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America Betrayed (2009)

Richard Dreyfuss , Michael Grunwalk , Leslie Carde  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Michael Grunwalk, John Barry
  • Directors: Leslie Carde
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,895 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "America Betrayed" on IMDb

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  • Interview with Director Leslie Carde
  • Bonus Scenes: "Whistleblowers." "Revolving Doors" and "Scratching Backs"
  • Resource Guide

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One of America's proudest achievements, our national infrastructure, is now its most dangerous embarrassment. Our bridges, dams, levees and highways are crumbling, toppling, being washed away, and putting us all at risk. How could the most powerful nation on the planet let this happen?

Narrated by Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss and featuring interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, noted scientists, whistleblowers who risked their lives to speak out, and politicians from both sides of the aisle (including Barack Obama and John McCain), this searing documentary exposes the rampant collusion, corruption and cronyism within the government agencies whose very purpose is to protect us - a cautionary tale for those who trust their government, and a wake-up call to Americans everywhere.


With AMERICA BETRAYED the government's secrets are out. --New York Daily News

AMERICA BETRAYED will give you a new view of your government. See it! --Fox News Radio

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I thought I'd heard all the bad news about the government mismanagement of Hurricane Katrina's impact on New Orleans in 2005. I was wrong.

This is a factual, well documented study of one of the two greatest engineering disasters of the last 100 years. (The other was the meltdown of the nuclear plant at Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union.)

Some basic points:

This was not a "natural" disaster. It was a direct result of billions of your tax dollars being used to pay for all sorts of idiotic projects to benefit private, politically connected interests while money for the levies to protect the people of New Orleans was neglected. Katrina was not even a Category 4 storm. It was a category 3 storm. The disaster that ensued was a direct result of public works projects that destroyed the wetlands protecting the city and even built a huge ship canal (that did not work properly) which would channel the full force of the storm into the city.

Warning. If you live near levies, you should get this film and check out the resources listed. You could be in danger too. Other levies around the country have also been neglected.

Spending on infrastructure to protect people in our nation has been neglected for years while public money has gone to help gambling casinos and other forms of politically connected "development".

Educate yourself. Become an active citizen. This film shows your life and property could very well be in danger.

If this sounds extreme, watch this film. Don't take my word for it. Make up your own mind. This is very disturbing material.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared to pull your hair out July 2, 2009
If you're looking for a movie to really get your blood boiling, search no further than "America Betrayed," a shocking and revelatory documentary that examines the deplorable condition that much of our nation's infrastructure is in at the moment.

Writer/director Leslie Carde finds her villain in the US Army Corps of Engineers, an agency whose primary aim is supposed to be that of protecting the nation's citizenry from potential disasters caused by the structural failure of dams, bridges, levees, buildings etc. Instead, the Corps, in cahoots with the many politicians and congressmen who work right along with it, has been found, over and over again, to be derelict in its duties - guilty of negligence, of employing harmful cost-cutting measures, of having misplaced priorities, of engaging in outright deception, and of brokering sweetheart deals with pet contractors. The movie is unsparing in its treatment of the Corps, and Carde clearly views it as her own personal mission to hold that organization accountable for the many acts of criminal malfeasance it has engaged in over the years. I think it speaks volumes that no member of the Corps was willing to be interviewed for this film.

The movie chooses as its focal point the catastrophic failure of the levees in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, which resulted in the almost complete annihilation of one of America`s premier cities. Interviewee after interviewee refers to Katrina not as a "natural" disaster but as a man-made one. And given the facts as Carde lays them out for us, the film makes a very convincing case for that argument.

The scenes set in New Orleans - both during the hurricane and in the wake of its aftermath - are heartbreaking in the extreme. But it isn't just in New Orleans that the problem lies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America Betrayed - First Run Features November 18, 2009
Hurricane Katrina was a tragedy in every possible sense and meaning of the word that you can imagine. Perhaps the biggest of it all, was the total failure of the United States of America's government to prevent the catastrophe and provide relieve afterwards. This is something that we don't expect from what we are taught is the most powerful country in the world. As a result, many articles and books have been written and films made that document this failure in its entire splendor. The powerful and unforgettable "America Betrayed" takes a well-researched and penetrating look at some of the factors that lead us to such a shameful disaster.

Right at the beginning of the documentary, we are told that the devastation created by Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005, was not the result of a natural disaster. We learn that it was actually a man-made disaster, in which 80% of the city was sadly flooded - a hell that could had been prevented. Director Leslie Cardé remarkably documents how this failure was the result of the relationship that the US Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) incompetent management and the greedy corporate sector - via profitable contracts - has. The USACE is the agency that is in charge of planning and designing of bridges, dams, levees, and similar structures that serve the nation. Cardé interviews several agency and government officials, academicians, etc., and provides evidence after evidence of how the USACE builds relationships with corrupt politicians and hires contractors with shadowy reputations, which unashamedly overbill their employers, hence the taxpayers money.
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Published 11 days ago by allen brown
5.0 out of 5 stars the roads suck, but not just because the gas tax is ...
This is only a part of the story. Research! Don't believe anyone..Yes, the roads suck, but not just because the gas tax is not high enough. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Documentary Betrayed
This 2008 documentary ostensibly describes the decaying infrastructure in America, but is mostly focused on the Katrina disaster of 2005. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Everyone's_a_critic
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Loved the movie.
Published 3 months ago by Gary Lessard
5.0 out of 5 stars Corrupt American government
This is one more example of how our corrupt government lies to us and spends our money to line the pockets of politicians.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars well
Makes sense. Gov't contracts, intertwinings. A little upset at myself that I am only seeing this now. I feel that people should watch this and think for themselves.
Published 5 months ago by Jon Siebert
4.0 out of 5 stars Exposes military waste again and again.
Shows how military contractors and military in general is a waste of our time and money. THanks for exposing this treachery to the citizens that are taxed to death so that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by joseph trenton
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning Alert for all Americans
This is definitely required viewing... or should be, for every American. For every potential immigrant coming into this country, this should be required viewing. Read more
Published 10 months ago by BrendaMarie
5.0 out of 5 stars Serves its purpose - to give us a wakeup call about infrastructure
This is a professionally crafted documentary on neglect of some national infrastructure and how that costs more in the long run. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Citizen John
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute power corrupts absolutely!
If you think corruption and the incestuous ties between politics and business is bad in America, wait till you see worse outside America! Read more
Published on March 6, 2010 by Sexy Bachelor
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