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American Dream Academy Award Winner! 

By Andrew Wright

Director Barbara Kopple's Oscar-winning rendering of a crippling strike at a Minnesota meat-packing plant may look dated, but the underlying theme of individuals crushed by big business remains all too timely. Using a briskly engrossing combination of first-person interviews, news broadcasts, and fly-on-the-wall encounters, Kopple creates an indelible document of a community's dissolution at the hands of larger forces. (The film is clearly on the side of the workers, but at the same time it refuses to ignore the petty infighting that eventually helped contribute to their ruin.) An alternately depressing, uplifting, and often profanely funny film that, at times, echoes Michael Moore's Roger and Me , but without that movie's distancing smarm. A movie's title has never seemed quite so bitterly apt. The director, who had previously won an Oscar for the equally arresting Harlan County USA, would later go on to document yet another traumatic event with Woody Allen's Wild Man Blues.

Academy Awards

American Dream received an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Documentary Features (Barbara Koppel - Producer, Arthur Cohn - Producer).


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Director: Barbara Kopple

Stars: Jesse Jackson, Ray Rogers,

Released: September 29, 1989

Availability: DVD VHS

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