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The Big Fix

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The Big Fix is the gutsy new movie from the filmmakers of the award winning Sundance documentary “Fuel,” directing/producing team Josh & Rebecca Tickell. An Official World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, The Big Fix is executive produced by Tim Robbins, Maggie Wachsberger and Peter Fonda. Associate producer Jason Mraz contributes a new song to the film.

Through interviews with scientists, government officials, journalists (including Rolling Stone’s Jeff Goodell who examined the Gulf spill in “The Poisoning”), attorneys (including New Orleans Toxic Tort attorney Stuart Smith) and Gulf States natives, The Big Fix recounts the events surrounding the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico and paints a disturbing picture of the aftermath.

“We’ve got shrimp with no eyes, fish with tumors & oil in their guts – this disaster is happening right now,” said Dean Blanchard, once the largest processor of brown shrimp in the US. Despite claims from the Louisiana Department of Fisheries and Wildlife that the fish are safe to eat, Blanchard’s liability insurance was recently cancelled. Toxicologists studying the fish from Louisiana are finding heightened levels of cancer-causing carcinogens, genetic mutations, and dermal lesions.

The Big Fix also explores the complicit behavior of the US government in the long-term use of the chemical dispersant, Corexit, a known hemolytic (blood thinner). In an unexpected twist of fate, Co-Director/Producer Rebecca Harrell Tickell became severely ill after being exposed to the oil and Corexit mixture while filming. Her health struggle is cataloged in the film.

The Big Fix reveals the powerful political and corporate system that put profits over the health and long-term sustainability of people and the environment. No matter what the petroleum and government officials say, the oil is still coming ashore, the seafood industry is wiped out, and many people of the locals are sick.


Fury, Up Close and Personal, at the Lingering Effects From the BP Oil Spill The Big Fix is an enraged exposé of the crimes of Big Oil, specifically BP, which has been accused of negligence and of taking shortcuts that helped lead to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig off the Louisiana coast in April 2010. The films conspiratorial viewpoint makes sense and is probably accurate. --The New York Times

The New York Daily News Documentary about last year s BP oil spill Do movies like The Big Fix make a difference in exposing hidden corruption and deceit? It would be nice to think so, for the duped and dismissed citizens of the Gulf Coast portrayed here could use as much help as they can get. Louisiana native Josh Tickell and his wife, Rebecca Harrell Tickell, chronicle the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, which has gone largely unreported. What they find is sadly unsurprising, but dismaying nonetheless: a political culture in which corporate needs come first and citizen safety is roundly ignored. They present so much damning evidence that their case is one hopes impossible to ignore. --The New York Daily News

The films scope is staggering, including its detailed outlining of BP s origins and fingerprints across decades of unrest in Iran. By doing smart, covert reporting that shames our news media, by interviewing uncensored journalists, by speaking with locals whose health has been destroyed, and by interviewing scientists who haven t been bought by BP (many have, as the film illustrates), Fix stretches into a mandatory-viewing critique of widespread government corruption, with one of the film s talking heads remarking, I don t have any long-term hope for us [as a country] unless we find a way to control campaign financing. --LA Weekly

Special Features

Special Interview with Jason Mraz
Deleted Scenes
Directors Commentary

Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Fonda, Rebecca Harrell Tickell, Amy Smart, Joshua Tickell, Jean-Michel Cousteau
  • Directors: Rebecca Harrell Tickell, Olivier Aknin
  • Writers: Johnny O'Hara
  • Producers: Peter Fonda, Jason Mraz, Jennifer Cusentino, Tim Robbins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Green Planet Productions
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007VX030G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Big Fix" on IMDb

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sean Keenan on June 19, 2012
Format: DVD
This documentary exposes the corruption that allowed BP to get away with the worst oil disaster in the history of the US. It investigates the use of extremely toxic dispersants to effectively hide the oil. It exposes the betrayal of specialists, scientists and technocrats who have sought to cover up the multi-generation damage this event has caused to the ecology of the 9th largest body of water on Earth. It exposes the fact that our governments, both state and federal, are totally corrupted by a trans-national corporate oligarchy. This documentary pulls no punches with interviews from Gulf residents, Chris Hedges, Bernie Sanders, Greg Palast, Rikki Ott, David C. Korten and many others. Somehow this doc tells the story of the history of BP starting in Iran, the story of oil in Louisiana and the career of Gov. Huey Long, investigative reporting in the gulf and interviews from the gulf to Washington DC in an attempt to understand how this disaster could be allowed to happen. At the screening I was in, one of the audience members actually had a panic attack. To quote journalist Chris Hedges, "If you continue to believe in the fiction of the democratic system, then you're wasting your time."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sanberg on September 10, 2013
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Once again we see strong, compelling evidence that we do not live in a democracy. An oligarchy? A plutocracy? Now that's more like it.

Here's the scoop. Josh Tickell is a Louisiana native turned film maker. When the Deepwater Horizon explosion occurred in the Gulf of Mexico he took his wife, hired a camera crew and headed down to see what was happening. What he found was corruption, lies, media coverup and any number of politicians willing to sell us and our environment down the river. This will scare the pants off you.

I almost couldn't finish this because the more I watched, the angrier I got. This is unconscionable. They start with B.P.'s history in the middle east and how they recruited the U.S. to help destabilize Iran which eventually lead to many of the problems we experience there today. Then it delves into their track record for being the most unsafe of all the big oil companies. Then, of course, to the incident itself. The thwarting of safety inspectors, and loosening of safety regulations to drill, drill, drill. Then came their inability to cap the well. (It's still leaking to this day). And the entirely unsafe methods used to make the oil look as though it is no longer there. This involved (involves. They're still using it) the use of a chemical to break up the oil. It's harmful to everyone. Even Tickell's wife suffered illness due to it. Then it shows Louisiana, not as a state, but an oil colony. B.P. buys the elections and sends swarms of lobbyists to both the state capitol as well as Washington D.C. where they do everything possible to quash any environmentally sound energy bill. They even show President Obama caving to the pressure. This will all explode and we may never recover. I have huge reservations about the Gulf itself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harrison on December 6, 2014
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This film uncovers a shocking truth that most of the world and I were previously completely oblivious to, the fact that the higher-ups at BP and influential people of our government and academia (who accepted money from BP) handled this incident in a way that cost them the least money and appeared to visibly clean up the most, but was in reality the worst decision possible, worse than doing nothing. BP willingly put many humans in harms way as well as compromised entire ecosystems by using a chemical dispersant to hide as much oil as possible from sight without actually solving the problem at all. BP and those from government and academia in their wallet are clearly about as corrupt as you could imagine. This documentary also enables the viewer to realize a much more profound reality about how the world works which transcends the BP accident.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hugh parker on April 5, 2014
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Some petroleum geologists and engineers are estimating the reserves in the Gulf to be equal to or greater than the Middle East combined. Others are more conservative. I have no trouble with drilling and exploration; my family's been in it for 75+ years. The problem, as this documentary occasionally points out, is trying to cut corners to save money when the payoff is already going to be unreal. You're asking for a disaster if you do that with surface drilling. If you do that offshore, where the pipe string is 5000 feet deep before it starts drilling, and in a super high pressure oil basin like the Gulf, you're looking for an on-going disaster that humans will not be able to stop. I might be for offshore drilling in the Gulf, if and only if MIT, Cal Tech and the others develop and supervise every aspect of it. That will take years, and I doubt BP, Exxon and the others will wait.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. T. Rye on October 3, 2014
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A very well done documentary. Most of the claims stayed away from biased opinion (although every documentary has an agenda), but rather used some kind of evidence to direct each of the conclusions. Makes a lot of good points about what quite likely really happened and how big the cover up was / is.
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Good documentary that discusses how business as usual has been conducted in a socio political fashion with the focus on the Oil industry, personal health and the environment.

The Oil industry is not the only industry that is corrupt. But it is something that needs to be discussed and addressed. A more in depth discussion of this issue can be found in the book, Crude World, The Violent Twilight of Oil by Peter Maas.

It pains me to think about these problems but it is just one of many industries that we love to hate. We depend upon oil. I liken the Oil to the cup that the world drinks in revelation. The cup that destroys the world. There are other sources of fuel and ways to use energy yet we continue to have oil a limited resource as the main fuel for our vehicles. Think about renewable and non renewable sources of energy. We are running out of oil and continue to treat it like it is okay to use cheap methods of obtaining it and put people in charge of this resource that fail to ensure its safe handling. Time and again money and politics are put ahead of safety. Cover ups and kickbacks continue. Corruption is the very cog in the wheel of nations and has been the downfall of nations. This movie address the corruption very lightly for example the King Huey Long they do not say how he was assassinated for holding big oil accountable in the past. This kind of thing has been with humanity for centuries it is nothing new it is just a different commodity and the same exploitation of resources and humanity and for what? Money? This movie just affirms what I know about not just the Oil industry but others such as Big Pharma. When will people have the paradigm shift to realize what really matters? Life is not about who gets or has the most. It is not about saying I am better than you or about competition. It is about evolving in a manner that is ethical and humane.
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