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American Dream: Detroit

American Dream: Detroit is a movie starring Mitch Albom, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Francis Ford Coppola. The comeback of Detroit is poised to be the greatest turnaround story of American history. American Dream: Detroit illustrates why...

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Documentary
Director
Michael Bolton, Christina Kline
Writer
David Leaf
Actors
Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Ellison, Mitch Albom, Francis Ford Coppola
Country
USA
Year
2018
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
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日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

The comeback of Detroit is poised to be the greatest turnaround story of American history. American Dream: Detroit illustrates why the history and the future of Detroit matters in the global landscape. Grammy winning singer Michael Bolton celebrates the golden age of Detroit - featuring its native entertainment legends like Francis Ford Coppola, Jerry Bruckheimer, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Alice Cooper, John Varvatos and many more - and reveals the landscape of the new Detroit being built by young visionaries as well as entrepreneurial moguls. Told through the eyes of Bolton's own discovery, this important story has remained until now largely obscured by mainstream media's preference to portray only the devastation of the city's downfall. This is the story of the American Dream.

Comments about documentary «American Dream: Detroit» (21)

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Maria P.

I had the privilege of watching this film at the NYC Film Festival. As an avid fan of the European horror and sci-fi genre, I'm very happy to see that the movie does not insult the audience by replacing its monster with something new and original. Rather, it takes a familiar storyline, injects its own style, and invites the audience to experience the fear. It's a simple story, and the characters are quite intriguing. It may have been a little predictable, but that's not to say it's not a worthwhile watch. It's also very enjoyable and very clever, which is also to be expected from a film of this caliber. The filmmakers clearly did their homework, and it shows.

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Jordan

When I first heard of the auto industry going bankrupt in the early 1980's, I was shocked and wanted to help. I thought it was very stupid to give the automakers billions in government subsidies and then watch as the cars became the most expensive thing on the planet. As the film shows, the auto industry made a good profit while producing some of the most destructive machines ever invented. Now, I like to think that when the car industry went bust, we did see a few good things, such as the lower cost of the cars, but then the damage was done. As long as it takes to make a car and the government subsidizes the production, the cars will be produced. And of course, a bad thing happens when cars become so expensive that the consumer pays a lot more to get them than they did before. I'm a big fan of the consumer's right to know, but as long as the auto companies keep the costs down, I don't think they have much of a right to know about the way the auto companies are making their cars. They're making them for the high price of the taxpayer, and they're going to keep making them at the expense of our health and our environment.

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Megan Harvey

An excellent film, there is a lot to learn about the economic woes of the American cities. However, there are some issues I have with it, first of all, the way they are portraying Detroit. While I have been to Detroit many times, it was hard for me to get comfortable with the portrayal of it. As a historian, I was very intrigued by the idea of the deterioration of the American city, and the reason it happened. To me it was the rich population moving into the city and buying up all the land. There were only about 150,000 people living there at the time, and they didn't want to lose the land, so they didn't want to keep the land and sell it. However, it was also the poor, and African Americans that were being displaced. As it turned out, there was an exodus of African Americans from the city. A lot of them ended up in the suburbs, and many of the city's businesses closed. One of the problems I had with the film was the way they portrayed the older generation, the businessmen, as being the ones that made the change. I think that the older generation would have been proud of what the younger generation did, but that didn't happen. The way they portrayed the younger generation was very negative, and I think that it wasn't a good representation of their actions. There were some other issues I had with the film, like the fact that they seemed to make the younger generation look like victims, and that the older generation didn't do anything wrong. I also think that the film didn't have enough focus on the middle class, as in the beginning, and more on the lower class. There were many incidents of people being shot or beaten in the city, but there was no mention of the fact that they were not the only ones being victimized. I think that the film did a good job at portraying the city, and I would recommend it to people that are interested in the American city.

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Walter J.

This film is about Detroit, Michigan. The movie is interesting to watch as it tells the story of the struggles of Detroit's working class and the failure of the UAW unions to unite the working class of Detroit. It has a strong sense of the history of Detroit and the "Communist Manifesto" that was written by Cesar Chavez, the president of the United Farm Workers. This film is one of the few that tells the story of Detroit from the working class perspective. The film was made by the workers of Detroit and by the Detroit Police Department. It was filmed in real time, using grainy and the inside of the police station and other locations. The actors are able to convey the emotions of the story in a way that is believable. In the movie, all the major characters are from Detroit, but the main characters are from other cities in Michigan. The director made it clear that he did not want to tell the story of Detroit from the perspective of the Detroit police, but rather from the perspective of the working class of Detroit. That was his intention. It is a great film for those who are interested in the history of Detroit and the UAW unions.

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Tammy

This movie is a MUST for any race enthusiast. It brings up so many important issues in a timely manner. It's about a community that is dying, and how people are responding to it. This is a well done documentary, and shows how much has changed over the last 20 years. There are so many people who are dying and so many people who are not doing anything about it. This is why I give it an 8 out of 10. If you're a race fan, you'll like this movie.

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Steven C.

I just finished watching this documentary. It's a very important film, one that I have only seen on the TV, but the film is wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a great story about the "Detroit Dream". Some of the comments here do not seem to understand the film, so I will address them. The people who did not like this film were saying that it was just a collection of photos of various individuals. However, it is not about pictures. It is about the pain, the anger, the struggles and the difficulties of those who lived in Detroit in the 1970's. To call it a collection of photos is to reduce the scope of the film. It is not about the photos. It is about the people who lived and worked in the city. And it is about the transformation of the city. This film was made by two people who went through the turmoil that was the 1967 riots in Detroit. The interviewees are their sons. Their interviews are in black and white, so that the viewer can see the difference between the interviews and the pictures. They talk about how they lived, how they felt about the riots, how they felt about the city. It is a very personal documentary, so it is not suitable for everyone. However, it is a very important documentary that I would recommend to anyone.

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Sara Simmons

DETROIT has become a symbol of American malaise, and a metaphor for the American Dream in general. It is a city without hope, where millions of people have lost faith in the future and instead have grown despondent about the future. However, as the film shows, the current economic and social crisis in Detroit is not entirely the fault of the individual in the city. Instead, it is the result of a set of policies that took root after the riots of 1967. This film takes a critical look at the city's residents, business owners and political leaders. It is hard to say which are the heroes and which the villains, but each one of them is flawed in one way or another. The mayor of Detroit, Coleman Young, is portrayed as the most corrupt of all. His main task is to try to prevent the city from being torn down. He has little interest in the problems plaguing Detroit and prefers to focus on the glitz of the downtown areas. As a result, his policies have created the most wasteful city in America. Meanwhile, the mayor's wife, Hazel Moore, has succeeded in attracting an international business group. This group has no qualms about moving into the city. After the group pays the city a visit, the mayor dismisses their offer of help, and instead focuses on building an airport in the downtown area. This causes major traffic problems in the city, and he feels he can do whatever he wants with the money he has received. This, combined with the city's lack of development, have led to a small class of wealthy business owners who can afford to buy up property and give it away for a price. These businesses are now looking for ways to leave the city. The United Auto Workers, who are responsible for the creation of the bankruptcy laws, are not doing too well either. The UAW is doing well in the private sector, but has been hamstrung by the bankruptcy laws. They are doing everything they can to prevent the city from being taken over by foreign business interests. The fact that their members are having to give up their pensions and benefits has caused a huge amount of unrest in the working class. Although these actors do their best to portray the emotions and issues that the people in Detroit face, they do not have a lot of original material to work with. This means that the performances are quite well done, but they do not really give the film a deep and interesting point of view. In this sense, the film has some elements that are similar to the ones in FEARLESS FOURTH SENSE, although the plot is not as well developed. The most significant difference is that FEARLESS FOURTH SENSE is a very well made film that goes into a lot of depth on many issues. As a result, it has a great deal of depth and complexity, whereas this film has a lot of dialogue that is very shallow. The problem is that, in the end, it seems as though the writers of the film did not know what they were doing. The plot has a few flaws, but it is also very well written. This is not to say that it is a bad film, but it is not a good film. The main problem with this film is that the writers did not know what they were doing. This is because the film never really answers many questions about the economic and social situation in Detroit, or why the people are having such a hard time. As a result, the film leaves the audience with a lot of unanswered questions. The writers did not know how to finish the film. The result is that the film is not a good film. As a result, this film is not recommended. However, it is a very well made film, with a very interesting story that deserves to be seen. This film is definitely worth watching, but the flaws do not make it a good film.

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Howard P.

This documentary was well written and well shot. It has many interesting points about the people who worked on this project, and their stories are very compelling. As I said, the editing is a bit choppy at times, but the footage is definitely interesting and some of it is extremely touching. This film is extremely important to Detroiters and I think it's important to share this story with the world.

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Tiffany

To say that this is a documentary is a bit of an understatement. Director, Jesse Waldman, makes this film in his own style. It's like a visual record of the Detroit riots of 1967, with the war and the riots as a backdrop. The film takes us to the war zone and then follows the residents of a nearby home. While there, they are interviewed by a variety of people and we see how their lives have been affected. We also hear from the Mayor of Detroit, how the riots changed his life, and some other interesting anecdotes. The film is essentially a collection of stories. But as Waldman says, it's not a documentary. We don't see the riots, but we hear about them. In addition, the story of the riots is very important because it shows the damage caused by the riots. The damage was not only financial, but the destruction of the lives of some of the people in Detroit. It's an important thing to know. This is not a documentary about the riots, it's a documentary about the people who lived through them. They're not villains or heroes, they're just people. And the fact that they live through these things is what makes the film so powerful. Waldman has a great sense of timing. He has some great shots, and he knows how to set the mood. He's always great. But the real fun comes in the interviews. The interviews are always interesting, but Waldman doesn't get carried away. He doesn't just want to tell the story, he wants to tell the story with his interviews. We get to hear how people describe their experiences and their feelings, and that's why the film is so great. Waldman's work is not only important for documenting a story, but he has a great understanding of people. He knows what it's like to live in this city, and he's smart enough to get the most out of what he has. It's all here in this film. It's a very deep look into what it's like to live in Detroit, and a fascinating look at how the riots affected people and the country as a whole. Waldman is certainly one of the best documentary filmmakers around.

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Diana W.

I really like this film, and I have no idea why it's not on DVD. You could probably do a lot worse than this. It's a depressing documentary about the state of Detroit. It's hard to watch, and it really does get under your skin. It is a documentary that will resonate with anyone who is not an actual fan of the Detroit Lions, but it is not a documentary that will appeal to everyone. It does offer some of the truth about the city and the people who live there, but it's hard to swallow the actual truth, the reality of what goes on behind the scenes. It's a depressing documentary that is sure to draw tears. It's not the greatest documentary you will ever see, but it's not the worst either.

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Rachel R.

When I was a little girl I always thought that the country was in a decline and the great depression had come. When I was in the ninth grade I saw this documentary on TV and saw it was from the home of Arthur M. Schlesinger. He died in 2006. He was very old, and his wife was sick with cancer. They did not want the film to be a biopic and they wanted it to be a tribute to someone who made a difference in America. They also wanted it to be about his father. I was impressed by the passion that this man put into making the film. I have always liked him and admired him, and he did something very important for the country. I would like to see more films about him. I also thought that it was very interesting to see the way the films were produced. The first one was a film in which he narrated and the other one was an excellent film of what happened when he was president. I thought that these films were really good because you could see how the president's chief of staff and the secretary of the Treasury were actually working for the president. I thought that the videos were a good touch. There were some times when he was talking to the president and the secretary of the Treasury, but they were only a few of the many clips that I found very informative. There was also an interesting conversation that the president had with him about the economy. This is another movie I would recommend to anyone, because I am sure that you will enjoy it.

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Amy

I'm a lot more into the art of film making, but I am always impressed when I hear the film being used for a purpose and it is not simply a way to get the points across. The cinematography is absolutely breathtaking, the direction is brilliant and the music is really really good. I really like the way the camera is used to get a feel for the locations, as well as the way it plays with the scenes and how they fit together. It was really touching, there are some scenes that are simply really powerful, as well as some really shocking moments. It's also very atmospheric, which is a very rare thing. The movie is a lot more about how the state of the nation was at the time, than it is about the people that lived in Detroit. The film is great, and it is definitely one of the best documentaries I've ever seen.

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Julia C.

I'm a professional who's worked in politics for 30 years, so I've got a pretty good feel for what's going on in America. This documentary is the equivalent of the greatest political documentary of all time, the documentary "A People's History of the United States" from the 1920's through the 1960's. It's an hour-long, 10,000-word treatise on the "American Dream." It has a lot of terrific, inspiring quotes and it is also extremely well-researched and as well-done as it is. The problem with this documentary is that it is very analytical and very formal. It doesn't really let the viewer step out of the film, it's too analytical. So instead of being a film for its own sake, it is too concerned with the intellectual rigor of its subject matter. It's a shame because this is a really powerful documentary. It is one of the best films of all time.

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Jane Ray

this is a documentary about a race riot in Detroit in 1989. which happens to be the city where i grew up in the 80's. i was born in the 80's so i know a little bit of what it was like to live through the 80's. the first half of the film is about the riot. the second half is about the Detroit riots themselves. it is really quite sad to see how much has changed since then. some of the things that happened during the riots were not really correct and they were forgotten. at one point the reporter of the documentary who is a professor, says that it was a great thing that the riots happened in the 80's because now we can look back on it and really see the world through rose colored glasses. but i disagree with that. because if you think about it, back then the 80's really were a good time for some people. but when you look back now, what we really see is the world that we lived in. so i think that the first half of the film was pretty good. but i think that the second half of the film is really amazing. it really shows the corruption of the police department and how they basically just let the riots happen and how the city of Detroit really became the city of riot. so yeah i recommend this film to anyone who is interested in a documentary about the 80's. if you don't like documentaries, you might not like this film. but it is still a good documentary.

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Kathy V.

It is not surprising that a documentary about Detroit is considered to be so engaging. But it is also not surprising that it was the only documentary about Detroit to garner a Best Documentary Award. "Detroit" follows a group of individuals who have been working in the automobile industry for thirty years. They all have a story to tell about what it was like to work for the Detroit car company. This documentary tells a unique story about the steel mills that have taken root in Detroit, the friendship that develops between some of the people who have worked for the steel mills, and the friendships that develop among the people who work at the steel mills. The film does not tell you how the steel mills developed in Detroit. What it does tell you is the incredible commitment and dedication to the steel mills that was felt by these men. It is clear that these men care about the steel mills and what they produce. This documentary is not a fast-paced documentary that you can skip through, it is more of a slow documentary that you can fully understand and appreciate. This documentary is a must-see. It is an excellent documentary that is worth watching.

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Nicholas

This documentary follows a group of hip-hop artists who live and work in Detroit, Michigan. We follow them from their childhood in Detroit to their professional and personal lives, and the highs and lows that comes with the constant struggle of being an artist. The film does a wonderful job of showing the actual hustle and bustle that the musicians live through, and it does so with great panache. I was impressed with the film's scope. It covers every corner of the city, from the gritty neighborhoods of the North End to the now upscale neighborhood of Cass Corridor. They even show some of the warehouses that have been converted into apartments. The documentary is a bit heavy on music, but I think that is necessary because of the characters they are portraying. Even though the characters are primarily rappers, it's not only about them. The film is also a bit deeper and more realistic than most documentaries, as it shows the hardships and struggles that many of the artists go through. It does a great job at depicting the struggle and the struggles that some of the artists face, even if it is for one reason or another. The film is a great tribute to the music and the music itself, and it also does a great job of explaining the problems in the city. While the film may be a bit different than most documentaries, I think it is still very well done and worth watching.

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Harry

I wanted to see this movie because of how well it portrayed the city of Detroit, and specifically, the popular culture of the '80's. The movie was so strong, I knew I had to see it, and I really did. The interviews with those who have had a major impact on the city of Detroit are really great. The director did a great job of explaining how people were affected by this city, and how people just simply loved to live in the city. I really liked the director's attention to detail in this film, such as the art work at the beginning of the movie, the selection of music, and the soundtrack. The only reason I gave it an 8 is because the editing was a little choppy at times. This is because it was edited after the interviewees were interviewed, and this really bothered me, because I really liked the film. The only thing I would have liked to see was more focus on the people and the people's lives. In this film, we do get to see some of the people, but they were just brief clips. I hope the director will do another movie to tell the stories of the people of Detroit. I also hope that he will include some of the music from the '80's. I think it would be great to show some of the early '80's music, like Motown, Boogie Down Productions, and even the Soundgarden and Nirvana. I would really like to see this movie get some recognition. The director really deserves an award. I hope this movie gets some exposure. This is a great film, and I think the director should be recognized for his work. I hope everyone who is interested in this movie will go see it, and tell everyone who isn't. The interviewees are really interesting, and I enjoyed the movie a lot.

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Cheryl

This is a really nice documentary. I liked the parts that showed the breakdown of the family. I liked how the journalist didn't try to hide the fact that he is a liberal and he has the same views as many people in this country. The "scientist" could be the person who comes out and says "look, it is an incredible story." The big thing is the history of the movie. When the "scientist" was talking about the ship, he was talking about something like 10,000 years ago. When the journalist showed that "scientist" the first thing he said was "he was talking about the first Roman Empire." I like how he mentioned that it was a lot more advanced than what was shown in the movie. I also like how the journalists show the control the government had over the people. The government didn't have the right to decide who should be allowed to vote and who shouldn't. The scientists told that if you don't vote, you don't get your vote back. I also like how the science was presented and the views of the scientists. Overall, this is a very good documentary.

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Patrick

This is a documentary about the development of the American Dream. It is a compilation of interviews with people who had an impact on the course of American history. The interviews are mainly from the 1960's and 1970's. It covers how an immigrant from the Czech Republic and a Polish immigrant from Poland (the two men played by Toni Collette and James Woods) combined to become the two most successful American artists of the 20th century. Their films were huge hits, both commercially and critically. They made movies about artists and films about the common man. It is a moving film that tells the stories of two great artists and their followers. The film is very well made and I would recommend it to anyone who likes documentaries.

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Lawrence J.

It's not just the people of Detroit, it's how we treat the people in Detroit. As a black man, this movie showed me a point of view I never saw before. It showed how we treat the white people in Detroit, how they treat us. It shows how we treat the police and how they treat us. We have to be thankful that our brothers and sisters in Detroit are fighting to keep us safe. This movie showed how there is no group that is not fighting for us. How we can all be one big family. That is what this movie was all about. Thank you Amy Smart for your support of us and your passion to bring this message to all of us.

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Beverly Sims

This documentary is a bit of a throwback to a more authentic kind of documentary. That's not to say it's inaccurate, but it definitely has a feel of old-school documentary making. The fact that the only footage from the early days of the movie business, as well as the unedited early bits of footage, are here is rather amusing. It also points out some key scenes in the history of the movie industry in Detroit, and it's also interesting to see that the same documentary crew that made this documentary made another about the Detroit Tigers back in the day, and you can see some similarities in how they covered the same ground. It's also interesting to see the current administration of the United States government reacting to a film that depicts the federal government as being what it was in the 1930s, when it was actually far more radical and far less like the modern government in our country today. This is a very interesting and entertaining film. It's not perfect, but it's not bad, either. Definitely recommended.