You've Been Trumped 2012 NR CC

(13) IMDb 7.6/10
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In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.

Anthony Baxter, Michael Forbes
1 hour, 37 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Anthony Baxter
Starring Anthony Baxter, Michael Forbes
Supporting actors Sheila Forbes, Martin Ford, David Kennedy, David McCue, David Milne, Susan Munro, Richard Phinney, Charles Skene, Donald Trump, Andy Wightman
Studio Docurama
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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If you are a fan of reality television (I'm not), you have obviously seen a lot of Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump and know that he loves to hold whatever control and power he can get over individuals. While not a reality series with a planned plot, this recent wonderful documentary by British documentarian Anthony Baxter is REAL; captured in real time by Baxter (and even some of the local residents in a small community in Scotland - where Trump planned to build the world's largest golf course - when given hand help camcorders by Baxter).
One of my favorite "small films" is "Local Hero", a fictional feature film made in 1983 by Bill Forsythe which revolves around an American oil tycoon (played by Burt Lancaster) who sends his representative (Peter Riegert) to a similar Scottish community to buy up farm land and drill for oil. Baxter draws the parallel but incorporating scenes from "Local Hero" into his 100-minute film. What makes the store in "You've Been Trumped" so disheartening is that here there are real people who have lived on a beautiful coast with gorgeous sand dunes and lots of natural wildlife. And, as Baxter captures on his camera, the local police are - not surprisingly - on Trump's side because the politicians want the notoriety of the big project, damn the longtime residents.
Environmentalists will shed a tear as they watch the land being destroyed to make way for tee-off spots and a big hotel. The film is self-narrated by Baxter (who is an engaging speaker) and the residents. You are really drawn in to the story.
The DVD has a few two-minute clipsz of "unused footage" but the really special bonus is the 25-minute episode of Bill Moyers' show "Moyers& Company" where he interviews Baxter and urges ALL his viewers to see this important film.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 5, 2013
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In the vein of a true David versus Goliath story, the new documentary "You've Been Trumped" takes a fresh look at just what constitutes progress in the modern world. In an era where the conspicuously wealthy have been anointed the new aristocracy, what happens when ordinary citizens dare to take a stand against the profit machine? That's just what Anthony Baxter's entertaining film examines. In a case that became an international news story, local Scottish residents put everything on the line to try to prevent Donald Trump from destroying their countryside with a luxury golfing resort. And if ever a piece needed a good villain, Trump more than fills the bill. If I told you that Trump comes out in a very unflattering light, would that surprise you? While oftentimes Trump amuses me on a personal level, his greed and hubris certainly epitomize the skewed priorities that can't help but alienate the classes and perpetuate an economic divide. And where exactly do environmental concerns place when a multi-billion dollar deal is in play? I won't even answer that, I'll leave you guessing.

"You've Been Trumped" is, first and foremost, a tale of betrayal. The setting of the proposed resort is property that Trump has purchased along the Northern coast of Scotland (featured in 1983's Local Hero with Burt Lancaster). Ecologically sensitive, this stretch of land is one of the last vestiges of actual wilderness in the country. To undertake his massive construction project, the government overturns its own environmental laws to get in on the deal. This doesn't sit well with the locals that we meet and a war is ignited. And as their protests become more vocal and the construction efforts become more intrusive, the authorities want to have no part in the disagreement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By UFC Fan on January 12, 2014
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I wont go into detail the way so many have. Trump went to Scotland, and wanted to build the best Golf Course in the world. Unfortunately He does it at the expense of the last Natural Dunes Scotland had, and ruined them. Trump also used his money to play local officials, of every kind, and tried to push people off their land. When it became a dog fight for the last few houses, Trump degrades them by calling their homes slums and he would have to spend money to hide their houses so the world class golfers and anyone on the course would not see them. Basically David vs Goliath story. I am sure there must have been somewhere on the water near the beach, where Trump could have built the course without putting pressure on people to sell their homes, insulting them to the point of embarrassment of his behavior. Trump once through a contestant out of the boardroom and fired him for using the word "white trash". It is a common used term. I am white and I don't take offense. But what he called and described these people to be just because their homes were in their family for over a 100 years and so many generations? It made me think some of what he says on his show maybe just for the camera's, and he is not quite as honest as he would portray himself as.

Why not just look for another spot on the beach and leave the homes, and the natural Dunes alone. And so you see the battle and the interactions between the many people involved. The film crew, they get thrown off, I think arrested? And there was no charge. It is truly about Trump's influence on a small part of Scotland where small town people don't want high level billionaire types pushing them around. I think it's educational and a different side of Trump you want to see. I say give it a try.
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