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The Big Uneasy

John Goodman , Harry Shearer  |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Goodman
  • Directors: Harry Shearer
  • Writers: Harry Shearer
  • Producers: Karen Murphy, Christine O'Malley
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: FilmBuff
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,655 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The first documentary by New Orleans resident and longtime "mockumentarian" Harry Shearer (This Is Spinal Tap; A Mighty Wind), The Big Uneasy follows three remarkable people - the leaders of two scientific investigation teams, and one whistle-blower - as they reveal the true story of why the city flooded, why it could happen again, and why other U.S. cities are at risk. It's the "news" the mainstream news media missed; an inside look at a disaster that could have been prevented from the people who were there. Critics have called it "A gripping, persuasive film. Essential Viewing" (The Los Angeles Times), "Poignant...indispensable" (The New York Times) and "A scathing airtight case." (Village Voice).

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- Feature-Length Commentary by Director Harry Shearer
- Making The Big Uneasy Easy (Behind The Scenes)
- Post-Screening Q&A
- Harry Shearer's National Press Club Speech

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See For All Americans August 27, 2011
Diary From The Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina

Having been a So. Calif. tourist stuck in the Superdome during Katrina and the levee failures I was most interested in seeing this documentary. I was fortunate to attend the screening in New Orleans and Harry was present for a Q & A. While not totally objective, as I was there during the debacle of this unnatural disaster and natural disaster, I still would have found this film as captivating and especially enlightening even if I had been safe at home.

While one may expect some humor with Harry making this movie, you won't find that in this film. What you will find is an eye opening discovery of the links between Congress, the Army Corps of Engineers, Subcontractors, and special interests whose interest are not your safety but rather building water projects that reward contributors, speed, cutting corners, and friends. You will discover the lack of accountability in these projects and the pain which those who are whistle-blowers have to endure to try and protect the 51% of us who live in counties "protected" by Army Corps' projects.

There are many myths surrounding Hurricane Katrina and the death and destruction in New Orleans. Unfortunately too many Americans still attribute that to Katrina the storm, when in fact it was the failed Army Corps of Engineers levees that couldn't survive a Category 3 storm, and the slow response by FEMA that led to most of the deaths and destruction in NOLA. After seeing this film you will be a believer.

Furthermore you will gain a better understanding of how money runs our political systems (in case you weren't already atune to this). This film is a winner because it does what a documentary is supposed to do; providing raw first person footage and first person commentary in a way that elucidates and educates the viewer in a clear manner.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, informative film August 22, 2011
I wish that everyone would see this film. I am from New Orleans, and the devastation from Hurricane Katrina is beyond what most people can imagine. This film accurately tells the story of the continued ineptitude of the Army Corps of Engineers in regards to the city of New Orleans. It also shows how certain whistleblowers have been penalized for their honesty and integrity concerning the situation.

A lot of people don't understand why we New Orleanians blame the government for Katrina, since it was a "natural" disaster. You will get it after seeing The Big Uneasy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Be Seen October 11, 2011
By AlBx
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Without some of the Hollywood fluff, this film should be required viewing in every Civics and Civil Engineering classroom in the U.S. Powerful and well done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Uneasy and W's Stone Wall of Bias June 7, 2012
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I'm a native of the Gulf Crescent, familiar with New Orleans politics and the area. New Orleans was never one of my favorite places, but; it definitely had character and the flavor of the Gulf. What happened there, and has been happening to the people there since Katrina hit, is a travesty that the world has witnessed. This film brings to light only a few of the salient facts about the whole mess. Just get off your political soap box for a minute, and compare what has been done with and to the New Orleans Area with regard to Katrina - look to see where any real help has come from (private agencies, local volunteers, local businesses, and the like) - then compare what Japan has done since the devastating tsunami of March 11th. The contrast is stark and revealing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Truth Ignored... October 9, 2011
So, was Katrina a "natural disaster" as the media & government would have you believe? Or was it a man-made one?
Actor, writer & comedian Harry Shearer didn't have to break into some secret file to uncover the truth. The evidence was there for anyone to see: collapsed floodwalls, failed pumping systems, and a failure on the part of the media that can't be topped. The post-Katrina disaster, well, we know about that: lack of aid, FEMA screw-ups, homelessness, the abandonment of entire sections of New Orleans. But it's what happened BEFORE to cause the flooding that matters most: poorly designed, under-funded projects touted as New Orleans' protection from storms even more powerful than Katrina. Most of the flooding in N.O. was not caused by the storm going OVER the walls, but rather of the storm going UNDER them and breaking them at the ill-designed foundation; pumps designed to evacuate water from the city which never met testing standards; whistle blowers ignored and demoted; post-Katrina reports ignored by the media.
And not only is this an investigative film which takes us where the journalists should have, but it's an insightful, human tale as well. John Goodman (doing his very best "John Goodman"!) introduces us to New Orleanians who tell their stories, too.
The Katrina disaster could have been avoided. Harry Shearer has done a remarkable job exposing the truth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Uneasy October 9, 2011
This movie has very convincingly outlined how the city happened to flood during Katrina. It wasn't because Katrina was such a bad storm but it was because so many safeguards to prevent the flooding failed. Mainly; levees that were supposed to protect the city (built by the Army Corps of Engineers. Its about Engineers who trie to find out why the city flooded; did find out why and when they tried to tell people, these same Engineers were treated as whistle blowers and some were relieved of their positions. All those people died because the safeguards that were put in place to protect them were inferior.
I don't know why people aren't more angry about this information !
I'm saying this badly but I wanted to review it anyway.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Investigative reporting at its best
Gripping and devastating indictment of government incompetence and venality. Sobering to watch.
Published 22 days ago by palisadesk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Diane Stelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I liked the Movie [Documentary] !!
Harry Shearer did a wonderful job speaking "truth" to "Power and ignorance" !!! I'm reminded,(being a baby boomer) "That if your not part of the solution, your... Read more
Published 6 months ago by two fishes
4.0 out of 5 stars UPP101
The primary focus of the documentary “The Big Uneasy” is the Hurricane Katrina that happen in New Orleans in 2006. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Linda
3.0 out of 5 stars So So Video The Big Easy
A lot of technology in this video. It's mostly about the engineering of a new levee system. John Goodman was just a short piece of
the film.
Published 11 months ago by Lesa Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars corps employee
The more I have learned about my employers, the harder I try to find a new job. I am just not like them.
Published 16 months ago by Mary murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this movie!
A well put together account of the flooding of New Orleans by the Army Corps of Engineers. It gives an analysis of what happened and why as well as a discussion of why New Orleans... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Honk Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary
A very informative yet easy to watch documentary. It raises real issues without going off the deepend and becoming a conspiracy theory based film.
Published 20 months ago by Jacob S. Selvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and funny and informative
Harry Shearer is a big favorite of mine and always has been. This is a serious turn, with humor mixed in the most natural way, and tells the real story of the federal flood... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sharon McBroom
5.0 out of 5 stars Skillfully and scientifically tells the REAL reason why New Orleans...
Don't look for any comedy from Harry Shearer or even John Goodman who does a few brief bits in sections of this film. Read more
Published on October 3, 2012 by Daniel J. Fiebiger
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