Hot Coffee (2010)

Hot Coffee
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 26mins.
Genres Documentary, Historical, Legal
Keywords court, historical, legal, political
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Martina Radwan Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Cindy Lee Editor n/a 172 7000001
Michael Mollura Music n/a 120781 8000001
Betsy Rate Associate Producer n/a 171 3000007
Sara Bernstein Supervising Producer (HBO) 1275 3000006
Rebecca Saladoff Co-Producer n/a 170 3000005
Erin Crumpacker Associate Producer n/a 171 3000006
William Britt Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Bayard Carey Sound n/a 120816 14000002
Matt Sheldon Sound n/a 120816 14000007
Winter Sichelschmidt Sound n/a 120816 14000008
Michael J. Walls Sound n/a 120816 14000009
Lorenzo Millan Sound n/a 120816 14000006
Wil Masisak Sound n/a 120816 14000005
Tyler Cartner Sound n/a 120816 14000003
John Paul Golaski Sound n/a 120816 14000004
Sheila Nevins Executive Producer (HBO) 174 3000004
Susan Saladoff Producer n/a 3 3000003
Lisa Gourley Actor Herself 1 1000006
Mike Gourley Actor Himself 1 1000007
Oliver Diaz Actor Himself 1 1000008
Nancy Tiano Actor Herself 1 1000005
Stella Liebeck Actor Herself 1 1000004
John Grisham Actor Himself 1 1000002
Joanne Doroshow Actor Herself 1 1000003
Jamie Leigh Jones Actor Herself 1 1000009
Joan Claybrook Actor Himself 1 1000010
Susan Saladoff Director n/a 2 2000001
Carly Hugo Producer n/a 3 3000001
Alan Oxman Producer n/a 3 3000002
Wayne Slater Actor Himself 1 1000014
Colin Gourley Actor Himself 1 1000013
Stephanie Mencimer Actor Herself 1 1000011
Victor Schwartz Actor Himself 1 1000012
Al Franken Actor Himself 1 1000001
Synopsis
The infamous 1994 McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit has been routinely cited as an example of how citizens have taken advantage of America's legal system. The public outrage over this perceived legal frivolity resulted in legal reform to favor big business. This larger legislative agenda, sold to the public as a means of protecting honest citizens, had been underway since the 1980s, and its success has masked an effort to close off the one forum where average citizens have a fighting chance at holding corporations accountable to the law. Here, we learn what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald's for over $2 million dollars. While exploring how and why the case garnered so much media attention, who funded the effort and to what end, it is revealed that many long-held beliefs about our civil justice system have been funded by the agenda of corporate America. Three more intriguing and misunderstood cases are explored.