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DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | 90 MIN | 2012

ÉVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE

Morton Downey Jr. was a chain-smoking showman, extremist, and master of provocation with the smile of a movie star and the mouth of a sailor. He was a son of a crooner and a sonofabitch whose friends in high places did not make him nearly as famous as his friends in low. Evocateur pays tribute to Downey Jr.'s legacy by showing that, while his act may have been all fistfights and F-bombs, there were deeper layers to both Mort and his show. He had a calculated plan for a new entertainment, and his politics—whether staunch beliefs or make-believe—were the driving vehicle.

Providing just the right balance of behind-the-scenes access, historical context, archival footage from Mort's glory days, and interviews with those whose path he crossed (either directly or indirectly), Evocateur remains admirably objective and stays on course to deliver an inside look into the polarizing man who people loved and loved to hate… allowing Mort to entertain us one more time, for better or worse.
Film Information
Year: 2012
Length: 90 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger
Screenwriter: Daniel A. Miller
Producer: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger
Editor: Seth Kramer
Associate Producer: Graham Wright
Director of Photography: Ken Fuhr, Roger T. Grange, III, Seth Kramer, Richard Patterson, Chad Wilson, Ben Wolf
Production Designer: Jeremy Newberger
Executive Producer: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger
Animation Director: Murray John
Additional Animation: Stefan Nadelman
Music by: Marc Ribot
Additional Music by: Peter Rundquist
Distribution Advisor: Josh Braun
Primary Cast: Herman Cain, Pat Buchanan, Chris Elliott, Gloria Allred, Sally Jessy Raphael, Alan Dershowitz
Press Contacts
About the Director(s)
Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger are Ironbound Films, which crafts documentaries for theaters, television, and the web. Their film The New Recruits, narrated by Rainn Wilson, aired on PBS, and The Linguists premiered at Sundance before airing on PBS. Both were nominated for an Emmy.

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