unfolds, we see how an election could be tainted, and the way this corrupt election can influence the people's response to the actual election results. It was very entertaining, and I don't see how a non-narrator would enjoy this film. If you are interested in politics, it's a must-see.

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Deborah Davis

This is a very entertaining documentary on the banking scandals that occurred during the Clinton administration. I had never heard of this group before watching it, but the stories they tell are not what I expected. I think the big problem here was that this documentary focused on what happened with the Clinton administration, not the scandals. The previous two films about the scandals, "House of Cards" and "The Clinton Years" are great films and I recommend them. "House of Cards" focuses on the scandals, but this documentary focuses on the man behind it all, Peter Schweizer. At times the documentary seemed to be a bit too long and the story lines and details weren't as rich as they could have been. It was not enough to tell us everything about the issues, and it could have been better if there was a different person telling the story instead. Overall, I think this is a good documentary, it's really entertaining, and you don't have to be a student of politics to understand it.

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Amy E.

I have been following the Panama Papers for over a year now. I was surprised to see this film being made in 2016. I am an international tax lawyer. I have been looking for the "real" story behind the Panama Papers. This film was a good starting point. I also enjoyed the interviews with the people who were involved in the Panama Papers. It was interesting to hear how the stories were told and what they had to say. I would recommend this film to anyone interested in the Panama Papers. I would recommend this film to anyone who is interested in understanding the Panama Papers.

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Jeremy Medina

This documentary is the first documentary I've seen that discusses the American media. It is a bit of a mouthful, but it does a good job of telling the story. The documentary is a little long, but it is well worth watching. It is interesting to hear the people involved in the business talk about the politics behind the media. The story is not told in a straight forward way, but rather in a way that makes you think about the media. There is a lot of good information here, and the documentary is very well made.

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Lauren

This is a must see for everyone. It is a very timely documentary. The corruption and unethical practices of our federal and state politicians are exposed and crystal clear. It is extremely revealing. I think the audience will be greatly surprised. I am currently working on a book on the topic of federal and state corruption and I hope that it will be published. I hope that these guys will be sued for the harm they have caused the American people. I strongly believe that these guys should be arrested and prosecuted for their crimes. I am very disappointed that the Koch brothers and the rest of the money hungry people have not been arrested and prosecuted for their crimes against the American people. The information given in this documentary was very timely and I think it is very important to the American people.

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Douglas K.

The movie was good, but not as good as I thought it would be. I thought that the movie would have more depth and some interesting things to say about the media and how they manipulate people. I think that the movie should have been longer. The movie was so short, that I felt like it was just a few minutes. The movie was about as boring as it could have been. I would recommend this movie to someone who wants to learn about how the media works. I would also recommend that this movie be on TV so that people can watch it.