The Corporation (2004)

Corporation
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 2hr 25mins.
Genres Adaptation, Documentary
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Joel Bakan Source Material (from book:"The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power") 120786 4000004
Mark Achbar Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Joel Bakan Screenplay n/a 120778 4000003
Mark Achbar Writer (narration) 120782 4000002
Harold Crooks Writer (narration) 120782 4000001
Rolf Cutts Cinematographer n/a 402 6000002
Jeff Koffman Cinematographer n/a 402 6000003
Velcrow Ripper Sound Designer n/a 120915 14000001
Leonard Paul Composer n/a 120836 8000001
Jennifer Abbott Editor n/a 172 7000001
Kirk Tougas Cinematographer n/a 402 6000004
Dawn Brett Associate Producer n/a 171 3000007
Joel Bakan Associate Producer n/a 171 3000006
Chris Barrett Actor Interviewee 1 1000005
Mark Achbar Director n/a 2 2000001
Mikela J Mikael Actor Narrator 1 1000004
Michael Moore Actor Interviewee 1 1000003
Milton Friedman Actor Interviewee 1 1000002
Jennifer Abbott Director n/a 2 2000002
Mark Achbar Producer n/a 3 3000001
Tom Shandel Co-Producer n/a 170 3000005
Nathan Neumer Co-Producer n/a 170 3000004
Cari Green Co-Producer n/a 170 3000003
Bart Simpson Producer n/a 3 3000002
Noam Chomsky Actor Interviewee 1 1000001
Synopsis
One hundred and fifty years ago, the corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, the corporation is today's dominant institution. But history humbles dominant institutions. All have been crushed, belittled or absorbed into some new order. The corporation is unlikely to be the first institution to defy history. Based on Joel Bakan's soon-to-be-published book, "The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power," this documentary is a timely, critical inquiry that examines the very nature of the corporation-its inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. We begin by learning that under the law, corporations have all the rights and yet few of the responsibilities of people. By viewing the behavior of the corporation through the prism of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (or DSM III, the gold standard of psychiatric evaluation) the filmmakers discover that if the corporation were indeed a person, the person would be considered a psychopath. Featuring candid interviews with CEOs, whistle-blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and pundits, the chronicle charts the spectacular rise of an institution aimed at achieving specific economic goals as it also recounts victories against this seemingly invincible force. Once you see it, you may find yourself thinking twice about what you eat, what you wear, what you watch and what you read.