Jimmy Carter Man From Plains 2007 PG CC

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President Jimmy Carter ignites a firestorm of controversy when he tours the country to promote "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," a new book that questions Israel's policies towards the Occupied Territories. Directed by Academy Award(r)-winner Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs Best Director, 1991; Philadelphia, 1993).

Starring:
Wolf Blitzer, Jimmy Carter
Runtime:
2 hours 6 minutes

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Jimmy Carter Man From Plains

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Genres Documentary
Director Jonathan Demme
Starring Wolf Blitzer, Jimmy Carter
Supporting actors Rosalynn Carter, Elizabeth Hayes, Terry Gross, Carolyn Cole, Josh Getlin, Jane Ammeson, David Rosenthal, Carolyn Reidy, Charlie Rose, Diane Rehm, Wolf Blitzer, Laura Ertmer, Remington Byer, Reda Mansour, Robbie Brown, Elisa Shokoff, Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Doginfollow on March 25, 2010
Format: DVD
Jimmy Carter is an impressive man. He has set the standard for a productive post-presidency, and the time is ripe for a reassessment of the difficult but often wise decisions he made in office.

Unfortunately, this Jonathan Demme film focuses almost entirely on Carter's 2006 tour promoting his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" and the uproar it spurred. Carter comes across as courageous, principled and (usually) very patient in the face of the same questions asked over and over again by modestly informed interviewers. The controversy offers plenty of insight into Carter's character and beliefs, but it's only one aspect of his career.

Demme fills a lot of space with scenes of Carter getting on and off planes, riding in cars, carrying his suitcase, getting makeup applied for interviews, etc. Comparatively little use is made of archival footage, except for a brief but engaging segment on the Camp David negotiations. I would have liked less of the former and more of the latter. As much as I thought I would enjoy this film, I found myself getting bored after the first hour as it kept going over the same ground, instead of giving us a full portrait of the "Man From Plains".
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Michael Elkins VINE VOICE on March 27, 2008
Format: DVD
Anyone who had access to television news in 2006 will remember the storm of controversy following the publication of former President Jimmy Carter's book, "Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid." This film recalls those days in great detail and reminds us that many of the book's critics had not even bothered to read it before denouncing it.

I predict that many of the same critics of that book and Carter's even-handed position on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict will return to denounce Jonathan Demme's film without ever bothering to see it. They will continue to assert that Israel is completely innocent of creating anything that could be considered an apartheid situation. Their hope is that people will ignore Carter's simple request that everyone take the time to look at the facts on the ground before automatically taking the Israeli side in this long-standing dispute. Anyone who does so can at least then agree that the walls constructed by Israel encroach in many places onto long-held Palestinian lands.

Carter points out in several instances in the film that Israel certainly has the right to defend itself and its borders against terrorist attacks; his objection is to the locations where the walls have been built and the manner in which they have been used to house the Palestinians as virtual prisoners. It is much easier for the critics to simply assume that Carter is anti-Israeli. I submit that any honest viewer of the film cannot maintain such an opinion of him.

Even those who might disagree with Carter's positions would have to be amazed at the sheer level of energy shown in the film on the part of this eighty-three year old man who seems willing to speak anytime, anywhere in defense of his views.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By P. Video on February 25, 2008
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Having read a lot on Jimmy Carter, including books by people who helped create Delta Force and their interactions with President Carter and why they have always voted republican their entire life except for Jimmy Carter due to his selfless action of taking 100% credit for the failed Iranian mission. A time when everyone in the operation was ashamed and saddened for having let Carter down when he gave them full operational and strategic control. Carter refused to let any of his generals or special ops take the fall and insisted on 100% blame and was a major factor that cost him his presidency.

He was and still is a great man, following him through his tour of the US was interesting, I am still amazed that such a great and moral person who actually cares for people and isn't blinded by race or religion ever got elected.

I actually felt a bit saddened watching a man freak out on Carter, love him or hate him you can't help but respect him and all that he has accomplished, and for the record, I have been a life long republican myself, minus my first vote for Mr. Carter when he was defeated by Regan.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Davis on March 31, 2008
Format: DVD
This is a great film and like the book that ignited the debate, almost all of the people on here condemning it have clearly not seen it. Jimmy Carter is the only president who has made real preogress in bringing peace to Israel and Palestine and yet all of a sudden he is labeled as this racist because he dares to call a spade a spade. If you read the book you will quickly see that although not a Zionist, Carter is FAR from being anti-semetic. There isn't a US leader out there with more friends in Israel or who has spent as much time and energy there. And it is truly horrific to see these insults being unfairly hurled at such a man of peace.

It is fascinating to watch the events unfold throughout his tour to promote his book- Palestine, Peace Not Apartheid. Let's face it- if he hadn't dared to use that word in the title noone would have read it. To say that there are no commonalities between Israeli policy toward the Palestinians and Apartheid in South Africa is ridiculous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on July 21, 2012
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"Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains" is not a biography of the 39th President of the United States; nor is it a chronicle of his time as President, or even of his work with Habitat for Humanities, though both are touched upon in the course of the film. Rather it is a documentary account of a national book tour Carter conducted in late 2006 to promote his controversial and provocatively entitled tome, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid." Carter basically gives two reasons why he felt compelled to write the book: 1) the fact that there had been no peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians in the then- five or six years of the Bush administration, and 2) what he sees as the unfair treatment of the Palestinians who live in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Anyone daring (or foolish) enough to venture into this minefield of a topic risks detonating intense passions on both sides of the conflict, but Carter's history and reputation as a peacemaker between the two aggrieved parties would appear to give him some cover on the issue. Well, not exactly, for we see many, mostly pro-Israeli groups and individuals, protesting and challenging him as he travels around the country providing interviews on this hyper-sensitive subject.

As a movie, "Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains" is no more than serviceable, even though it comes with an impressive pedigree, namely Jonathan Demme for a director. It is obviously sympathetic to Carter's position and it nicely illustrates the basic decency and humanity of a man who has hit the pinnacle of power yet still manages to remain true to the small town values of humility and service on which he was raised. But it's also unimaginative and redundant, and probably isn't going to do much to assuage the concerns of those who hold opposing views to his.

It's worth seeing for its historical significance though.
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