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Frontline: Black Money
Frontline Black Money
Actor: Lowell Bergman
Director: Lowell Bergman;Oriana Zill de Granados
Genres: Television, Documentary
NR     2009     1hr 0min

FRONTLINE examines the shadowy world of international bribery, revealing how multi-national companies create slush funds, set up front companies, and make secret payments, all to get billions in business. These practices a...  more »

     
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Actor: Lowell Bergman
Director: Lowell Bergman;Oriana Zill de Granados
Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Politics
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/16/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Reveals the results of investigative correspondent Lowell Be
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 08/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Originally aired as a 'Frontline' television show special, "Black Money" reveals the results of investigative correspondent Lowell Bergman's examination of international bribery on the part of American corporations as a means of doing business in foreign lands. This practice amounts to illicit expenditures amounting to billions of dollars and is illegal under United States law. That's why there is a crackdown being mounted by prosecutors at the U.S. Department of Justice and its allies in foreign governments where such corporate behavior is being perpetrated. This 60-minute, full color, informed and informative DVD is highly recommended viewing and an important addition to school and community library collections."
Another must see Frontline episode.
GreatMovieCriticForever | 08/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"All these episodes from Frontline are required viewing although as always there are specific episodes that always seem to stand out. The corporate media rarely if ever touches upon the subject of International Bribery or as it's labeled here Black Money. I was looking forward to watching this. I wasn't disappointed with what the people of Frontline were able to put together.

This a full, fact based look at international bribery from US to UK to Saudi Arabia. You get a whole main course on corruption involving not just these countries but neighboring countries as well.

Bribery of course is nothing new, but Frontline really does its job of getting all evidence to show how it's done. You won't look at the UK the same again.

The US has a long record of corruption and bribery but so do other countries. Specifically here the episodes shows how the UK was involved in a shady deal with Saudi Arabia to get firearms and create jobs.

They also show you how Saudi Arabia (the same place where the 911 hijackers came from)using a few idle threats got the UK and US to back down (or go along with them)to back down with their investigations on black money.

A lot of people will easily shrug this off. However, it's totally naive to assume that bribery doesn't exist in this world and people and things aren't bought off.

You also see how Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher were also involved in bribery. Draw your own conclusions.


I really enjoyed this episode. It was to say the least very informative.

On the sad side, it's also unsettling how all of these countries engage in these activities while professing to fight for truth, justice and fairness in a world dominated by bribery, corruption and money.

Like I said, just watch it, draw your conclusions. For me, I wasn't surprised by anything they uncovered."
Ugh...Gotta Love This
Michael A. Saxton | USA | 06/30/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'll warn you that you may be clenching your fists the entire time that you're watching this. The fact that international business is so dependent on bribery and other such underhanded schemes is actually really scary, but not all that surprising. A lot of dirty laundry is aired in this documentary. Obviously it isn't a super long video so it is more of an overview as most PBS documentaries are but it's worthwhile.

Mike Saxton, Author of "7 Scorpions: Rebellion""