The Corporation

Release Date: June 4, 2004
Limited release

A young Mr. Burns looks over his empire with some friends.

On the Big Board
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22/55 Reagen Sulewski Relies maybe a bit too much on its psychoanalysis 'hook' but makes for a great call to action against international corporate greed.

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This documentary explores the evolution of those entities known as corporations. Over 150 years ago, people were relatively unaffected by business corporations. In the 21st century, they're an invasive and dramatic force to be reckoned with in every person's life, much like the Church, the Monarchy, and the Communist Party have been in other eras.


History has shown that such dominant institutions are all eventually destroyed, turned insignificant, or absorbed into some new overriding order. This documentary makes the contention that the corporation is unlikely to avoid such a fate. Based on the non-fiction book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, the film engages CEOs, brokers, pundits, spies, whistle-blowers and others in an examination of a company called 4corporation.

The approach The Corporation takes is to compare the institution to a person, exploring the psychological ramifications of what occurs when various actions are taken. What the movie shows is that a person who exhibits the behaviors of a corporation would be considered a conscience-free psychopath. It goes from there to look at the extreme threat such a "psychopath" could have for the entire world. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Corporation
Supporting Cast Noam Chomsky, Milton Friedman, Howard Zinn
Director Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott
Screenwriter Joel Bakan
Distributor Zeitgeist Pictures
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site
Running Time 145 minutes
Screen Count 2
  • Audience Award - World Cinema Best Documentary, Sundance
  • People's Choice Award (3rd Place), Toronto International Film Festival

Awards page for The Corporation
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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