Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 3, 2013
- Originally Released: 2012
- Label: Magnolia Home Ent
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Memorable moments
- Behind the animation
- An evening with Kellie Everts
- Commentary with directors Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Directed by||Jeremy Newberger, Seth Kramer & Daniel A. Miller|
|Composition by||Peter Rundquist|
|Subject:||Morton Downey, Jr.|
This fascinating show-business documentary brings its subject to life, warts and all, in a way that would no doubt have thoroughly pleased him.
Rating: B -- This documentary probably raises more questions than it answers, but it does give a fair portrait of a very interesting character. Full Review
Laramie Movie Scope
Rating: 4/5 -- Without taking his side, "Evocateur" makes us feel genuinely terrible for him. Full Review
Rating: 7/10 -- The film argues that Downey's story is at once banal and outrageous, predictable and (sometimes) surprising. Full Review
Crammed with clips, context and cheeky animation, this pull-no-punches portrait shocks and amuses with equal frequency.
New York Times
Evocateur offers so much more, some of it compelling, some of it disturbing and some of it revelatory Full Review
Rating: A- -- This sharp documentary tribute to Downey's bug-eyed, fulminating charisma - he was like a Nixon who'd let out his id - reveals the demons that drove him to fame, then dragged him down.
Long before hot-headed guests were trading blows on THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW, Morton Downey Jr. was transforming daytime television into a smoke-blowing spectacle of rage. With his bulging eyes and a lit cigarette clenched firmly between steel-trap teeth, he took no prisoners while barking vicious insults at his guests and audiences alike. It was the 1980s, and television viewers were transfixed by the man who had no fear, and no apparent filter. But then, as quickly as Downey Jr. had appeared out of nowhere to lower the standards for civil discourse, he was gone. In this documentary, Emmy-nominated filmmakers Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger chart the motor-mouthed trash TV host's dizzying rise to fame, as well as his thunderous fall from the spotlight through interviews with Chris Elliot, Herman Cain, Sally Jessy Raphael, Pat Buchanan, Richard Bey, and Gloria Allred.
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