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The Business End: Violence in Cinema (2008)

An unflinching look at the ongoing debate on violence in movies and its effect on the audience.


Gary Leva


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Himself
Peter Hyams ... Himself
Richard Rhodes Richard Rhodes ... Himself - Author of 'The Media Violence Myth'
Reni Santoni ... Himself
John Milius ... Himself
Neal King Neal King ... Himself - Author of 'Heroes in Hard Times'
Tyne Daly ... Herself
John Lee Hancock ... Himself
Andrew Robinson ... Himself
Steven E. de Souza ... Himself
Tom Fontana ... Himself
Joe Carnahan ... Himself
John Calley ... Himself
Emanuel Levy ... Himself - Author of 'Cinema of Outsiders: The Rise of American Independent Film'
Michael Madsen ... Himself


An unflinching look at the ongoing debate on violence in movies and its effect on the audience.

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Documentary | Short







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23 July 2008 (Finland) See more »

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Leva FilmWorks See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Violence in Cinema
14 June 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Business End: Violence in Cinema (2008)

**** (out of 4)

If you're making your way through the Dirty Harry Collection then you'll run into this documentary once you hit THE ENFORCER. This 30 minute documentary takes a look at violence in cinema and rather or not it's to blame for people committing crimes. Clint Eastwood, John Milus and Andrew Robinson are the ones connected to DIRTY HARRY who speak here but we get other interviews from filmmakers and authors who have written about violence in movies. As you'd expect, we start off talking about the changes that happened in the late 60's with stuff like BONNIE AND CLYDE and THE WILD BUNCH. From here we hear a wide range of opinions dealing with crimes committed after watching movies and rather or not filmmakers have a responsibility to not show certain things. If you're a fan of movies and especially movies with violence then you're really going to enjoy this because it really does do a nice job at looking at the subject and being fair to both sides. At only 30 minutes it obviously can't go into great details on the subject but it's certainly an interesting piece. I recently went through all five movies and it's kind of amazing at how violent they really are and especially if you compare them to the horror movies released at the same time and that were being ripped to shreds by the MPAA and being forced to be cut in order to avoid a X rating.

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