An Unreasonable Man


2h 2m 2006

Brief Synopsis

In 1966, General Motors, the most powerful corporation in the world, sent private investigators to dig up dirt on Ralph Nader, an obscure thirty-two-year-old public interest lawyer, who had written a book critical of one of their cars, the Corvair. The scandal that ensued, after the smear campaign w

Film Details

Also Known As
Unreasonable Man
MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Documentary
Political
Religion
Release Date
2006
Distribution Company
First Take (IFC)

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 2m

Synopsis

In 1966, General Motors, the most powerful corporation in the world, sent private investigators to dig up dirt on Ralph Nader, an obscure thirty-two-year-old public interest lawyer, who had written a book critical of one of their cars, the Corvair. The scandal that ensued, after the smear campaign was revealed, launched Ralph Nader into national prominence and established him as the leader of the modern 'Consumer Movement'. Over the next thirty years and without ever holding public office, Nader built a legislative record that rivals any contemporary president. Many things we take for granted including seat belts, airbags, product labeling, no nukes, even the free ticket you get after being bumped from an overbooked flight are largely due to the efforts of Ralph Nader and his citizen groups. Yet today, when most people hear his name, they think of the man who cost the Democrats the Presidential election. After sustaining his popularity and effectiveness over an unprecedented amount of time, he now has become a pariah even among former friends and allies.

Film Details

Also Known As
Unreasonable Man
MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Documentary
Political
Religion
Release Date
2006
Distribution Company
First Take (IFC)

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 2m

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival April 28-May 7, 2006.)

Released in United States January 2006 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Independent Documentary Competition) January 19-29, 2006.)

Released in United States January 2007 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (Awards Buzz - Best Documentary Feature) January 4-15, 2007.)

Limited Release in United States January 31, 2007

Released in United States Winter January 31, 2007 (NY)

Limited Release in United States January 31, 2007

Released in United States 2006

Released in United States February 9, 2007

Released in United States January 2006

Released in United States January 2007

Released in United States on Video June 12, 2007

Released in United States Winter January 31, 2007

Shown at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival April 28-May 7, 2006.

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (Awards Buzz - Best Documentary Feature) January 4-15, 2007.

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Independent Documentary Competition) January 19-29, 2006.

Winner of the John Schlesinger Award, 2007 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Released in United States February 9, 2007 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video June 12, 2007