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  • Actors: Juan Accidentes Dominguez
  • Directors: Fredrik Gertten
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Z6YMFK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,482 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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BANANAS!* is a suspenseful courtroom drama that examines the intricacies and injustices of the global politics of food. Focusing on a landmark and highly controversial legal case pitting a dozen Nicaraguan banana plantation workers against Dole Food Corporation, BANANAS!* uncovers the alleged usage of a banned pesticide and its probable link to generations of sterilized workers. Central to both the film and case is Juan Accidentes Dominguez, a Los Angeles-based personal injury attorney who, although iconic within the Latino community for his ubiquitous billboard ads, is unquestionably facing the biggest case and challenge of his career. At stake in the classic David vs. Goliath story are the futures of generations of workers and their families, as well as the culture of global, multinational business. If successful, the case could rock the economic foundations of Dole and would open the US courts to other global victims, representing a new day in international justice.

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As gripping as any fictional courtroom drama. --The Independent

Offers a front-row seat to a landmark Erin Brockovich-style trial...an incredibly polished film. --Variety

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mahendra Ramsinghani on September 29, 2011
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This is an amazing story, exceptionally well made documentary on how Dole, the big banana company has systematically used banned pesticides and knowingly hurt the farmers in Latin America. Pesticides that were banned in 1970s, despite being recalled by Dow Chemical Company were used extensively by Dole. Dole knew about the problems all along and when Dow Chemical Company recalled the products in late 1970s, Dole did not stop using these products, but in fact BOUGHT THE ENTIRE INVENTORY !!!! They even indemnified Dow from any liabilities - which shows they knew about this problem but still continued to use it across the board. Result: The farmers suffered with sterility and cannot bear children !

The documentary shows the tactics played by Dole to stall legal actions taken by poor farmers - final blow was when they sued the director of this movie to stop this from being released. Shameful !

Watch how a big "banana" ugly corporation does everything it can, use every cent of its might to fight this message but does not use one iota of humanity to stop spraying pesticides which hurt the farmers.

My family and I have stopped eating any Dole products and will never do so for the rest of our lives!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rodolfo Cardona on October 4, 2012
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This film is thoroughly researched and presented the true lives and circumstances of Banana workers in third world countries such as Nicaragua, Honduras, Ecuador, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Philippines and Africa. There are an estimated 65,000 workers affected with the below noted cancers around the world due to pesticides used in Banana Plantations. The film chronicles the lives of Banana workers and the intentional exposure to pesticides by the Big Boys of Dole Foods. Pesticides that had been banned in the United Stats for many years because of its known and proven lingering effects of testicular cancer in men and many forms of uterus cancer in women and birth defects to children of Banana workers. These pesticides were sprayed at will on the Banana plantations where workers lived as well as the only water available to the workers to bath and cook. A perfect lesson for students of international relations, history and labor movements around the world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fisheryc on December 29, 2013
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Dole is exposed in just another incident of its continued disregard for worker health and well being. Dole CEO admits to using insecticides banned in the US, for 3 years more, in direct contact with its banana workers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By singer on April 8, 2014
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The only thing more interesting than Dole's efforts to get out of admitting wrong doing and paying damages to their workers is the fight they waged, not just against the lawyer, but the Swedish film maker, the festival in which it was to be shown, journalists who wanted to report on the case. They attacked the producer of the film and it got so bad that the Swedish government had to get involved over the censorship of the documentary "Bananas" and the harassment of the film maker and anyone connected to it. To find out how Dole tried to censor this film watch "Big Boys Gone Bananas".

I can't even swallow a banana after knowledge of Dole's actions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CHUI on December 10, 2013
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This movie should be seen by every human on the planet! It is not only informative ,it is necessary to know & truly understand that the US government cares about no one other than themselves & have been using others as well as US citizens for guinea pigs for a very long time!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Virginia L Thompson on November 23, 2012
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This is one movie will make you mad! Where is corporate responsibility? How long should it last? How do they continue to dodge accountability? I have no respect for Dow Chemicals nor Dole after watching this movie! I realize there are always two sides to a story, but nothing Dole could say now except accepting responsibility and making life easier for its workers could make me support Dole now or in the future!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jared Quandt on March 22, 2014
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This is a movie that everyone should watch. It gives insight into the economic and political power of the multinationals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. C. on September 11, 2013
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This documentary video gives an interesting expose of what the multi-national corporations do to poor working people through-out the world!
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