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Unprecedented - 2000 Presidential Election
Unprecedented - 2000 Presidential Election
Actors: Peter Coyote, Ed Baker, James Baker III, Corrine Brown, Vincent Bugliosi
Directors: Joan Sekler, Richard Ray Perez
Genres: Documentary
UR     2003     0hr 50min

In the course of 47 provocative minutes, Unprecedented leaves little doubt that the 2000 presidential election was a mockery of justice. Focusing on rampant, court-sanctioned abuses of the democratic process in Florida, di...  more »


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Actors: Peter Coyote, Ed Baker, James Baker III, Corrine Brown, Vincent Bugliosi
Directors: Joan Sekler, Richard Ray Perez
Creators: Joan Sekler, Richard Ray Perez, Amy Sommer, Earl Katz, William Haugse
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: History, Politics
Studio: Sony
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/24/2003
Original Release Date: 09/17/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 09/17/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 0hr 50min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Finally The Truth About The 2000 Election
IndependentVoter | 05/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A fifty-minute documentary that shows in concise and dramatic fashion just how certain Republicans, from Jeb Bush to Katherine Harris to various operatives, rigged the Florida vote in the 2000 Presidential Election and how the Supreme Court voted to deny Americans a fair election. The interviews are extensive and shocking; the "accidental" computer purging of eligible Black and Democrat voters was criminal; and the scenes of Republican political operatives interfering with recount efforts make it clear that we don't currently have a functional democracy in the United States. If we are about to install "free and fair elections" in Iraq, why can't we have them here too? Let us hope that Americans will watch this video, that the mainstream media will begin to cover political and electoral misdeeds, and that we will take steps to ensure a free and fair election in 2004. A great companion piece to this video is Greg Palast's book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," the first chapter of which covers some of the same ground (Investigative reporter Palast is interviewed at length in "Unprecedented" and he uncovered much of the Republican mischief in Florida)."
Bias doesn't necessarily equal untrue
IndependentVoter | 11/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary did an exceptional job of investigating the Florida vote controversy.
To address other negative reviewers arguments:The documentary didn't try to link the felon list to black disenfranchisement alone. They offered the statistic that the majority of ex-felons vote for Democrats while also noting that 90% of all blacks vote for Democrats. Additionally, 50% of ex-felons in Florida are black. Add it all up, and Katharine Harris's masterful list of names would inevitably affect many more Democratic voters than Republican ones. It's as simple as that. She knew what she was doing. Purging of voter rolls is not new, but a statewide 15% error rate is absurb and wrong.
It WAS a concerted effort to block Democratic voters. One fact that wasn't mentioned in the documentary was that the election commissioner in one county had her name removed from the rolls because she was supposedly a felon!Harris was the CO-CHAIR of BUSH'S CAMPAIGN and she got to use her "discretion" to decide which votes to count! That fact alone is so absolutely outrageous (but true, regardless of your bias). There is no doubt that this isn't the first time an election was stolen, even at the presidential level. But it's still disconcerting to know that the man who lost the popular vote and, by voters' intent, lost the electoral college is president today. Even if you forget all the disenfranchisement controversy and just consider the thousands of votes Pat Buchanan got in the heavily Jewish/Democratic area with the infamous butterfly ballot, Gore would have won. Many voters mistakenly voted for Buchanan -- evident in personal testimonies and apparent in the extremely high number of votes Buchanan got in these Jewish communities. Buchanan is known for essentially saying the Holocaust didn't happen or something anti-Semitic like that (regardless of the details, even Buchanan himself stated after the election that those votes clearly weren't meant for him).Sure, you can say some things are "biased" in this, but Republicans are so guilty of trying to sway the public view with bias (like claiming that Democrats wanted to block the military overseas ballots, which is just not true -- they wanted to make sure that illegal overseas absentee ballots were not counted). Democrats could make the claim that Republicans wanted to block the black and Jewish vote, which they basically did, but not exactly so. It's more true than saying Democrats didn't want the military to vote, which is what James Baker stated in a press conference on Bush's behalf. Just a blatant lie.Lately Republicans try to equate "liberal bias" with something being false, when in fact it's their own bias that leads them to believe the truth is biased against them! I used to vote for Republicans more often than not, but now I have trouble seeing beyond the party affiliation. I admit I am a Jim Jeffords independent, but I admire moderate/independent-thinking Republicans such as John McCain, George Voinovich, and Arlen Specter, to name a few.Overall, the documentary is not necessarily exciting, but at times the evidence presented is infuriating and shocking, though all completely true. Definitely a must-see for anyone living and voting in America."
A Well-Investigated and Thought-Provoking Movie
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I just saw this movie and we had the opportunity to speak with the directors afterwards. It was a thoroughly investigated and informative look at the 2000 election. To counter comments made in a negative review--regarding the lack of Republican interviews--this question was asked of the directors this evening. Requests for interviews were sent to all key parties involved in the election, Republican and Democratic. All major Republican players declined their invitations. As well, many key Democratic officials declined to interview. The directors of this movie went to great lengths to show only those issues that were well-corroborated. There were many topics that they left out, such as rumors of police turning voters away, or stolen ballot-boxes, etc. because of lack of supporting evidence.I urge everyone to watch this movie, Republican, Democratic, or otherwise. This movie will force us all to take a long, hard look at the flawed election system in the US and ultimately, to think about what we need to do to fix it."
Extremely Informative
R. G. Pickering | Coral Springs, FL USA | 07/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this documentary in May and was totally surprised at the information they showed. I am a Floridian who thought I knew everything about what happened in this election, but I was totally mistaken! If I had understood all that had taken place behind the scenes, I would have been even more upset at what happened. Of course, NOW, with what Bush has and is doing, I'm already more upset than then. At the time, I thought Bush might be OK since he seemed to be a nice guy, even though I voted for Gore. Now I want to get the video to show to everyone in my neighborhood who would like to see it."