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Three years in the making, this cinéma-vérité feature from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. An inside look at the infamous $27 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" case, Crude is a real-life high stakes legal drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film subverts the conventions of advocacy filmmaking as it examines a complicated situation from all angles while bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus.


A forceful, often infuriating story about Big Oil and little people. --Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

A remarkable documentary... Gripping... Intrinsically cinematic...The most urgent film I've seen at Sundance this year. --Scott Foundas, LA Weekly

A fascinating and important story. Crude does an extraordinary job of merging journalism and art. --Christiane Amanpour, CNN Chief International Correspondent

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Joe Berlinger
Interview with Berlinger and Trudie Styler
Bonus Scenes
My Sundance Premiere
Photo Gallery
Short Film

Product Details

  • Actors: Pablo Fajardo, Luis Yanza, Steven Donziger
  • Directors: Joe Berlinger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002N7W3IA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,297 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crude" on IMDb

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. L LaRegina on March 31, 2010
Format: DVD
In the 2009 documentary CRUDE Steve Donziger, attorney for the people of Ecuador suing Chevron over dumping more than eighteen billion gallons of toxic waste into their rainforest, questions the chance of winning. While Mr. Donziger does not doubt Chevron is guilty, he wonders if the oil company's money and government connections are so great that justice is only for those who can afford it.

CRUDE places you in a ringside seat as the Ecuadorians and he make their case. Chevron officials and lawyers deny either causing the damage or its existence, reminding you of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN's Marty Feldman asking Gene Wilder, "What hump?"

It feels helpless watching Ecuadorian children die of cancer, but as CRUDE documents, grassroots organizing grows out of disease-causing hydrocarbons in the country's soil and water. The film ends with the litigation against Chevron far from over, but attracting the support of everyone from Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa to rainforest advocates Sting and Trudie Styler, the plaintiffs may have more than just faith and hope on their side. If nothing else, it beats going down without a fight.

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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. Wilson on January 23, 2010
Format: DVD
It's hard for me to know what to say about what I saw in this film. I'm deeply ashamed that our lifestyle could cause such suffering and destruction in other countries but the concept is not new to me because I know about what Shell has done in Nigeria. There is a great deal of heartbreak and much that causes shame in this movie. At the same time, It's uplifting to see Pablo Fajardo, a humble man from a fiscally poor but morally wealthy family, take on one of the most complicated cases in history in true David versus Goliath style.

The Ecuadorian people tell their own story in their own words from their homes and their forest. At first glimpse, you might think that these people are poor but before Texaco contaminated their world, they had everything they needed to live a simple life abundant with gifts from nature.

Texaco was fined $27 Billion for destroying this Ecuadorian Rain Forest but they have said they will never pay it.

The scientific expert working on this case says that this could never happen in the United States but he is dead wrong. As Elizabeth Burns said, it has happened and it continues to happen every day.

I live on top of the Barnett Shale in Wise County in North Texas. I have a blog, Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS, where I document industry abuses such as burying the waste pits or simply abandoning them. Like Elizabeth Burns, I have dozens of videos and hundreds of pictures. Come see for yourself.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Scheurich on March 2, 2010
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I am not amazed at all about Chevron-Toxico bold face lies. I worked at Chevron for 10 years from 1970 to 1980 as an environmental researcher in their labs. Their company representatives must spend days in front of a mirror practicing how to lie without blinking. The outside so-called independent labs which analyzed the water they dumped into the bay were actually owned by the oil companies and not independent as they claim. I traced one of the so-called independent labs through half a dozen counties and eventually found it was owned by Shell. BP oil also hides behind multiple subsidiaries. The EPA finally found the secret underground pipe which they illegally dumped their worse polluted water into the Bay around 1984 I believe. They monitor the Internet and will figure out who wrote this review. I only survived all these years by keeping my mouth shut. I think their philosophy is 'dead men tell no tale'. Another favorite philosophy is that cancer is caused by people's lifestyle which of course lets them off the hook when it comes to lawsuits. Chevron is one of the largest donors to the American Cancer society -- Another so-called unbiased agency. Not able to justify the high number of cases of cancer in non-smokers Chevron stooges pretending to be doctors blame it on second hand smoke. Of course crude is perfectly harmless.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Covert on June 23, 2010
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I consider myself a generally well-informed person, but I have to say that I had known little or nothing about the case of an American oil company being sued in South America for massive environmental pollution. When I heard the news, though, that the American oil company in question, Chevron, successfully lobbied a U.S. judge recently to turn over to the oil company 600 hours of footage from the making of this documentary, I knew I had to find out what it is that Chevron is trying to censor. I immediately bought this DVD on Amazon.

Having watched it a few times, I now understand. And so will you, if you should decide to do the same and purchase this excellent documentary.

Hats off to director Joe Berlinger and crew for following this case over a few years and putting together a testament to the truth that any oil company would be afraid to let see the light of day. "Crude" deserves all the awards and recognition that it has been getting, and more.

The story centers around the Texaco oil corporation and its drilling for oil in the pristine jungles of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador from the 1960s to the 1990s. Many of the native Ecuadoran people living there at the time Texaco first arrived had never seen a helicopter before, let alone known about the rich deposits of oil deep beneath their soil, but they learned quickly when they started seeing oil spills on their clear, clean rivers caused by the American oil company's drilling.

By the time Texaco was basically kicked out of Ecuador in the 1990s, the corporation had left behind in the Ecudoran forests hundreds of toxic waste pits, many of which were designed to drain polluted water into nearby rivers and streams.
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