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Unprecedented - 2000 Presidential Election (2002)

Peter Coyote , James Baker III , Joan Sekler , Richard Ray Perez  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Peter Coyote, James Baker III, Ed Baker, Corrine Brown, Vincent Bugliosi
  • Directors: Joan Sekler, Richard Ray Perez
  • Writers: Joan Sekler, Richard Ray Perez, William Haugse
  • Producers: Joan Sekler, Amy Sommer, Earl Katz
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096I8G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,996 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Unprecedented - 2000 Presidential Election" on IMDb

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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Investigated and Thought-Provoking Movie November 1, 2003
By A Customer
I just saw this movie and we had the opportunity to speak with the directors afterwards. It was a thoroughly investigated and informative look at the 2000 election. To counter comments made in a negative review--regarding the lack of Republican interviews--this question was asked of the directors this evening. Requests for interviews were sent to all key parties involved in the election, Republican and Democratic. All major Republican players declined their invitations. As well, many key Democratic officials declined to interview. The directors of this movie went to great lengths to show only those issues that were well-corroborated. There were many topics that they left out, such as rumors of police turning voters away, or stolen ballot-boxes, etc. because of lack of supporting evidence.
I urge everyone to watch this movie, Republican, Democratic, or otherwise. This movie will force us all to take a long, hard look at the flawed election system in the US and ultimately, to think about what we need to do to fix it.
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194 of 220 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bias doesn't necessarily equal untrue November 3, 2003
This documentary did an exceptional job of investigating the Florida vote controversy.
To address other negative reviewers arguments:
The documentary didn't try to link the felon list to black disenfranchisement alone. They offered the statistic that the majority of ex-felons vote for Democrats while also noting that 90% of all blacks vote for Democrats. Additionally, 50% of ex-felons in Florida are black. Add it all up, and Katharine Harris's masterful list of names would inevitably affect many more Democratic voters than Republican ones. It's as simple as that. She knew what she was doing. Purging of voter rolls is not new, but a statewide 15% error rate is absurb and wrong.
It WAS a concerted effort to block Democratic voters.
One fact that wasn't mentioned in the documentary was that the election commissioner in one county had her name removed from the rolls because she was supposedly a felon!
Harris was the CO-CHAIR of BUSH'S CAMPAIGN and she got to use her "discretion" to decide which votes to count! That fact alone is so absolutely outrageous (but true, regardless of your bias).
There is no doubt that this isn't the first time an election was stolen, even at the presidential level. But it's still disconcerting to know that the man who lost the popular vote and, by voters' intent, lost the electoral college is president today.
Even if you forget all the disenfranchisement controversy and just consider the thousands of votes Pat Buchanan got in the heavily Jewish/Democratic area with the infamous butterfly ballot, Gore would have won. Many voters mistakenly voted for Buchanan -- evident in personal testimonies and apparent in the extremely high number of votes Buchanan got in these Jewish communities.
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203 of 232 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally The Truth About The 2000 Election May 18, 2003
By A Customer
A fifty-minute documentary that shows in concise and dramatic fashion just how certain Republicans, from Jeb Bush to Katherine Harris to various operatives, rigged the Florida vote in the 2000 Presidential Election and how the Supreme Court voted to deny Americans a fair election. The interviews are extensive and shocking; the "accidental" computer purging of eligible Black and Democrat voters was criminal; and the scenes of Republican political operatives interfering with recount efforts make it clear that we don't currently have a functional democracy in the United States. If we are about to install "free and fair elections" in Iraq, why can't we have them here too? Let us hope that Americans will watch this video, that the mainstream media will begin to cover political and electoral misdeeds, and that we will take steps to ensure a free and fair election in 2004. A great companion piece to this video is Greg Palast's book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," the first chapter of which covers some of the same ground (Investigative reporter Palast is interviewed at length in "Unprecedented" and he uncovered much of the Republican mischief in Florida).
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Informative July 13, 2003
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I saw this documentary in May and was totally surprised at the information they showed. I am a Floridian who thought I knew everything about what happened in this election, but I was totally mistaken! If I had understood all that had taken place behind the scenes, I would have been even more upset at what happened. Of course, NOW, with what Bush has and is doing, I'm already more upset than then. At the time, I thought Bush might be OK since he seemed to be a nice guy, even though I voted for Gore. Now I want to get the video to show to everyone in my neighborhood who would like to see it.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confirms what everyone already knows.. February 16, 2004
As usual, time validates all the assertions made in this movie: The growing Diebold voting machine scandal, Bush getting caught in more lies and the continuing political fallout in Florida.
Everyone already figured out that G. Bush, his brother and his supporters monkeyed with the Florida vote, this film simply does a good job of telling the story. All the corruption and stupidity involved in this vote scam is exposed in this film. Watch Unprecedented and learn from it since this voter flim-flam will happen again!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Study in the exercise of Power October 19, 2003
By A Customer
Forget about which "side" you're on. This is for the movie nuts among us. Plus watching "Unprecented" for the first time is like watching one of those "60 Minutes" segments when you feel like your head's about to explode because of what you just found out.
Yes, it's about the Democrats being rolled over by an organized and ultimately more professional Republican political machine, but that's just the bare bones of the narrative. This is like a multi-character miniseries squeezed into a ninety-minute time frame, and some of the performances are memorable -- like the footage of Kathryn Harris in her role as the screen's first credible Lady Terminator, not even bothering to spin a cover story while operating as both Florida's election-supervising Secretary of State and chairperson of Bush's Florida campaign. But back to that "60 Minutes" context: When was the last time you saw the subject of one of "those" interviews tear off his lapel microphone and stalk off? Just because the questions were getting a wee bit too specific? The award goes to Robert Clayton, head honcho at the State of Florida's Division of Election. Then there's the courtroom subplot, which kicks in at about the half-way point, and is nutty in a whole different sort of way.
You'll probably have your own favorite scene. Mine was the freeze-framed local TV station's hallway shot of the principals in the "citizens' spontaneous protest" just outside the offices of the recount they were protesting against. Until they succeeded and the local officials gave up and quit. Whatever other emotions you have when that freeze-frame identifies those key "protesters," you won't be able to repress a feeling of
admiration at their unblinking assertion of raw power.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Misinformation for the uninformed aka Propaganda
The documentary starts off by painting Jeb Bush as a racist for, get this, wanting to do away with archaic government programs that judged people on the color of your skin. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Enigma
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I Get a Witness?
I watched this film as a Netflix selection and decided that I needed to purchase it (from Amazon, of course) "for the archives," to bear witness. Read more
Published on February 11, 2010 by R. F. Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars Unprecedented - The 2000 Presidential Election -
Unprecedented - The 2000 Presidential Election is an extrordinary dissection of the tragic 2000 Presidential Election. Read more
Published on March 18, 2009 by Hugh I. Biele
3.0 out of 5 stars Low key one sided documentary still interesting.
This documentary goes into detail and at least lets the viewer understand the case against the Republicans who supposedely stole the Florida 2000 election for George Bush. Read more
Published on September 25, 2007 by lighten_up_already2
4.0 out of 5 stars The true story behind an appalling miscarriage of justice
This brief documentary does a really good job at covering how the 2000 election was stolen and how thousands of eligible voters in good standing were turned away from the polls or... Read more
Published on January 14, 2007 by Anyechka
4.0 out of 5 stars Important subject. Allow yourself to be the judge.
The DVD's principal point is that our current voting system has disturbing barriers and a shocking lack of safeguards. Read more
Published on November 13, 2006 by Honest John
4.0 out of 5 stars Must See DVD for any person of Voting Age
Have you ever wondered what really happened in Florida during the 2000 presidential elections? Unprecented is an interesting documentary detailing the controversial election... Read more
Published on July 14, 2006 by M. Debnam
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Eye Opening Film
I cannot believe how mean and down-dirty elections can get when they get too close. Does it tell us something about the election process. It needs to become kinder. Read more
Published on May 29, 2006 by J. McAndrew
3.0 out of 5 stars I just had to respond!
I have not yet seen this, but I am ordering it. So, why am I reviewing? Well, actually, I'm not.

I was reading some of the reviews and one of them listed some points. Read more
Published on October 22, 2005 by MrHeaton
5.0 out of 5 stars 2000 Election Travesty
What happened in the 2000 election was a travesty of momumental proportions. It is the stuff that usually is found in fiction novels but it happened right here in the USA; the... Read more
Published on August 31, 2005 by Petey
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